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HRCP vows to confront any bid to ambush freedom of expression

Lahore, September 11: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed strong reservations over a proposed draft that is apparently aimed at gagging the print media and said that civil society will vigorously resist any such attempt. In a statement issued on Monday, the Commission stated: “HRCP is greatly alarmed by the circulation of a draft of the proposed Pakistan Print Media Regulatory Authority (PPMRA) Ordinance 2017. The draft seeks to impose restrictions and penalties, which include the mandatory annual renewal of publishing licences, as well as empowering authorities to arbitrarily cancel a newspaper’s declaration. “The draft, which was […]