Convicted people will not be allowed media space, says Pakistan government

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government has decided that media should not be allowed to promote the narrative of convicted or under-trial persons, in a move that aims to curtail the space given by the press to jailed politicians like Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari.

A Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regula­tory Authority (Pemra) to fulfil its responsibility to discourage airing of such programmes by the electronic media.

Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said Khan and members of his Cabinet unanimously decided that no convicted or under-trial prisoner should be given media coverage or allowed to give an interview, Dawn newspaper reported.

Those who have plundered national wealth and brought the country on the verge of collapse should not be glorified.

No democracy permits interviews and media coverage of those who have been arrested on charges of corruption, Mehmood quoted the prime minister Khan as saying.


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