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August 18, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) urges Pakistan Leader, Imran Khan, to ensure Press Freedom; Welcomes Coordinated Press Freedom Editorials in the United States

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Photo: Imran Khan, Chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan, is captured at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 27, 2011. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Jolanda Flubacher.

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries, has called on Pakistan leader, Imran Khan, to reverse a deteriorating environment for the independent press in the country.

In a letter to Khan this week, IPI Executive Director urged the former cricket star to set a new course.

“IPI would like to congratulate you and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party PTI on the success in the recent elections. The people of Pakistan have demonstrated faith in you and PTI has emerged as the largest single party in the National Assembly,” the letter said.

“While the citizens of Pakistan are looking forward to a change in the governance of the country and hope that it will be free of corruption and coercion, the IPI network expects that you will restore media freedom and create an environment where journalists and media organizations can function without anxiety,” IPI Executive Director wrote in the letter.

“Excellency, you are well aware that a discordant climate is contrary to both the democracy and the free flow of information necessary for a strong and corruption-free democracy that you have promised to usher in to create a new Pakistan.”

“We, therefore, call upon Your Excellency to do everything possible to ensure that the government reverses the deteriorating environment for the independent press and that the government protects the press from the onslaught of state institutions. Unless strong measures are taken to deter further attempts to influence reporting in the media and to ensure that newspapers are allowed to publish freely, and television channels are allowed to broadcast in Pakistan without any further harassment, it will be hard to establish a vibrant democracy,” the letter stated.

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IPI Welcomes Coordinated Press Freedom Editorials in the United States.

International Press Institute

Photo: Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, speaking during the Session “Special Address by Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 26, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo.

International Press Institute

Photo: Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor, BuzzFeed, USA, is captured at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland. January 24, 2014. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler.

The North American Committee (NAC) of the International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries, today welcomed coordinated editorials published by hundreds of newspapers across the United States in support of press freedom.

In a statement, the NAC said it “lauded and supported the efforts of 350 American publications to promote a free and robust press.”

It continued: “The editorials, while aimed at critical statements by President Donald Trump, are an effort to remind the American people that the press has a vital role in a democracy. Force or aggression against journalists undermines our democracy. Press Freedom is an issue that speaks to the heart of who we are as Americans - that we need a free and fearless press to be able to function in our democracy. These editorials remind all of us the critical function of the media in our society.”

The editorials came as the U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution condemning “attacks on the institution of the press” and affirming that “the press is not the enemy of the people.”

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