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Nationwide Internet Outage in Temporarily Disrupts Connectivity

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On April 9, residents across Pakistan experienced a temporary disruption in internet services, with users reporting outages starting from 11:35 am. The primary service providers affected included Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL), Nayatel, and Transworld Home. The connectivity issues were reported in major cities such as Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar. The internet tracker website Downdetector indicated a significant number of reports in the […]


Hunt Continues for More Suspects in Journalist Jan Mohammad Mahar’s Murder

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In a press conference on April 9, Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ghulam Nabi Memon said that the hunt for more suspects is still active in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Jan Mohammad Mahar, a senior journalist associated with KTN channel from Sukkur, Sindh. Mahar was brutally murdered on August 13, 2023, targeted by motorcycle-riding assailants near St. Saviour School […]


Information Minister Tarar Meets Media Groups, Addresses Industry Challenges

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On April 5, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar held separate meetings with representatives from the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) to address concerns in the media industry. Tarar emphasized the government’s commitment to improving working conditions for journalists and resolving challenges faced by […]


Islamabad High Court Demands Concrete Evidence for Social Media Platform X’s Closure

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On April 3, the Islamabad High Court (IHC), led by Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, ordered the interior secretary to appear before the court on April 17 to provide a detailed justification for the suspension of social media platform X, previously known as Twitter. The platform has faced access restrictions in Pakistan since February 17, amidst allegations of […]


Journalist Murtaza Ali Shah Faces Threats from India Over Khalistan Coverage

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Murtaza Ali Shah, a reporter for Geo News and The News London, is facing life-threatening intimidation from the Indian state due to his extensive coverage of Khalistan issues, according to the Sikh Federation UK. Dabinderjit Singh, leader of the pro-Khalistan British Sikh organisation, went public with this information during an interview with the Sikh Channel Akaal TV. The Sikh Federation […]


Afghan Radio Journalist Ahmad Hanayish Attacked in Islamabad, Suffers Serious Injuries

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An Islamabad-based Afghan journalist, Ahmad Hanayish, also known by his birth name Abdul Aleem Saqib, sustained severe injuries in an attack on April 3 in Islamabad. Renowned for his significant contributions to Afghan media, Hanayish was the head of private Radio Kahkashan and Radio Donya and also served as a correspondent for Radio Azadi, affiliated with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). […]


Supreme Court Takes Strong Stance on Misinformation, Media Regulation, and Journalist Harassment

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A three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, comprising Justice Musarrat Hilali and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan, addressed critical issues related to media freedom, the spread of misinformation, and the harassment of journalists on April 2. The bench had taken up the Press As­­sociation of the Supreme […]


Federal Board of Revenue Enforces Immediate Media Interaction Ban

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On April 3, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) implemented a strict ban preventing all officers from interacting with the media personnel. The FBR Chairman Malik Amjed Zubair Tiwana enforced  the ban with immediate effect.  This decisive measure comes in response to instances of officials bypassing established protocols and contacting the press without prior approval. […]


Veteran Journalist Syed Iqbal Hussain Passes Away

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Iqbal Hussain, a senior journalist and Associate Editor of the business magazine Economic Outlook, which is published by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and Pakistan Press International (PPI), passed away on March 30 after a period of illness. He was also the husband of Sheherbano, the Editor of Supplements at The News.  Hussain had been ill for a period of time and was admitted to […]


Federal Cabinet Revises Exit Control List, Media Persons Imran Riaz Khan and Sami Ibrahim Among New Additions

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On March 28, the federal cabinet endorsed the addition of 24 names to the Exit Control List (ECL), following a proposal shared by the Interior Ministry. This list now includes prominent journalists Sami Ibrahim and Imran Riaz Khan. The Interior Ministry circulated a summary for approval from the Federal Cabinet citing ongoing inquiries against the journalists as the reason […]


Punjab Announces Plans for AI-Powered Electronic Media Monitoring and New Cyber Advertising Policy

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Director General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab Rubina Afzal has revealed plans to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into the province’s electronic media monitoring practices. The announcement was made during her visit to the Directorate of Electronic Media and Publication (DEMP) and the Press Information Department’s (PID) Cyber Wing in Islamabad.  Afzal stressed the necessity of updating these monitoring practices to align with contemporary technological […]


KPC, Unilever Join Hands to Improve Climate Change Reporting in Pakistan

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On March 29, Karachi Press Club (KPC) and Unilever Pakistan initiated a significant partnership through an interactive session aimed at bolstering climate change journalism in Pakistan. This engagement is part of a broader effort to establish a dynamic platform for climate journalism that enhances the accuracy and depth of environmental reporting.  Speakers emphasized the importance of […]


Pakistan, UK Discuss Fake News, Media Cooperation

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On March 28, Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Attaullah Tarar, and the British High Commission’s Political Counsellor, Zoe Ware, deliberated on the pressing global issue of fake news and misinformation. Tarar called for the establishment of a robust code of conduct for social media and content creators to curb the spread of false information. […]


Supreme Court Restrains FIA From Arresting Journalists; AGP Provides Assurance

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On March 27,  the Supreme Court of Pakistan, led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, restrained the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from arresting journalists till the next date of hearing following the issuance of notices under Section 160 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898.  This directive came during the hearing of a suo motu notice concerning alleged harassment of journalists […]