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Protecting the whistleblower

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In passing the Public Interest Disclosures Bill, 2017, the National Assembly has attempted to rectify one of the omissions in the Right to Information draft bill being considered by parliament. The bill aims to provide protection to whistleblowers who make public any corruption, criminal activity or wrongdoing by those in power. Whistleblowers are a vital […]


Media’s bias cannot be ignored: editors, analysts

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KARACHI: Editors, analysts and senior journalists of newspapers have said that the bias of media could not be ignored, adding that, however, the situation of media had transformed over time. They said that first it was significant to analyse the meaning of being unbiased. Then, the dialogue around ‘being unbiased’ must be continued and the […]


Faisal Mota’s appeal

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has not set aside the death sentence of Faisal Mehmood alias Mota in the 2011 murder case of TV journalist Wali Khan Babar, but ordered rehearing of his appeal against the trial court’s order. The order issued by the Larkana bench of the Sindh High Court on Aug 16 said […]


Wali Baber case: SHC to hear appeal of Faisal Mota on 21st

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KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday fixed date for hearing appeal of Faisal Mota against the death sentence handed down to him for masterminding the murder of journalist Wali Khan Baber on August 21. It is to be mentioned here that some TV channel ran story on August 15 that SHC Circuit Bench Larkana […]


Pakistan, Iran to cooperate for encouraging film

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ISLAMABAD –  Pakistan is all set to establish National Broadcasting and Film Commission purported to encourage the revival of the film industry and creation of enabling environment for the artists, producers and film makers to demonstrate their talent and skill in conformity with their professional ethos and would like to seek Iranian assistance for making […]


Be vigilant of hostile narratives on social media, COAS advises youths

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Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa urged youths on Thursday to remain mindful and vigilant of of hostile narratives through social media. “Educated youth is prime target of ISIS [Da’ish] and affiliates, be extra cautious,” the chief of army staff (COAS) was quoted by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) as saying. Gen Qamar visited Inter-Services Publication Directorate wherein […]


IHC orders Pemra chairman to monitor TV channels for obscene content

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The Islamabad High Court on Friday, while hearing a case pertaining to the alleged presence of ‘blasphemous content’ on social media, ordered the formation of a committee to monitor the content being aired on television channels as well. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui instructed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Chairman Absar Alam and DG Technical […]


SHC overturns death sentence of Faisal Mota, orders retrial in Wali Khan Babar murder case

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Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday overturned the death sentence of Faisal Mehmood, alias Mota — the primary accused in the Wali Khan Babar case — and ordered a retrial by the lower courts. The SHC was hearing an appeal filed by Faisal Mota, who was awarded a death sentence in absentia, by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in […]


Gt Road Rally: Except four channels all others including state-run TV shut

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LAHORE: Several cable operators on Saturday shut all news channels, including the state-run TV and showed broadcast of only four TV channels on the occasion of rally of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. When the cable operators were asked about this issue, they said that ‘you know who was getting these channels shut.’ It is […]


‘Digital Pakistan Policy’ half-baked work

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has finalised the first-ever “Digital Pakistan Policy 2017” sans any exports target, implementation cost as well as revival plan for a sick Telephone Industry of Pakistan (TIP). The draft of the Digital Pakistan Policy 2017 was earlier shared with all stakeholders for their input. The draft policy […]


Attack on journalists: Senate calls for punishing the culprits

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution condemning attack on journalists associated with certain media groups during former premier Nawaz Sharif’s rally on Wednesday. The PPP also submitted a calling-attention notice in the National Assembly Secretariat to discuss the incident. Journalists of ARY News, BOL News, 92 News and Samaa News were attacked when Nawaz Sharif’s rally […]


PML-N workers manhandle journalists

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RAWALPINDI: Journalists from ARY News, Bol TV, and 92 News were allegedly manhandled by PML-N workers and supporters covering the former prime minister’s rally in Islamabad on Wednesday. Safdar Klasra, a reporter with Bol TV, told Dawn that he was taking a photo of an ambulance that was stuck in traffic near the Faizabad interchange. […]


Pemra directs cable TV operators not to change channels’ position

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued directives to all cable TV operators across Pakistan not to violate laws and to refrain from being part of any illegal activities, including, but not limited to disturbing, shuffling or re-positioning the transmission of Pemra’s licensed TV channels, illegally off-airing of transmission and complete suspension […]


Journalist remanded for ‘beating up’ policeman

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HYDERABAD: An antiterrorism court on Tuesday remanded a journalist and president of the Sehwan Press Club in judicial custody for 14 days under the Antiterrorism Act for allegedly beating a policeman in the command and control room of Qalandar Lal Shahbaz’s shrine on Monday. The Sehwan police registered an FIR (No. 119/17) on Monday night […]