‘Musharraf’s media gagging order to take Pak in wrong direction’

November 14th, 2007 - 8:30 am ICT by admin  
Pakistanis need more, not less, information, the group has said.

“For years General Musharraf bragged about allowing a free media. Now is the time for him to uphold those principles,” the Daily Times quoted CPJ’s Asia Programme Coordinator Bob Dietz, as saying.

The new media regulations allow no critical coverage of government officials.

Responding to the reports that police entered the offices of Aaj television and later interrupted its satellite signal, Dietz said, “We fear what has happened to Aaj TV will soon happen to the rest of the country’s independent media.”

In a statement released, the international group has urged Musharraf to withdraw the severe restrictions it has placed on Pakistan’s news media and allow independent television and radio stations to resume coverage of the country’s political crisis. (ANI)

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