No toleration of law contradictory to Pakistan’s constitution: CPNE

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Lahore: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has removed anti-media clauses from the Punjab Privilege Bill 2021 by Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. In his statement, CPNE President Arif Nizami thanked Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and Governor Punjab Muhammad Sarwar for announcing the removal of the controversial clauses. He said that anti-media laws were tantamount to violating the basic provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan related to freedom of press and freedom of expression. The passage of the highly controversial bill by the Punjab Assembly had caused great concern and confusion among working journalists and media workers. He further said that CPNE would not accept any law contrary to the constitution of Pakistan for the survival of the journalist community. The country’s law and constitution guarantee freedom of expression and freedom of the media. Meanwhile, the Punjab government’s decision to review the Punjab Privilege Bill 2021 is welcome.