Vote!

Pakistan PM Heads to Washington Amid Media Crackdown at Home

A week ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's first official visit to Washington, his party has launched another attack on the press, linking critical coverage to potential "treason."   Khan, a cricket hero who captained Pakistan’s national team to a World Cup victory in 1992, was elected last summer after running a fiery campaign -- vowing to crack down on corruption and build an Islamic welfare state.   But, nearly one year later, his rule has been marred by a crackdown on civil rights activists, the rounding-up of opposition leaders, and increased pressure on the news media.   In the latest development, the official account of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party fired off over two dozen tweets in English and Urdu late Tuesday, lambasting the press for coverage criticizing the government and Khan which it deemed "Anti-State".   "Freedom of Expression is beauty of Democracy. Expressing Enemy's Stance is Not Freedom of speech but treason against its people," read one tweet.   "Media houses & journalists must take care that in their quest for criticism on State, they intentionally or unintentionally do not end up propagating enemy's stance," read another, with the hashtag: #JournalismNotAgenda.Media houses & journalists must take care that in their quest for criticism on State, they intentionally or unintentionally do not end up propagating enemy’s stance. Freedom of expression is immense power. And with great power there is great responsibility!#JournalismNotAgendapic.twitter.com/YdxD9Al5Pb— PTI (@PTIofficial) July 16, 2019  Pakistan routinely ranks among the world's most dangerous countries for media workers, and reporters have frequently been detained, beaten and even killed for being critical of the government or powerful military.   In recent years the space for dissent has shrunk further, with the government announcing a crackdown on social networks and traditional media houses decrying pressure from authorities that they... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Pakistan PM Heads to Washington Amid Media Crackdown at Home, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Pakistan PM Heads to Washington Amid Media Crackdown at Home

 

 

Posted:

 

Read full story...

 

Published By: VOA NEWS - Thursday, 18 July

 

 

Thailand News Phuket News  /  Asian Travel News South Korea - Malaysia - Singapore - China - Philippines - Laos - Burma - Cambodia - Vietnam - Indonesia

 

 

 

 

 BACK TO: Phuket Hotel Deals - Phuket Flights - Phuket Travel Articles - Phuket News - Phuket Real Estate - Asia Jobs