Dr. Firdous terms free media cornerstone of democracy

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said Thursday that people’s Government has encouraged the growth and constructive criticism of the independent media, allowing it total freedom to criticize our policies as we firmly believe that free media is the cornerstone of democracy.Speaking in Conference she said that it was the first PPP government of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto which ended state media monopoly and liberalized the electronic media in Pakistan in 1988.The Democratic Government, she added has made amendments in various press laws to ensure a vibrant, free and an effective media in Pakistan.