KARACHI: President Dr Arif Alvi and caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar have asserted the importance of newspapers through a press release on the occasion of National Newspaper Readership Day, which is observed on September 25.

Speaking briefly about the educative value of newspapers, Mr Alvi emphasised the importance of collective efforts of all segments of the society, including media, scholars, writers and religious leaders to discourage the menace of fake news.

“We must preserve this important source of information that keeps us informed about the important events and developments taking place across the globe,” Mr Alvi stated.

“The journalistic ethics demands avoiding biased reporting and publish news stories with truthfulness, accuracy and impartiality,” he added.

Caretaker PM Kakar said despite the growth of electronic and digital media, newspapers still play a significant role in creating awareness and educating the people about various economic and social issues.

“Currently, the world is facing the challenge of fake news. The role of newspapers has become even more important to discourage the spread of fake news,” his statement read.

By objective reporting and adhering to the principles of responsible, truthful, impartial and accountable journalism, newspapers are the best tool to fight disinformation and fake news.

Published in Dawn, September 24rd, 2023

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