President Zardari and PM Sharif Assure Media Freedom on World Press Freedom Day

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2024, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have pledged to ensure the safety and security of journalists, thereby upholding media freedom in the country.

World Press Freedom Day, observed annually on May 3, is a global event that raises awareness about the importance of journalism and freedom of expression. This year’s theme, “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis”, emphasizes the crucial role of journalism and freedom of expression in the context of the current global environmental crisis.

President Zardari, in his statement, stressed the need to initiate measures for the safety and security of journalists, enabling them to report on important issues without fear. He emphasized that while the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees press freedom, it is also the media’s responsibility to abide by journalistic ethics and report responsibly and accurately, keeping in view the national interest.

The President also underscored the need to provide an environment free of intimidation or harassment to journalists, allowing them to express their opinions freely. He recognized the commendable role played by the media in promoting democratic values globally, as well as raising awareness about issues of social and economic significance, especially climate change and global warming.

President Zardari expressed hope that the media would continue to contribute constructively in raising awareness about global concerns. He maintained that World Press Freedom Day, commemorated every year on May 3, affirms the commitment to cultivating an environment where the media is independent and diverse, enjoying freedoms with responsibility as enshrined in the Constitution.

He further stated that the day provides an opportunity to reflect on the state of press freedom in Pakistan and make efforts to create a safe and conducive working environment for journalists. The President added that this year’s theme underscores the importance of a free press in creating awareness and educating people about climate change and its impacts on human life and the environment.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif echoed President Zardari’s sentiments, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the safety and security of journalists. He reiterated the government’s commitment to uphold media freedom and protect journalists’ rights.

Both leaders affirmed their commitment to press freedom and the safety of journalists on World Press Freedom Day 2024. They emphasized the importance of responsible journalism in raising awareness about global issues, particularly the environmental crisis, and pledged to create a safe and conducive environment for journalists in Pakistan.

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