MULTAN – Calling freedom of press essential for strengthening democracy, former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the former government of the Pakistan People’s Party had given unprecedented freedom to the press.
Speaking to journalists here, Gilani said that PPP believes in freedom of media and the media should also show responsible attitude. “The PPP-led government has extended unprecedented freedom to the press which was not given by any government in the past,” he said.
He said PPP governments had always provided freedom to all in the country without discrimination and had never imposed restrictions on media institutions. Acknowledging the role of journalists against dictatorial and autocratic regimes, he said their sacrifices for the freedom of expression and social liberties had paved the way for rejuvenated democracy in Pakistan.
The former premier said that democracy and the media go hand in hand and freedom of the media guarantees sustained and stable democracy.