Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday said that the government will be responsible if anything happens to his ailing father.He said on Twitter that former president Asif Ali Zardari has still not been given access to specialist doctors. “Our family is increasingly concerned about his health,” said the PPP chairman.
President Zardari has still not been given access to specialist doctors and personal physician. Our family is increasingly concerned about his health. If anything happens to our father this govt will be held responsible.
Aseefa Bhutto also said on Twitter that her father has had no access to doctors for six months.
'Extreme fear and self-censorship': media freedom under threat in PakistanHannah Ellis-Petersen and Shah Meer Baloch
By Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shah Meer Baloch
Journalists face blanked-out articles, pulled funding and channel shutdown if they dare to criticize the state.For almost five years, Talat Hussain, a well-known Pakistani journalist, hosted a popular current affairs talk show on Geo TV, openly discussing the political issues of the day. But last year all that changed. Forced to comply with a “total blackout” of news that criticised the military or the government of the new prime minister, Imran Khan, Hussain found himself unable to speak freely.
“My programmes were being repeatedly censored,” said Hussain. “I was told that any suggestion that the 2018 elections were rigged or that the army was part of the running of the government by Imran Khan was unacceptable.”
While Pakistan has a turbulent relationship with media freedom, under Imran Khan, elected as prime minister last year with strong backing from the military, censorship is felt heavier than ever before.