Islamabad, May 4: Pakistani Prime Minister Shabaz Sharif accused former Prime Minister Imran Khan of media censorship during his tenure at PTI on Wednesday, and his government is fully committed to national press and speech freedom, according to media reports. Stated.
In a statement the day after World Press Freedom Day, Sharif said Pakistan was ranked 12th in the Imran Khan administration’s World Press Freedom Index last year and fell 18 points during his tenure, GeoNews reported. .. Pakistan fell further in the Press Freedom Index to 157th place.
“It not only gave him the shameful title of’predator of freedom of the press’, but also exposed our democracy to bad light,” Sharif tweeted, media during his term as Prime Minister of Pakistan. He accused PTI Chairman Imran Khan of imposing a rim stone on him.
Sharif’s statement, citing Reporters Without Borders (RSF) annual report, said his government was “fully committed to freedom of press and speech.”
In that report, RSF painted a dark picture of Pakistan’s media freedom, ranking Pakistan 157th out of 180, with a score of 37.99.
Pakistan was 145th on the list last year with a score of 53.14.
On Tuesday, World Press Freedom Day was held around the world. This year’s theme for the day was “Journalism Under Digital Siege,” which is the multiple ways in which journalism is endangered by surveillance and attacks on journalists via digital, all of which have an impact on public confidence in digital communications. Focused on.
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