Constructive criticism of govt strengthens democracy, says Mahmood Khan
PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan Monday said that the media has a huge responsibility to bring the performance of the government to the fore.
He expressed these views while addressing the oath-taking ceremony of Abbottabad Press Club (APC) at KP House Abbottabad.
The Chief Minister further said that the media should identify problems with positive criticism so that they can find a solution. The print and electronic media must authenticate any news before its release.
Mahmood Khan stated that the government was aware of the issues faced by journalists. All possible steps would be taken to resolve those issues. He added that government believes in freedom of media and we would welcome positive criticism.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Mehmood Khan also gave a cheque of grant Rs. 8 million rupees to the Abbottabad Press Club and a cheque of Rs. 2 million to the Abbottabad Union of Journalists.
Earlier, while speaking on the occasion, Information Adviser Kamran Bangash said “we have allocated a quota of advertisements for regional newspapers and to facilitate regional social media and the digital platforms “we will also get approval from the cabinet.”
A two percent quota has been allocated for Media Colony in Peshawar and Malakand. “We will also double the endowment fund for journalists and provide Insaf cards for health facilities,” he said.
Kamran Bangash stated that Abbottabad Press Club “is our priority after Peshawar, media is an important pillar of the state while the PTI government has the support of media.”
He said that through advertisement policy we would cooperate with the regional newspapers and will also take measures to allocate annual grants for district and tehsil press clubs. - APP