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Cable operators suspend Urdu news channels in Balochistan

By: Bari Baloch QUETTA – On the call of Baloch Student Organisation-Muhiud Din and Balochistan National Party-Mengal, cable operators suspended transmission of Urdu news channels across the province. Earlier, the BSO-M and BNP had threatened to suspend transmissions of Urdu private channels from February 1 throughout the province and Baloch-dominated areas in Karachi to protest […]


Shahzad Commission Results Marred by Free Ride for ISI

Government has to Take on Military and Intelligence Services and end Impunity The commission’s failure to get to the bottom of the Shahzad killing illustrates the ability of the ISI to remain beyond the reach of Pakistan’s criminal justice system. The government still has the responsibility to identify those responsible for Shahzad’s death and hold […]


Pemra warns TV channels to abstain from unethical practices

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) while taking serious notice of creeping unacceptable practices of moral policing by some TV channels has warned them to abstain from indulging in unethical journalistic practices whereby any act of a reporter, electronic media journalist, anchor or the TV channel as a whole be assumed in dis-conformity to generally […]


Opponents to supporters: Lawmakers now support all cultural activities

By Abdul Manan LAHORE: Thursday was a busy day for members of the Punjab Assembly. A resolution supporting extracurricular activities in public and private education institutions was passed, amid some opposition. The treasury also managed to pass 14 bills, sent back by the governor with objections after the previous session, through motions in the House. […]


NA body for ban on anti-Pakistan words on TV channels

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Thursday recommended that no one would be allowed to speak against Pakistan in programmes broadcast by private television channels. It observed that words like “Pakistan will break” must not go on-air and use of such language should be banned. The committee meeting held at the […]


Pakistan below Afghanistan in Press Freedom Index

PESHAWAR: Press freedom situation went from bad to worse in Pakistan as the country was ranked 151 in a global media organisation’s World Press Freedom Index for 2011-12 – a point below Afghanistan (150th) – as violence remained the main concern for journalists, under constant threat from Taliban, religious extremists, separatist movements and political groups. […]


‘Journalists not safe in Balochistan’

QUETTA: Expressing concerns over the appalling working conditions for journalists in Balochistan, some senior journalists of the province have said that intolerance among political and religious parties, government institutions and armed groups often created problems for the community. They said such intolerance often resulted in threats to journalists, which always kept them under pressure. Quetta […]


Protest against journalist’s killing

Amanullah Kasi QUETTA: The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) and Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) held demonstrations on Friday in protest against the killing of journalist Mukarram Khan Atif and kidnapping of four people belonging to the Hazara community. In their separate demonstrations near the press club, members of the BUJ and activists of the HDP […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page


Journalists condemn killing of Voice of America reporter

By Manzoor Ali Say working for US-funded organisations does not justify murder. PESHAWAR: A protest was staged by journalists in Peshawar on Thursday to condemn the killing of a colleague from Mohmand Agency. The protestors also demanded the Taliban to explain their position over the killing of Mukkaram Khan and other journalists. The Khyber Union […]

Front Page, Print Media