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In the name of honour

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IN recent days, following a tip from a discreet informant, two bodies were exhumed from a graveyard in Sherpao Colony, Karachi. A post-mortem examination conducted thereafter revealed that the two individuals had been subjected to intense torture in their final hours: they had been beaten, tied to a charpai and electrocuted until they died, and then […]


Where our media stands

There are three traditional pillars of any state: legislature, executive and judiciary. They enact laws, apply them and also interpret the same. The media is considered as the ‘fourth pillar’ of any state and plays an exceptionally important role in disseminating, informing, educating and reforming society in a larger perspective. Objectivity, truthfulness, fairness and impartiality […]


SHC seeks lists of civil servants working in the media

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HYDERABAD: The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered on Friday the provincial government to submit lists of government servants working as journalists in all administrative divisions of Sindh. The bench, comprising Justice Salahuddin Panhwar and Justice Fahim Ahmed Siddiqi, gave a final warning to the provincial additional advocate-general after the Hyderabad commissioner submitted the list for nine districts […]


One rogue DG caused ‘press gagging’ debacle: Marriyum Aurangzeb

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ISLAMABAD: A director general of the information ministry was solely responsible for whatever transpired with the Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) and the consequent drafting of a law curbing press freedom happened without the knowledge of the secretary or the minister. This detail, according to Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Marriyum Aurangzeb, […]


Inquiry finds director responsible for draft law to gag media: minister

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb revealing the details of a fact finding inquiry into the drafting of an ordinance to put curbs on the print media at a press conference here Tuesday said that Director General of the Internal Publicity Wing of the ministry Nasir Jamal was solely […]


IHC suspends proceedings against media group

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ISLAMABAD: A bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here Wednesday stayed proceedings against Jang/Geo group in a case where Ms Axact Private Limited filed a criminal complaint against the largest media group at district courts of Islamabad for publishing a news article regarding the conviction of an Axact fake degree scandal character Umair Hamid. […]


Freedom of expression: Official responsible for press law alarm identified

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Arangzeb revealed on Tuesday a senior officer had been found responsible for a recent controversy about proposed amendments to the Press Council of Pakistan Ordinance to regulate the print media. Sharing the outcome of a fact-finding inquiry into the matter, she said at a news conference that […]


Media not allowed to enter polling stations, allege journalists

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LAHORE: Journalists and workers of different observatory bodies have alleged that they were refused entry into polling stations to monitor the election process despite having accreditation cards issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). “This is tantamount to curbing freedom of media and put the whole election process into doubt,” Rai Shahnawaz, a reporter of […]


Publications law

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THE framing of laws and the ambit of their application is always a delicate balancing act. After the media managed to see off the threat posed by a draft law targeting the press, another, albeit somewhat less worrisome, challenge has come up. It appears that the draft Sindh Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Act, […]


Censorship? Never again…

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IT may have been an abortive attempt, given that it had to be abandoned due to the outrage expressed in the media, but that someone in the corridors of power was willing to make a crude, sinister attempt to muzzle the press in the country is reason enough to trigger alarm bells. Once the draft […]


Sindh drafts law to regulate registration of papers, printing presses, books

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KARACHI: With the concurrent list abolished in the wake of the adoption of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, the Sindh government has drafted a law to regulate registration of newspapers, news agencies, printing presses and books that on paper appears to be tougher than the existing laws. “By regulating printing presses in the province, […]


Any bar on media coverage of references hearing to raise doubts

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ISLAMABAD: Transparency of trial of high profile references against deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and others will be severely marred if Islamabad’s accountability court barred the media from covering it as per its professional calls to inform the public at large about it. Judge Mohammad Bashir did not permit reporters to be present in the […]


Media foiling extra-constitutional attacks: Marriyum

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RAWALPINDI: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Marriyum Aurangzeb Wednesday said that media is playing a crucial role in eliminating the menace of terrorism and foiling the extra-constitutional attacks on democracy in the country. Addressing a media workshop, she said that the government is taking bold steps to ensure protection and security of working […]


ATC indicts four for blasphemy on social media

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ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted four out of seven suspects for allegedly publishing blasphemous content about Islam on social media. ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand arraigned the suspects, who pleaded not guilty and decided to stand trial. The suspects were brought to the court amid tight security. Subsequently, the court directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to start […]