ISLAMABAD – The Press Council of Pakistan has appreciated the government decision to withdraw the proposed draft ordinance, Pakistan Print Media Regulatory Authority (PPMRA) 2017, which apparently seeks to limit the print media.

In its 15th general council meeting in Islamabad on Monday, under the chairmanship of Dr Salahuddin Mengal, the Press Council observed that any law in violation of article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan cannot be enacted.

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It further observed that any amendment in the present press council can only be carried out with consultation of all the stakeholders.

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The council also unanimously disposed the proposed ordinance PPMRA 2017 as oppressive, non-practical and in violation of the basic principles of freedom of expression as safeguarded in the Constitution.