Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry on Tuesday announced that the country’s newly elected government led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan had lifted all political censorship in state-run media outlets.
The minister tweeted saying Pakistan Television (PTV) and Radio Pakistan would now enjoy complete editorial independence over the content produced by them.
Promising “visible and drastic changes” in the Ministry of Information within the next three months, the minister said new instructions had been issued to state-run institutions like Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan for “complete editorial independence”.
“As per vision of Imran Khan, PTI ended political censorship on PTV. Clear instructions issued for a complete editorial independence on PTV and Radio Pakistan. Drastic changes will be visible in the Information Department in coming 3 months,” he wrote on Twitter.
As per vision of @ImranKhanPTI Ended political censorship on PTV, clear instructions issued for a complete editorial independence on PTV and Radio Pakistan, drastic changes ll be visible in Information Dept in coming 3 months Inshallah
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 21, 2018
The new information minister is also learnt to have proposed an English-language channel on the internet, particularly for international audience.
He asked the Information Ministry to play a proactive role in promoting a positive image of Pakistan globally, and directed concerned organisations to make efforts to generate revenue by improving their programming and content.
Cricketer-turned-politician Khan was sworn-in as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan on August 18.
Khan in his first address to the nation on Sunday had promised wide-ranging reforms in government institutions with a view to make them independent and free from corruption.
(With agency inputs)