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2019-07-18 India-Pakistan
PTI says critical media coverage may be 'treason'
[DAWN] The ruling party has linking critical coverage by the press to potential "treason" in its latest broadside against the country's beleaguered media.

The official account of Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) fired off over two dozen tweets in English and Urdu late Tuesday, lambasting the press for criticism, saying it can be deemed "Anti-State".

"Freedom of Expression is beauty of Democracy. Expressing Enemy's Stance is Not Freedom of speech but treason against its people," read one tweet.

"Media houses & journalists must take care that in their quest for criticism on State, they intentionally or unintentionally do not end up propagating enemy's stance," read another, with the hashtag JournalismNotAgenda.

Pakistain routinely ranks among the world's most dangerous countries for media workers, and news hounds have frequently been detained, beaten and even killed for being critical of the government or military.

In recent years, the space for dissent has shrunk further, with the government announcing a crackdown on social networks and traditional media houses decrying pressure from authorities that they say has resulted in widespread self-censorship.

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders recently warned of "disturbing dictatorial tendencies" after three Pak TV stations were briefly taken off air in what it called "brazen censorship".

Posted by Fred 2019-07-18 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [138 views ]  Top
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