Pakistan further drops by 12 points on World Press Freedom Index during PTI government
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif slammed former premier Imran Khan for media censorship during the PTI tenure and said that his government is fully committed to freedom of press and speech in the country.
In his statement, a day after World Press Freedom Day, the prime minister said that Pakistan fell 12 points on World Press Freedom Index during the last year of Imran Khan’s government and 18 points during his tenure.
“It not only earned him the shameful title of ‘press freedom predator’ but also placed our democracy in a bad light,” PM Shehbaz tweeted, slamming the PTI chairman for imposing curbs on media during his stint.
The PM’s statement, quoting the annual report of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), said that his government is “fully committed to freedom of press and speech”.
In its report, the RSF painted a bleak picture of media freedom in Pakistan, ranking the country 157 out of 180 with a score of 37.99.