Friday, May 26, 2006 Islamabad — President General Pervez Musharraf on Friday renewed his firm commitment to the freedom of press and declared that the government would facilitate access to information.”I am for total freedom of the media, which is the fourth pillar of the state and is the first line of defence in today’s world,” he stated in a wide-ranging address at the 18th awards ceremony of the All-Pakistan Newspapers Society.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 3 2007: President General Pervez Musharraf on Saturday promulgated two separate ordinances to impose curbs on print and electronic media.
Under the ordinances which amend the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Ordinance, 2002, and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, 2002, the print and electronic media have been barred from printing and broadcasting “anything which defames or brings into ridicule the head of state, or members of the armed forces, or executive, legislative or judicial organ of the state”.
Non-compliance of the new curbs is subject to discontinuation of newspaper publication for up to 30 days, and in case of television channels up to three years of jail and Rs10 million fine or both will be imposed on the broadcast media licensee or its representative and their equipment and premises will be forfeited.
The restrictions were announced hours after several leading national and foreign news channels had been taken off air by cable operators.
Just a sigh! How quickly the values and priorities got changed!