‘Witch-hunt’: Bilawal slams govt’s media tribunals’ decision

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday condemned PTI government’s attempts to launch a witch-hunt against the media as well after holding opposition leaders hostage through NAB.

“The way they deal with their opponents and critics is reminiscent of the Salem witch trials. Based on frivolity and falsehoods, the PTI’s narrative is right out of Goebbels’ propaganda playbook,” he said in a statement.

PPP Chairman said now that the government has found an easy way to imprison its political opponents by unleashing NAB, it is going to go after its critics in the media through these so-called media tribunals. These tribunals will be nothing but another way of silencing dissent. PTI’s social media team follows the exact same path of Modi bhakts — discrediting and harassing critics online. Now they want to go after media organisations through these special tribunals because the media is exposing select PM’s ineptitude and incompetence, he added.

Bilawal made it clear that the PPP will not let this bill pass at any cost. “We stand for the freedom of media. Pakistan’s media is going through its worst phase of censorship under the Niazi regime. We will not allow them to target the media so blatantly and brazenly. Enough is enough. The media fraternity, too, must raise its voice for their own rights. The Opposition firmly stands behind them,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) voiced deep concern over the governments’ decision to establish special media tribunals to settle cases of media organisations, workers, owners and citizens.

In a post on Twitter, the independent watchdog on human rights said, “HRCP is deeply concerned at the government’s announcement that it is setting up media tribunals. Given the government’s woeful record on press freedoms, HRCP urges it to refrain from pressurising the media further. How are tribunals expected to maintain the media’s independence?”