Pak Government to monitor newspapers

November 14th, 2007 - 8:35 am ICT by admin  
“Special officers have been asked to scan news, editorials, and readers’ letters containing material against Musharraf and the armed forces,” an Information Ministry official said,

“Provincial information departments were also directed to monitor the newspapers. Thirteen Urdu and eight English newspapers had been listed by the Press Information Department (PID) for monitoring”, he added.

District Coordination Officers or Deputy Commissioner can suspend the declaration of newspapers for 30 days in case of violation of the ordinance.

Sources said special instructions to this effect had been passed to district coordination officers in the country to handle media at the district level.

Information Officers including, Muhammad Irfan is to monitor (Daily Times), Ali Umar (The News), Aamir Raza (Dawn), Inamullah (The Nation), Feroz Khan (Pakistan Observer), Fasihullah (The Post), Syed Zaki Haider Rizvi (Patriot) and Naveedur Rehman (Tribune).

PID deputy directors Saeed Javed, Muhammad Asim Khichi, Akhtar Munir, Qamar Abbass, Mobashar Hassan and Ali Nawaz will monitor “Jang”, “Nawa-e-Waqt”, “Ausaf” and “Jinnah”.

IOs Din Kalam, Amin Jan Marwat, Shagufta Ansari, Safadar Gondal, Shahab Hamid, Ehsanul Hassan and Muhammad Arshad will monitor “Express”, “Al-Akhbar”, “Asas”, “Musalman”, “Azkar”, “Islam” and “Kainat”. (ANI)

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