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Pakistan journalists sign petition against media curbs

IANS  |  Lahore 

More than 50 journalists including editors, columnists, persons and freedom organisation representatives in have signed a petition against the ongoing curbs on freedom of expression in the country.

Initiated by Pakistani Beena Sarwar, the petition stated that there was a growing trend of news that was "given" or injected into organisations, rather than allowing coverage of real news -- incidents that were truly happening, but were either not covered or were taken off air, Dawn online reported on Thursday.

"All this is giving rise to an air of 'self-censorship' and resulting in violation of the citizens' right to information," according to the petition.

The curbs included several articles being pulled off websites in Pakistan, removal of of published articles and one even asking its anchors to stop doing live shows.

Some of the signatories were Saleem Asmi, Farah Zia, Hamid Mir, Imtiaz Alam, I.A. Rehman, Husain Naqi, Zahid Hussain, and

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First Published: Thu, April 19 2018. 14:20 IST
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