LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Federal Council Member Munawar Anjum has strongly condemned the closure of Geo News by cable operators in different parts of the country and demanded immediate implementation of court orders in this regard.
In a statement issued here on Saturday, Munawar said the media was the forth pillar of the State, adding that blocking people’s access to information was a crime. He said Geo News transmission should be restored to its previous numbers by the cable operators who should honour the public will.
The PPP leader also stated that it was mandatory on all the segments of society, including politicians, human right activists, religious leaders and scholars, to expose the elements conspiring against media freedom and weakening democracy and the Federation. He said the Constitution and democracy could only be protected once media was free. By imposing curbs on the media, these elements were not only curbing the media freedom but also playing a role in the economic murder of thousands of journalists, he added.