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Rabbani calls for a policy to protect journalists

Rabbani calls for a policy to protect journalists

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ISLAMABAD: Former Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Monday demanded the formation of a full Senate committee comprising all stakeholders to ensure the safety of journalists and ensure implementation of Articles 19 and 19A, Constitution and Legislation has been invited. 1973. He said that “the government has protected Articles 19 and 19A, the Constitution, 1973 by repealing them, suppressing censorship, using PEMRA, issuing advice and threatening the media with the use of force in the media. And called for legislation to ensure implementation. ” Articles 19 and 19-A of the Constitution. Mian Raza Rabbani said that between May 2020 and April 2021, 15,000 journalists and media workers lost their jobs, and 148 incidents of attacks and violations against the media were reported, which resulted in the Pakistani public losing access to their information. The constitutional right has been denied. About 27 fabricated legal cases against journalists are pending, he said, adding that journalists have been abducted and their lives have been sought. “Those who fail to follow the official line have lost their jobs,” he said. He said that under the present government, Pakistan has reached 145 out of 180 countries in the Press Freedom Index.