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UN Human Rights Committee asks Pakistan about crimes against journalists

Pakistan Press Foundation

There has been a clear deterioration in the safety of journalists, the problem of impunity and of freedom of expression online. These were the main findings of the report submitted to the 120th session of UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in collaboration with IFEX, the global network defending and […]

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NA committee for early enactment of journalists’ protection bill

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Thursday discussed “the Protection of Journalists Bill, 2014”. Members of the committee were of the view that media personnel and members of their families were vulnerable to acts of violence. Therefore, measures from the state for their safety and welfare were imperative. […]

Front Page, Media and Governance, Media Safety


IoBM founder Shahjehan Syed Karim passes away at 84

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: Institute of Business Management (IoBM) founder Shahjehan Syed Karim, who once served as the Sindh chief secretary and Pakistan Television chairperson, passed away at a local hospital on Sunday at the age of 84. According to family members, the former bureaucrat had been suffering from multiple diseases and had been admitted in the hospital for […]

Front Page, Obituaries


Responding to Pakistan’s UN review: In conversation with Owais Aslam Ali and Matthew Redding

Pakistan Press Foundation

The State of Pakistan was reviewed for the first time by the UN Human Rights Committee this week in Geneva. In preparation for the examination, the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) together with IFEX, the global network defending and promoting the right to freedom of expression and information, and RIDH, the International Network of Human Rights, submitted an alternative report in advance […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Human Rights, Media and Governance, Media and Society, Media Development, Media Safety, PPF Activities


Facebook turns down govt request over cell phone numbers

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The social media networking site Facebook has termed Pakistan’s request to link all accounts to individual phone numbers “improbable”. “Pakistan had suggested that Facebook accounts be linked with users’ mobile phone numbers. However, the management of Facebook believed it was more feasible to sync accounts with email addresses,” a senior official from the Ministry […]

Digital Media, Front Page, Media and Governance


13-year RI in cyber crime case

Pakistan Press Foundation

SARGODHA: Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Tariq Mahmood Zargham on Thursday awarded 13-year rigorous imprisonment to a man in a cyber crime case registered by the Phularwan police station. On June 21, 2016, the Counter-Terrorism Department Faisalabad, along with the district police of Sargodha, conducted a raid at a house in Mohallah Hussaini Phularwan and arrested Imran […]

Digital Media, Front Page


Plea to ban Aljazeera TV termed ‘unjust’

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: Former senator Jawaid Jabbar said on Thursday that the current turmoil between the Gulf states would escalate the political crisis in the region. He was speaking to roundtable dialogue on “Dynamics of the Middle East crisis” at the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs. Jabbar said that Saudia Arabia has made disproportionate investment in its […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media Safety


PMERA issues notices to Apna TV, Mubashar Luqman

Pakistan Press Foundation

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), on Thursday, issued a show cause notice to APNA TV channel for airing indecent content during the broadcast of its morning show on July 6, 2017. The airing of such content is in violation of various clauses of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by the PEMRA (Amendment) Act […]

Front Page, Media Ethics


Lack of ethics in our media

Pakistan Press Foundation

Ever since the Pakistani media was liberalised in 2002, channels upon channels focusing on news have been launched over the years. For the average Pakistani household, evening talk shows have become a major source of political awareness and, if looking from a certain angle, even entertainment. Talk shows are not entirely meant to be a […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media and Society, Media Ethics


Many organizations banned in Pakistan thrive online

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD (AP) — It’s dusk. The shadows of three men brandishing assault rifles welcome the reader to the Facebook page of Lashkar-e-Islam, one of 65 organizations that are banned in Pakistan, either because of terrorist links or as purveyors of sectarian hate. Still more than 40 of these groups operate and flourish on social media […]

Digital Media, Front Page


PPF concerned over the detention of Somali Journalists

Pakistan Press Foundation

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Hassan Ali Khayre, Prime Minster of Somalia to expressed serious concern over the arrest of journalist Omar Ali Hassan after returning from Mogadishu on July 8. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali demanded immediate and unconditional release of Hassan and also urged Somali government must respect journalist’s […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media Safety, Protest Letters by PPF


Missing journalist appears after being dropped near airport

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: After almost 20 hours of forced detention, captors released on Monday the journalist who had been whisked away on Saturday night. Abdullah Zafar, a staff reporter at The Nation, was taken away during an overnight raid at his house in Lawyers Society, Scheme 33 in the Sacchal area of Karachi. He was then shifted […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media Safety


SC seeks details of govt ads given to media

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed Attorney General Ashther Ausaf to submit details about government advertisements given to print and electronic media after formation of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe PanamaLeaks case within seven days. A three-member special implementation bench on the PanamaLeaks case verdict headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and […]

Front Page, Media and Governance


2 PTV officials suspended

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: PTV Managing Director Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera has suspended two senior officials, whose negligence allowed derogatory content targeting Pakhtuns to be aired on PTV Home on Eid day. The two officials, PTV Home producer Sohail Ashraf and script producer Aziz Rana, were found guilty of not censoring a controversial poem that mocked Pakhtuns. The recorded […]

Front Page, Media and Society