Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday (Feb 13) heavily criticized the government’s decision to launch massive crackdown against people who used social media for spreading hate and said that its an effort of government to suppress the voice of those critical of their failures.
Earlier Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday (Feb 13) while addressing an event in Islamabad warned the people who are spreading hate on social media by saying that government has created a mechanism through which we will control hate speech on social media as well. Government will launch crackdown against social media hate speech soon.
Speaking on local news channel he said “The government is flustered and wants to suppress and strangle the criticism over their failures.” “They [government] pushed Pakistan’s media industry into the worst crisis to suffocate their voice and now that people have taken to social media to criticise their failures and remind them of their unfulfilled promises, they are launching a crackdown,” Iqbal added. “They are terming criticism of their policies as hate speech and launching a crackdown,” the PML-N said. “Hate speech laws were introduced to curb extremism, terrorism, white collar crime and harassment and not to suppress political freedom or democracy.”
“We will have no objection if action or notice is taken of those involved in such crimes on social media, however, if the laws are used to curb political freedom and democratic voices then the opposition will strongly oppose it,” Iqbal maintained.
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17 November, 2019