Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered to remove the name of journalist from Exit Control List (ECL) who had filed inaccurate and fabricated news item about national security meeting.
The decision was taken after a delegation of APNS and CPNE jointly called on Nisar on Friday in Islamabad.
The Minister said that this decision was taken to reiterate full support to freedom of press and independence of media and as a good-will gesture.
He said that the removal of name will not affect the ongoing inquiry into the matter and it would continue to its logical conclusion.
Earlier, talking to the delegation the Minister reiterated said that independent media must play its role not only towards safeguarding national interests and security but also to counter negative propaganda of the enemies of state.
Interior Minister said that unverified and speculative news items citing unnamed sources on national security issues must be refrained that crosses ethical boundaries of responsible journalism.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and Principal Information Officer Rao Tehsin Ali Khan were also present in the meeting. -RadioPakistan