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Pakistan restores Twitter after block over “blasphemous” posts

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan restored access to Twitter after briefly blocking the microblog over “blasphemous” posts about a Facebook competition involving caricatures of Prophet Mohammed. The website was blocked Sunday by the telecoms authority on the orders of the IT ministry amid accusations it refused to remove messages about the Facebook contest. But the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority […]


TUJ condemns torture on tribal journalist

SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: Tribal Union of Journalists, South Waziristan Agency Unit, Saturday strongly condemned torturing of a tribal journalist allegedly by personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) in Wana, South Waziristan Agency.To condemn the act on the part of the personnel of the FC, a meeting of TUJ, South Waziristan Agency unit was held with Mohammad Roshan […]


Bullet-riddled body of journalist found in Turbat

By Shehzad Baloch QUETTA: The bullet-riddled body of a journalist was found dumped in a deserted area near Turbat city in Kech district on Saturday morning. At least 17 journalists have been killed in Balochistan during the last three years. Relatives of Express News correspondent Razzaq Gul said that he had been kidnapped from near […]


World Press Freedom Day Celebrated by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) on May 3, 2012

Pakistani journalists are killed, unjustly detained, abducted, beaten and threatened by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, militants, tribal and feudal lords, as well as, some political parties that claim to promote democracy and the rule of law. Sixwere killed in the line of duty in Pakistan during 2011. For every journalist who has been deliberately […]


Demo against manhandling of journalists in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: A large number of journalists and photographers protested against beating-up of two journalists outside the local press club on Tuesday. They chanted slogans against the Jamshoro administration as two journalists of a private TV channel, Aziz Palari and Ismail Barejo, were beaten up. They were residents of Nooriabad and Kotri.They demanded of the government […]


Pakistan Broadcasting Association advises Pemra to be specific

ISLAMABAD: Secretary General Pakistan Broadcasting Association (PBA) Syed Sarfraz Hussain Shah, on behalf of PBA members, has rejected the accusations levelled by the Pemra against entire broadcasting industry. He gave his remarks in response to the press release titled “Pemra to take action against derogatory programmes, excessive advertisements and foreign content,” says a PBA press […]


Journalists flogged during Zia’s time say they were proud of ‘punishment’

KARACHI: At an event organised by the Karachi Union of Journalists on Monday, audience members had the opportunity to meet four journalists who symbolised the civil society’s struggle against Ziaul Haq’s military dictatorship. Masoodullah Khan, Nasir Zaidi, Khawar Naeem and Iqbal Jafferi were flogged on May 13, 1978 for protesting for the freedom of the […]


PAK-AFGHAN TIES: Journalists exchange to foster peace

NEWS DESK: An exchange programme for young journalists from Pakistan and Afghanistan is being arranged by German political foundation Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). Professional journalists aged between 18 and 32 with a minimum work experience of two years are invited to apply for the exchange programme. The deadline for applications is May 20, 2012. Applicants fulfilling the […]


Tribal journalists urge govt to ensure media freedom in Fata

BAJAUR AGENCY – Fata journalists have urged the government to take appropriate measures to ensures freedom of press in Fata and demanded immediate removal of all restrictions on media in the tribal areas. They warned if their demands were not accepted, they would start a protest movement in the tribal agencies. This was said by […]


Reporter’s murder: police clueless

LARKANA: The three police teams constituted to arrest the killers of a TV reporter, his brother and friend have failed to lay hands on the accused nominated in the FIR. Aurangzeb Tunio, reporter of a popular Sindhi news channel stationed in Lalurounk town, his brother Rustum Tunio and friend Deedar Khaskheli were shot dead by […]


Journalists condemn police assault

CHARSADDA: Journalists Associations of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) strongly condemned a police attack on journalists on Friday. Sher Ali Khan, correspondent for a news agency in Charsadda, along with a cameraman for private TV channel, Siraj Ali, were allegedly assaulted while covering a demonstration against loadshedding on Friday. The police snatched their cameras and tried to […]


Promoting peace: Attack on Ajmal Khattak’s mausoleum condemned

ISLAMABAD: Writers, intellectuals and journalists on Thursday condemned the act of terrorism on the grave of progressive politician, intellectual and poet Ajmal Khattak. Noted poet Iftikhar Arif said that the attack on mausoleums is a barbaric act and no sane human being can think of it. “Ajmal Khattak was a respectable person and writer who […]


Journalist, two others shot dead

SUKKUR: A journalist, his brother and a friend were gunned down in their office by armed persons in Lalo Raink in Kambar-Shahdadkot district on Thursday. Sources said a girl Khushboo Mughairi had eloped with her paramour Tanveer Tunio four days back. The eloping led to tensions between Tunia and Mughairi clans and enraged Mughairis ousted […]


PEMRA to take action against derogatory programmes

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in pursuance to the decision of the authority in its 75th meeting held on Tuesday at PEMRA Headquarters issued final notices to TV channels involved in airing derogatory, humiliating programmes purposely meant for character assassination of individuals and organisation in the guise of parody or satire. The […]