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UN Human Rights Committee asks Pakistan about crimes against journalists

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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

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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. […]

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

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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 […]

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Facebook turns down govt request over cell phone numbers

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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 […]

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SC seeks details of govt ads given to media

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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 […]

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SC issues contempt notices to Jang Group publisher, editor, The News reporter

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ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of news reports published in Daily Jang and The News, the Supreme Court on Monday issued contempt of court notices to the Jang Group’s Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, Publisher/Printer Mir Javed Rahman and The News reporter Ahmad Noorani. A three-member special implementation bench on the PanamaLeaks case verdict headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal […]

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Facebook to remove fake accounts, provocative material

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ISLAMABAD: The Facebook management has assured Pakistan that it will remove fake accounts and explicit, hateful and provocative material that incites violence and terrorism. The commitment was given by Vice President of Facebook Joel Kaplan who called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Friday. “Facebook… has reiterated its commitment to keep the […]

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Senators want PEMRA to ban quacks on TV shows

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ISLAMABAD: With unqualified or people with dubious credentials handing out health and beauty tips using herbs and vegetables on television shows, senators have demanded that the regulatory authority should crack down on the practice. “My maid used one of the tips [advised in a morning show] and it burnt her face,” Senator Ateeq Shaikh said […]

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Journalist granted bail on posting critical comments on Facebook

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Karachi July 6: On July 5, Zafar Achakzai, a journalist of daily “Qudrat” Quetta-based Urdu newspaper, granted bail against Rs80, 000 after six days of remand by court in Quetta, Balochistan a province of Pakistan. On June 29 Achakzai was booked by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016, for […]

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Quetta court grants bail to journalist arrested by FIA over ‘anti-state’ social media posts

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A Quetta court on Wednesday granted bail to journalist Zafarullah Achakzai, arrested by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for allegedly writing against national security institutions on social media. Achakzai, who was working for Qudrat, a Quetta-based daily, had been arrested by the FIA on June 25 under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016. He was later remanded to […]

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Pakistan: Journalist arrested posting critical posts on Facebook

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Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on June 29 charged Zafar Achakzai, a journalist working for Daily “Qudrat” in the city of Quetta, under the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016. Local journalists believe Achakzai was arrested for comments he had posted on Facebook criticizing security agencies and the arrest of Majeed Khan Achakzai, a member […]

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Pemra did not issue any direction for Parachinar tragedy coverage

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Wednesday clarified that it had not issued any instructions to television channels for not airing news regarding tragic terrorist’ attacks in Parachinar. In a statement issued here, Pemra clarified the fake news being aired by some TV channels that Pemra had issued instructions to TV channels not to […]

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Pemra directs private TV, host to apologise to viewers

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has directed the management of TV One and host of the programme “Ishq Ramzan” Sahir Lodhi to tender apology to viewers for airing controversial remarks about the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The management of the TV channel has been directed to specifically mention compliance […]

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Journalists demand action against security guards

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FAISALABAD: Journalists Wednesday took out a protest rally against the excesses of University of Agriculture Faisalabad’s security guards who beat TV channel cameramen and reporters a day before. The journalists from electronic and print media on Thursday were taking photographs of a protest launched by six rusticated students in front of the University of Agriculture. […]

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