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Statement by the Heads of Mission in Islamabad of EU Member States and the European Commission on the current situation in Pakistan

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Islamabad, June 07, 2007

Statement by the Heads of Mission in Islamabad of EU Member States and the European Commission on the current situation in Pakistan

  The Heads of Mission in Islamabad of EU Member States and the European Commission attach great importance to freedom of expression and freedom of the media as crucial elements for a successful democratic process. In the last few years, they have had reason to welcome the development of a diverse and vibrant media environment.

While fully appreciating the responsibility of media to report accurately and within the framework of an agreed code of conduct, Heads of Mission in Islamabad of EU Member States and the European Commission  are concerned by recent setbacks with regard to media freedom, in particular reports about blocked transmissions of licenced cable TV stations and about cases of intimidation of journalists. Those developments are of particular concern in view of the upcoming election process.

The Heads of Mission in Islamabad of EU Member States and the European Commission welcome the Government’s decision to suspend the PEMRA amendment of 4th June 2007 and express their confidence that further steps will be taken to safeguard a political climate in which freedom of expression and media is respected and which is conducive to free and fair elections. 


publié le 4 November 2008

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