Shahbaz criticizes PM’s policy against media

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Amraiz Khan

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President, Shehbaz Sharif has taken exception to the policy of Prime Minister towards media. He said that earlier Prime Minister used the media to amplify his politics and when the same media exposed him, he turned against it.

The Opposition leader in National Assembly took to the tweeter on Tuesday and said, “IK’s unrestrained anger for the media is understandable. He has used it to turbocharge his politics of lies, deceit & character assassination. When the same media is showing him the mirror, he has turned against it. It is how the fascists behave & want everything to fall in line.”

It is worth mentioning here that Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address on Monday night had said that the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) was formed in 2016 and his government was only amending it to stem the spread of fake news. The Prime Minister further said that mafia men were blackmailing the government in the name of freedom of the press and added that even the prime minister of the country was not spared on social media. “A head of state who has not been involved in corruption is not scared of the media,” the prime minister stated and added that most of the news stories being aired by media channels were anti-government.

He also came down hard on the journalists involved in publishing ‘fake stories’ against the government, saying that the type of news stories published in Pakistani media could not be reported in any other democracy of the world.

He pointed out that good journalism was an asset to society, but mudslinging and filthy remarks about women should be controlled. Shahbaz Sharif has objected to the statement of Prime Minister on media policy wherein he declared to remain firm with the implementation of PECA.

 

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