CPNE to resist censorship, announces media defense campaign

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LAHORE (ENNS/PR)  The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has rejected the proposal of Media Courts and vowed to resist all sort of censorship and pressures being exerted on media, in its emergency meeting held on Wednesday, presided by Mr. Arif Nizami in Lahore.

“Media is facing immense pressure, hurdles, advisories and censorship indirectly   but no government department is ready to take the ownership and responsibility of such restriction” said CPNE in its resolution passed in standing committee’s meeting. 

The resolution further said “free media is vital for the political, economic, defense, and cultural stability of the country as it provides platform to express and disseminate various type of information and opinions with all kinds of diversity; thus creates enabling environment for a tolerant society”. 

“In past people were compelled to rely upon foreign media due to worse censorship on Pakistani media, resultantly the country faced huge losses at the defense, political and economic fronts” added the resolution.

The CPNE denounced and disassociated itself from the media mal-practitioners and said such elements should be dealt be brought to justice. “CPNE stands for media freedom” said the resolution.

CPNE standing committee meeting decided to launch media defense campaign by holding “Media Defense” conferences for the protection and freedom of media in all provincial capitals including Islamabad.

CPNE, while condemning the ban on advertisements of Daily Nai Bat, demanded the restoration of the advertisements.

The CPNE emergency meeting was attended by Secretary General Dr. Jabbar Khattak, Vice Presidents Sardar Khan Niazi, Irshad Ahmed Arif and Anwar Sajidi, Atta-ur-Rehman, Aijaz-ul-Haq, Ayaz Khan, Kazim Khan, Ali Ahmed Dhalon, Khalil-ur-Rehman, Malik Liaquat Ali, Owais Raazi, Waqas Tariq Farooq, Akmal Chohan, Najmul Hassan Arif, Ahmed Shafiq, Zubair Mehmood Khalid, Imtiaz Roohani, Bashir Ahmed Khan, Abid Aleem, Usman Ghani Saifee, Aslam Mian and other senior members and, editors.

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