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Pakistan: Three staffers of television channel injured in suicide attack while covering protest rally

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Lahore: Three staff members of Aaj television channel were injured when a suicide bomber targeted police officials that were negotiating to end a protest by hundreds of pharmacists against amendments to the law to regulate sale of pharmaceutical drugs. The blast, which targeted the police officials in the busy Mall Road near the provincial assembly […]

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Pemra suspends Dr Shahid Masood, show for 30 days

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ISLAMABAD: The country’s electronic media regulator on Monday suspended talk show anchor Dr Shahid Masood and his programme, Live with Dr Shahid Masood, on Bol television for 30 days. It also imposed a fine of Rs1 million on the Bol network for making baseless allegations against the Pakistan Army and the federal ministers for finance […]

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Two police teams formed to investigate deadly attack on DSNG

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KARACHI: A formal police investigation was launched into the deadly attack on the vehicle of a TV news channel on Sunday, with two separate teams of investigators being formed on Monday as the chief minister sought daily progress report of the investigation, while the interior minister assured the TV channel of early arrest of the […]

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Staffer of television channel shot dead: Taliban claim responsibility for the killing

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Karachi: One person was killed when unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle fired at the Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van of “Samaa” television channel on February 12, in Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan.The person killed was twenty two years old Taimoor Abbas who was working as an Assistant on the DSNG van. The DSNG […]

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HRCP concerned at ‘vicious campaign’ on TV

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Friday expressed grave concern over a vicious campaign by a TV anchorperson against several journalists and rights defenders. In a statement, the Commission said: “The HRCP has been horrified by the licence given to an anchorperson on a private TV channel to ridicule renowned journalists and […]

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Answer Pemra first, then go to HC, SC tells private channel

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the prohibitory order of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), banning aprivate TV channel programme hosted by Amir Liaquat Hussain. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ameer Hani Muslim and comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel heard the appeal filed […]

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Activists share concerns for safety amid attacks on free speech

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KARACHI: In the light of a recent Supreme Court order that halted airing of hateful content on electronic media, activists from various civil rights organisations held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss their concerns for safety amid “attacks on free speech” and asked if the state was “still backing fascist gangs on streets”. The concern […]

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PPF seeks justice killing Bangladeshi reporter

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Sheikh Hasina Wazid,  Prime Minister of Bangladesh, expressed concerned over the killing of Abdul Hakin Shimul associated with the Bangla-language daily Samakal. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Bangladesh the culprits with weapons used in the incident and we urge your government to […]

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Bol takes Aamir Liaquat off-air on SC orders

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ISLAMABAD: The management of Bol Television assured the Supreme Court on Monday that it would immediately take Aamir Liaquat Hussain’s show, ‘Aisay Nahi Chaley Ga’, off-air for allegedly expounding hate speech against several individuals. A three-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim, cautioned Usman Shahid, executive officer of Labbaik (Pvt) Ltd — […]

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