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May 3, 2018

Bilawal to set up fund for journalists

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May 3, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Wednesday announced that the PPP will appoint an independent Special Public Prosecutor to pursue cases of crimes against journalists and create Journalists Protection Fund to assist victim journalists and their families.

“Those who attack journalists or commit crimes against them are those who fear freedom of expression and articulation of pluralistic ideas. The Party will expose these elements and also bring them to justice,” he said.

He said the Party will also reverse the tide of systematic erosion of freedom of expression in the name of ideology and law and order. He said that free flow of information and ideas empowers citizens and this requires that media persons must be able to perform their duties without fear.

The PPP Chairman also urged organs of the state to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against journalists for removing misgivings in this regard. “I also wish to pay tribute to all those journalists who have braved odds while performing their duties under difficult and dangerous conditions,” Bilawal said.