Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that freedom of expression and access to information serve as the basis for meaningful engagement in public debate and decision making processes which directly impact the lives of the people.
The freedom of information therefore represents an important instrument for the public to hold the government and other institutions accountable. The media in Pakistan had played and continues to play its due role in this regard.
The PM said on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day falling on Monday (today) in his message said that the freedom of information therefore represents an important instrument for the public to hold the government and other institutions accountable. The freedom of expression encompasses the concept of freedom of information as duly recognized by the United Nations as early as 1946, he added.
He further said that the access to information has long been enshrined as part of basic human right of freedom expression in major international instruments like the Universal Declaration of Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani stated that the Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that the fundamental right of freedom of expression encompasses the freedom to “seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.
He expressed that freedom in any form has limitations meaning thereby that it has to be discharged with responsibility. People need to strive together and reiterate our resolve that every one of us would use our rights and fulfill our responsibilities for the greater benefit of our people and our country.