Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the crucial role of independent and responsible journalism in strengthening of democracy.
He was chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad on Thursday in which detailed deliberations were held on outstanding dues and payments of print and electronic media.
The Prime Minister said the government firmly believes in constitutional and basic right of freedom of expression.
Imran Khan said he is cognizant of the issues being faced by media persons and their resolution is top priority of the government.
The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Information to hold immediate consultations with PBA and APNS regarding payment of outstanding dues.
He directed the Ministry to take practical steps for the release of outstanding amounts to media persons before Eid. In this regard, the Prime Minister asked the Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan to personally supervise this process.
Imran Khan also directed Ministry of Information to highlight the reforms agenda of the government through media.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved a youth empowering initiative of the government under the name of ' Prime Minister's Kamyab Jawan Program'.
The approval was given at a meeting regarding ' Prime Minister Kamyab Jawan Program' in Islamabad on Thursday.
The program contains comprehensive welfare plans for the county's youth.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar, on the occasion, briefed the Prime Minister about the steps taken by the government regarding the programme and its benefits for youth.