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Pakistan Proposes Law Restricting Media Coverage of Terror Attacks

The Pakistani government is proposing a measure that would restrict graphic media coverage of militant attacks.

If approved by the National Assembly, the legislation would prohibit broadcasting video footage of suicide bombers, bodies of terrorism victims, statements from militants and any other acts which the legislation says "may promote, aid or abet terrorists."

Those who violate the restrictions could be punished with up to three years in prison and a $117,000 fine.

Pakistani government officials said Wednesday the measure will also repeal "draconian" laws imposed by former President Pervez Musharraf that prohibited the media from defaming Mr. Musharraf.

Pakistani officials say the legislation is not an attempt to control the media.

Separately on Wednesday, Pakistani military officials say fighter jets bombed suspected militant hide-outs in the Orakzai tribal region, killing at least 15 militants.

Militant violence has continued in Orakzai despite an announcement by the Pakistani military early this month that operations against Taliban fighters had successfully concluded.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.