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Newspaper office attacked in Karachi

The printing press office of “Daily Times” newspaper in Karachi, the capital city of Sindh province, was attacked on September 19, 2012 by some armed men during a strike called by a religious and political party, Jamaat-e-Islami, against the anti-Islamic film. A staff member of Daily Times told PPF that dozens of armed men first […]


Daily Times office attacked in Karachi

KARACHI: The Daily Times office, located in the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE) area of the metropolis, was targeted by some criminal elements during the strike called by Jamaat-e-Islami, here on Wednesday. Some armed men opened aerial fire and entered the premises of the Daily Times press office. A bullet hit the roof of the […]


Lahore High Court orders Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Pemra to ban videos on prophets

LAHORE: THE Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to immediately stop telecasting videos or movies on internet and cable networks about all prophets, including Hazarat Muhammad (PBUH). The court also summoned the chairmen of PTA and Pemra for October 5 for explanation as to […]


YouTube ban restricts rights of Pakistanis: Human Rights Organisation

KARACHI: Condemning hate speech on the internet in general and the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” in particular, the Bytes for All (B4A) Pakistan said it believes that banning “channels of communication [YouTube], limiting access to information platforms and steps to curtail free expression only serve to pave the way for politics-based control systems that […]


All Pakistan Newspapers Society rejects anchorpersons’ allegations

ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society has rejected what it terms an irresponsible campaign by some elements in the electronic media to malign the APNS and the print media. According to a press release, the executive committee of the APNS at a meeting held in Islamabad strongly condemned the assertion of some anchorpersons for accusing […]


Parameters for media accountability case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court carved out on Monday the contours on which petitions regarding media accountability initiated at the behest of some television anchors would be decided. “It is a critical petition and we are clear about its ramifications,” Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja said while heading a two-judge bench that clubbed another petition filed by […]


Websites carrying anti-Islam film blocked, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority tells court

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it had blocked 934 websites carrying an anti-Islam film which provoked worldwide protests. PTA’s Director General Waseem Tauqeer, who had been summoned by the court, said the authority had acted on the orders of the ministry of information technology. In a later […]


Government blocks YouTube operations

By: Khawar Ghumman ISLAMABAD: In response to surging protests against the controversial film ‘Innocence of Muslims”, the government decided on Monday evening to block operations of the video sharing website YouTube in the country. “Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has taken cognizance of the blasphemous film available on YouTube and has issued strict instructions to […]


Film protestors attack Press Club in Dir

PESHAWAR: Journalists in Peshawar have condemned an attack in Upper Dir on Wari Press Club, burnt by protestors angered by an anti-Islam film. Journalists at the club were also reportedly held hostage as scattered protests continued in parts of the country. The Peshawar Press Club termed the incident an attack on the freedom of press […]


Journalists beaten

SUKKUR: A Samaa TV reporter, Iftikhar Arain, and his cameraman were beaten by staff at Civil Hospital, Shikarpur on Sunday. On Sunday evening, a woman, identified as Chasmi, was admitted in labour but there was no female doctor available. Her angry relatives started protesting outside the hospital. Arain and his cameraman rushed to the hospital […]


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority fails to block anti-Islam film completely

By: Obaid Abrar Khan RAWALPINDI: Despite the claim of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) that it has blocked the anti-Islam movie from the website YouTube.com; clips of the film are still available. When The News contacted Deputy Director PR PTA Malahat Rab, she said PTA was trying its best to block the link of the […]


Pemra forbids private channel from showing Indian soaps

LAHORE: In response to a petition filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC), Pemra confirmed in writing that a private TV channel was not entitled to broadcast any Indian dramas and that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had already issued a number of show-cause notices to the company that distributes the channel in […]


Information Ministry fund to be made more secret

By: Kalbe Ali ISLAMABAD: Amid the controversy revolving around the secret fund of the information ministry, the government has decided to change the name of the head ‘Secret Service Expenditure’ in the next budget. “We are seriously considering changing this head’s name to something like ‘discretionary fund” in the budget for 2013-14,” Information Minister Qamar […]


Pakistani journalists receive training

Nine training workshops on the basics of journalism for district correspondents have been conducted by the Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP), with the support of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). A total of 229 district correspondents, including 68 students of the Media Studies Department of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and […]