Media Safety | Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

Media Safety

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. […]


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 […]


‘Journalists’ protection in Pakistan weakens’

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Although globally casualties of journalists have been reduced, yet in Pakistan’s case, the situation has deteriorated from sixth to fourth most dangerous county of the world for journalists, the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) that fights for the protection of journalists round the globe has said. Besides, there are also plenty of reported and […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


English daily’s reporter missing after overnight raid at his home

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI : The whereabouts of a journalist associated with a national daily are unknown after he was allegedly picked up by “plainclothes security personnel” in the early hours of Sunday. According to his family, Abdullah Zafar, a staff reporter at The Nation, was taken away in an overnight raid at their house in Lawyers Society, […]


Journalist granted bail on posting critical comments on Facebook

Pakistan Press Foundation

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 […]


PPF raises concern over the killing and free expression violations

Pakistan Press Foundation

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is concerned over the brutal murder, conviction and detention of journalists and blogger in Mexico, Vietnam and Myanmar. On July 4, PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico is alarmed at the brutal murder of journalist Salvador Adame; whose burnt body was […]


PPF condemns the detention of three  Burmese journalists

Pakistan Press Foundation

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has written a letter to Htin Kyaw President of the Republic of Myanmar to express its concern over the detention of three journalists in Northern Myanmar on June 26 2017. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali, in a letter called for the immediate release of Aye, Pyae and Zaw and withdraws […]


PPF alarmed at the brutal murder of Mexican journalist

Pakistan Press Foundation

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico is alarmed at the brutal murder of journalist Salvador Adame; whose burnt body was found on June 14, 2017 at the roadside in the western state of Michoacán. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter urged the Mexican government […]


Female journalist’s alleged murderer arrested in Karachi

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: The police claimed on Saturday to have arrested the suspected murderer of a female journalist in Karachi. The journalist, Zeba Burney, 65, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside her apartment in Khudadad Colony within the limits of the Brigade police station on the first day of Eidul Fitr. Her housemaid found her body […]


Journalist’s arrest

Pakistan Press Foundation

THE arrest of a journalist in Quetta on Sunday illustrates the extent to which the legislation on electronic crimes can be used to stifle dissent. Zafarullah Achakzai, a reporter for a Quetta-based daily, was taken into custody by security personnel in plainclothes, a questionable modus operandi in itself, and charges were filed against him by […]


Pakistan: Journalist arrested posting critical posts on Facebook

Pakistan Press Foundation

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 […]