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Saturday December 03, 2022

Mafias blackmailing in name of press freedom: PM Imran Khan

So far, only 38 out of 94,000 cases registered with the FIA have been decided, says PM

By Our Correspondent
March 01, 2022
PM Imran Khan denies imposing curbs on media through PECA ordinance. -The News/File
PM Imran Khan denies imposing curbs on media through PECA ordinance. -The News/File

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca) was not new and it aimed to stop dirt on social media.

In his address, he said that there were rumours that freedom of the press was being restricted and people were being silenced through the Act but “I would like to tell everyone that the Act was made in 2016 and we are just amending it. It is necessary for Pakistan. If we look at the newspapers and media of Pakistan today, 70% of the news is against the government but we do not care about it. However, we have brought the law so that the dirt on social media can be stopped because no civilized society in the world can tolerate what is happening on our social media.”

He said that women were being targeted and people's homes were razed as fake news spread. “So far, only 38 out of 94,000 cases registered with the FIA have been decided. Let alone the common people, even the Prime Minister is not being spared. A journalist wrote three years ago that Imran Khan's wife had left him and he had done something illegal in Bani Gala. I lodged a case but await justice even after three years. The same journalist has written again that the wife of the Prime Minister has left home. If this can happen to the Prime Minister of the country, then think what will happen to the rest of the people. The journalist was locked up for three days and beaten up with sticks when he had written about corruption during the Nawaz Sharif government.”

He said, “When a woman had written against our minister, he went to England and sought justice and now that there has been talk against Murad Saeed; he is also thinking about going to England to sue her. The Jang media house said that Shaukat Khanum Hospital’s money was going to the PTI but it did not bother to seek the hospital’s version. The hospital won the case in lower courts and now it is going to sue the group in the US and England.”

The Prime Minister contended that it did not happen anywhere in the world. “In the name of freedom of the press, mafias and journalists are blackmailing people after resorting to mudslinging. No one can dare do it in another democracy,” he said and recalled that when he had nominated the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir after winning the election, it appeared on the front pages of three main newspapers that the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir was elected through magic. “If it had happened in newspapers of England or the West, they would have had to pay huge compensation and the newspapers would have been shut down.”

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