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Media restrictions threaten proper to freedom of expression in Pakistan: Antony Blinken

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photograph: AFP
  • US expresses concern over Pakistan media restrictions.
  • Media and content material restrictions threaten freedom of expression proper in Pakistan, says US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
  • Secretary Blinken says the US recurrently raises points and considerations regarding press freedom with Pakistani authorities in conversations and in conferences.

WASHINGTON: Media and content material restrictions are a menace to the power to train the suitable to freedom of expression and affiliation in Pakistan, says US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Addressing a digital roundtable, the US official expressed concern over “significant restrictions” on media retailers and civil society in Pakistan.

He spoke a few “lack of accountability for attacks and disappearances against journalists” as nicely.

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“We’ve documented some of this in our Country Reports on Human Rights practices, and we see media outlets, journalists, their families in Pakistan often subject to threats, harassment at the hands of security forces, political parties, militants, other groups,” the US secretary of state stated.

Secretary Blinken stated that the US recurrently raises points and considerations regarding press freedom with Pakistani authorities in conversations and in conferences.

“Our open and honest engagement with Pakistan enables us, I think, to have an ongoing, sustained dialogue on human rights issues more broadly, and more specifically when it comes to press freedom, the rule of law, religious freedom, even as we collaborate in a number of areas where we have very clear mutual interests,” Secretary Blinken stated.

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