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Government committed to resolve Journalists’ problems: SACM

Lahore, January 18, 2021 (PPI-OT): Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the government is committed to resolve longstanding issues and problems of the journalists on a priority basis. Media is a mirror of society and highlights problems of the society adding that the voice of journalists is voice of the people. These views were expressed by Special Assistant to CM while addressing the Federal Executive Council of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) at Lahore Press Club on Saturday.

Addressing the occasion, Dr Firdous said the Punjab government provided financial assistance to journalists who became the victim of corona pandemic. She said the government is bringing a new media policy in which views of the journalists will be taken into consideration. The proposal to construct media tower and training academy for the journalists will be presented in the next ADP, she further said. The Special Assistant said the government and journalists are two wheels of a car that provide guidance and assistance to each other in the journey of public welfare.

While the government is serious in resolving the problems of media, journalists should also acknowledge and promote government’s point of view, she further said. The Special Assistant said the PTI government is ensuring freedom of expression and journalists have the right to say or write whatever they want in the public-interest but they should also keep in mind the interests of the state. The interests of the state should not be neglected while highlighting the interests of the people, she added. Dr Firdous said the PTI came to power with the slogan of change and Prime Minister Imran Khan was striving hard to fulfil the promise of institutional reforms in the country.

She said that media is also an institution but the interests of media workers and media owners are different adding that speaking with one voice on the issues that matter the most will benefit the whole journalist community. The SACM said the former governments used public money for self-projection in the shape of advertisements even without the budget approval but the PTI government doesn’t want to repeat the mistakes done by the previous rulers. The incumbent government has adopted a systematic method of advertising, she further said.

Dr Firdous said that flower petals were showered on Shehbaz Sharif during his appearance in NAB and an accused was presented as a hero. She said it is very unfortunate that in our society, people convicted by the courts flash victory signs adding that these former rulers robbed the innocent people and looted the national exchequer. The Special Assistant said that November is gone, December is gone and even half of the January has passed but nothing has happened as claimed by the Mariyam Nawaz adding that defeat is the fate of PDM. She said that PDM is an alliance of corrupt politicians who apparently are united but often in clash with one another.

If all the parties that are part of PDM are united then why they don’t unanimously agree for a suitable candidate in the Senate elections, she further said. Dr Firdous said the 11-party alliance that failed to nominate two unanimous candidates in the by-elections is claiming to overthrow the government and resolve peoples’ problems. She said that everybody is well aware that PPP rejected the proposal of resignation first and then refused to boycott the by-elections. The government is ready to talk to PDM if it is serious for the welfare of the people, she further said.

For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations,
Government of the Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-9201390-86
Website: www.punjab.gov.pk

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