The Information Minister, Chaudhary Fawad Hussain also said that PTV and the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation will no longer be used as “private property” by the government
The newly elected Imran Khan government has ended all political censorship in state-run media outlets Pakistan TV (PTV) and Radio Pakistan and given them "complete editorial independence" on Wednesday. The country’s Information Minister, Chaudhary Fawad Hussain, took to Twitter to share the information with the world.
The previous government, that of Nawaz Sharif-led PML(N), had also promised the same, but it was never implemented.
The information minister, promising drastic changes in the upcoming three months, also said that PTV and the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation will no longer be used as “private property” by the government.
Hussain, Geo News reported, also proposed to introduce an English-language channel of radio on the internet for the international audience and said from now on a positive image of Pakistan will be promoted globally.
While the Information Ministry was asked to play a prominent role in image building of Pakistan, other organisations were directed to make efforts to generate revenue by improving their content.
On August 18, Imran Khan was sworn-in as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan.
The cricketer-turned-politician has offered to start a dialogue with India to resolve long-running disputes, including those over Kashmir. “To move forward Pakistan and India must dialogue and resolve their conflicts incl Kashmir: The best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent is to resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading (sic),” Khan tweeted on Tuesday.
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Last Updated Sep 9, 2018, 9:50 AM IST