US welcomes Pakistan’s pledge to expand media freedom

WASHINGTON: Voicing support for an independent media in Pakistan, the United States has welcomed Islamabad’s pledge to expand media freedom and address insecurity facing the country’s journalists.

“We appreciate the recent public comments from the government to expand media freedoms and address the insecurity plaguing the country’s journalists,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said.

“We urge the government to do everything possible to create a safe environment for journalists, and to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for attacks against them,” she added.

The United States, Harf said, “strongly supports a vibrant and independent media in Pakistan, just as we do in the United States and around the world.”

“We applaud the efforts and commitment of professional, principled, and dedicated journalists who are working in perilous conditions to provide credible and informed analysis of developments in Pakistan. We remain concerned about the safety of journalists, both local and international, working in Pakistan.”