The government is taking steps to ensure betterment of the journalist fraternity, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz said Monday.
During an interview with a private TV channel, Faraz stated that the issues confronted by media could be resolved with joint efforts by government and journalists.
Urging media to play a constructive role for the betterment of the country and its people, the minister remarked that the previous governments did not pay attention to formulating media laws.
“Today media is not facing those restrictions and hardships as in the past,” he added.
Earlier on Sunday, the information minister had attended a protest staged by journalists on World Press Freedom Day — May 3 — against the arrest of Jang Geo Media Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman by the National Accountability Bureau.
Addressing the gathering, Senator Faraz had said: “Unfortunately, this sacred profession never got the recognition it deserved.”
He also noted that many of the participating journalists’ “peers in the past and your colleagues now” had been there in various situations and in every condition whether it be an issue that concerns Pakistan, the world, Kashmir, public rights or political struggle.
“The first and foremost group [I hold dear] is my journalists’ brethren,” he had communicated, adding that it is common knowledge that he hails from a family of writers and is the son of famed Pakistani poet Ahmed Faraz.