Independent media essential for democracy to take roots: PM

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Saturday the government believes in the freedom of expression, and the abolition of draconian laws of PEMRA framed by the previous governments, is the manifestation of government’s resolve.He was talking to Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, who called on him here at the Prime Minister House on Saturday. The Prime Minister said that independent media is essential for democracy to take roots and the government had always appreciated positive criticism by the media.

Highlighting the role of media as an important state pillar, the Prime Minister added that the main objective of the media is to inform, educate and entertain the society.
The government, he said, is providing all possible facilities to enhance the capacity of the media to make it more vibrant.
The Prime Minister said that in this age of information, media can play an effective role to promote the soft image of Pakistan and to protect the national interests.