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PPF Weekly Media Content Monitoring Report of January 9-15

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Forced disappearance of social media activists and bloggers subjugated most of the media coverage in both print and electronic media during the week.  Five social media activists and bloggers are believed to be abducted just for using the right of expression. Owing to the sensitivity of the issue, Pakistan Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani took notice […]

Journalists raise objection to draft Elections Bill 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Senior journalists, anchors, columnists and union leaders on Monday expressed serious reservation about the clauses of draft Elections Bill 2017, to be tabled in Parliament on January 19, which leads to excessive restrictions on access to information for media. They termed the respective clauses against Article 19 of the Constitution which identifies freedom of […]

US, UK concerned over missing Pak activists

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WASHINGTON: The United States as well as the United Kingdom on Friday expressed concern over reports of missing Pakistani social media activists. Addressing the daily press briefing, Deputy Spokesperson State Department Mark C Toner said: “We are very concerned over reports that several Pakistani bloggers and activists have been reported missing and we’re going to […]

HRCP demands bloggers’ recovery, end to climate of fear — HRCP Press release

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Lahore, January 14: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed alarm over a growing sense of insecurity among civil society activists following disappearance of several bloggers over the last fortnight. It has called for their immediate recovery. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Commission stated: “The authorities are surely aware of a climate of […]

PPF concerned over detention, torture of award-winning journalist in Azerbaijan

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, expressed concern over the detention and alleged torture of renowned journalist Mehman Huseynovin Baku on January 9. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Azerbaijan to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure Huseynov gets justice. The letter also emphasized […]

Journalist gunned down in Kalat

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QUETTA –  Unknown armed assailants yesterday killed a local journalist in a hit-and-run incident in Kalat. As a local journalist and Pakistan Media Council Kalat Press Secretary Jan Muhammad Shahbaz Samalani left his home, unidentified attackers opened fire, killing him instantly. The police reached the site and shifted the body of the journalist to Civil […]

Nisar vows to recover missing activists amid global uproar

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ISLAMABAD: The plight of missing academic Salman Haider and three other missing activists was highlighted on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday when Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed the house on the measures being taken to recover the four abducted men. “This government is not in the business of disappearing people and […]

PPF Weekly Media Content Monitoring Report of January 2-8

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Code of conduct for electronic media, defacing the press club, justice for slain journalist Shan Dahar and arrests of journalists were the major issues covered by media during the week. As per Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) monitoring 25 out of 88 news items were related to Freedom of Expression category, 23 related to media development; […]

Concerns mount as disappeared activists yet to be found

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Days after rights activist Wahid Baloch was recovered after being missing for four months, the Karachi Press Club witnessed a demonstration for the second consecutive day on Tuesday to demand recovery of four progressive activists who went missing earlier this week from Lahore and Islamabad. Concerns with respect to the disturbing trend of the disappearances […]