Federal Minister for Info and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry accused Daybreak media group of being a part of a global conspiracy in opposition to Pakistan.
When anchorperson Absa Komal requested Fawad about media freedom in Pakistan and for an replace on the investigation associated to latest assaults on journalists in Islamabad, Fawad dodged the query and stated, “Your establishment [Dawn] is an lively participant of a global conspiracy idea which works in opposition to Pakistan.” Fawad appeared on ‘Information Eye with Absa Komal’ on Daybreak Information.
“Your establishment propagates an surroundings that works in opposition to the nation, attempting to take issues out of context.”
“Human Rights Watch (HRW) has written a whole article on PMDA and it says that there’s five-year prosecution. After we inquired about it from HRW, they stated it was totally based mostly on [Dawn’s] editorial,” stated Fawad.
Twitter reacted to the minister’s assertion in opposition to Daybreak.
Journalist Benazir Shah tweeted, “The Data. Minister accuses Daybreak of being a part of an ‘worldwide conspiracy’ to defame Pakistan, with out presenting a shred of proof to help his declare. However, there’s sufficient proof of accelerating censorship in opposition to media.”
Lawyer Aftab Alam questioned, “If govt is critical about media regulatory reforms, why is it preserving the method secret? Why not placing ‘Invoice’ on the official web page of @GovtofPakistan and sharing with stakeholders?”
One other Twitter consumer wrote, “A journalist has a real concern? – As an alternative of addressing it simply accuse them of being anti-state and dodge the query. This manner you save your self the embarrassment of giving a correct clarification which you clearly don’t have.”