Resolution Condemning Shrinking Press Freedom in Pakistan Tabled in US Congress

By Jay Rover
US Congress is witnessing an increasing number of legislators expressing concern over human rights violations and shrinking press freedom in Pakistan. (Pakistan Week photo)
Seven members of the US House of Representatives have introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning killing and physical attacks on journalists in Pakistan and banning live broadcasts of former prime minister Imran Khan’s speeches.

The extensive resolution, coinciding with the May 3rd world press freedom day has been referred to the powerful House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The resolution was tabled by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), and co-sponsored by Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson (D-GA), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ).

“Whereas, in Pakistan, the government maintained high levels of media censorship, and impunity persists in cases of killings and physical attacks on journalists, including—

(1) the October 2022 killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya, where he had sought safety after feeling Pakistan in August 2022 while facing a series of police cases in Pakistan in relation to his work; and

 

 

 

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