–Minister says PM Imran strongly believes in freedom of expression
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has said that the government is laying special focus on the development of digital media, as it has attained tremendous significance in the dissemination of information.
The information minister was talking to Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Gabriela Cuevas Barron.
Giving his views on the print and electronic media landscape in Pakistan, Faraz said that it has undergone a complete transformation over the past years in terms of outreach and gaining influence in shaping up public opinion.
The minister also informed the IPU president about the working and functioning of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and its various departments.
Both sides also emphasised the need for cooperation in the fields of information and tourism between Pakistan and Mexico.
Separately, Faraz, while talking to a delegation of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) which called on him, said that Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly believes in freedom of expression.
He said that there was no pressure or interference from the government in the media and transparency and merit would be ensured in resolving media related issues.
He expressed the need to improve and strengthen the institutions and the system, and added that “we want to build a strong system that should be effective in the future as well.”
He said that he considered the best relations with the media as his most valuable asset.
Faraz said that due to the coronavirus pandemic, face-to-face meetings were reduced, but now owing to the effective strategy of the government the situation had improved.
The minister said that the process of meetings should continue so that issues could be discussed and resolved.
The delegation briefed the minister in detail about the problems being faced by the media industry.
The CPNE delegation consisted of President Arif Nizami, General Secretary Dr Jabbar Khattak, Sardar Khan Niazi, Irshad Arif, Ayaz Khan, Kazim Khan, Ejazul Haq, Anwar Sajidi, Tahir Farooq, Hassan Abidi, Ghulam Nabi Chandio, Amir Mahmood, Hafiz Sanaullah, Yousaf Nizami and Amin Haider.
Information Secretary Akbar Durrani and Principal Information Officer (PIO) Shaheera Shahid were also present in the meeting.