Media suffocation not intended: minister

Says social media carries risks, notably in spreading misinformation

APP May 27, 2024
Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Professor Ahsan Iqbal. PHOTO: APP


Federal Minister of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal said on Sunday that the government was not inclined towards suffocating the media, asserting that there were no such attempts from their side.

Talking to a private news channel, he said that while social media platforms offer vast benefits, it also carries risks, notably in spreading misinformation that can sow chaos in society.

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He said the government’s aim to mitigate these risks and ensure that social media was used responsibly.

He further noted the importance of consulting stakeholders to formulate laws aimed at addressing the challenges posed by social media. He stressed that such laws must be in the interest of all to safeguard the country from the risks associated with misinformation.


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