'Those targeting journalists are enemies of democracy'

Rashid says govt believes in media freedom, will punish culprits

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday strongly condemned torture on media persons in Islamabad.

In a statement issued here, the minister said that the federal government has taken notice of the reports of attacks on journalists. The minister said that the concerned authorities have been directed to ensure that no hurdle is created by police or protesters in the performance of professional duties by journalists.

Senator Rashid said that anyone involved in torture of journalists would be held accountable. He said that the government believes in freedom of expression as democracy and media freedom go hand in hand. The minister said that those targeting journalists, performing their professional obligations, are neither friend of democracy nor democratic system.

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