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Contempt proceedings against anchorperson dropped after apology

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ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench here on Wednesday dropped contempt of court proceedings against a private TV channel management and anchorperson Matiullah Jan as they tendered unconditional apologies. On February 7, IHC bench took notice of the contents of a private TV programme that was telecast on February 5 where the anchorperson had […]


IHC summons private TV CEO, anchor

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ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of a programme on Valentine’s Day, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday directed the chief executive officer (CEO), anchor and the participants to personally appear before it to explain as to why contempt proceedings may not be initiated against them and why Pemra may not be directed to […]


Pak media faces undeclared gag: CPJ

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LAHORE: An undeclared gag on media is in place in Pakistan as journalists are prone to employ self-censorship while reporting on sensitive subjects. The views were expressed by Steven Butler, Asian Program Coordinator of Committee to Protect Journalists, Ahmed Rashid, Member Board of Directors CPJ, and Mustafa Hameed, Producer at CPJ, at a “Meet the […]


Nawaz’s speeches: LHC summons Pemra official

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday summoned a responsible official of Pakistan Electronic Media regulatory Authority (Pemra) in connection with a petition against alleged contemptuous and anti-judiciary speeches of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, The petitioner’s counsel, Azhar Siddique, argued before the court that Nawaz had launched a vilification […]


CPNE concerned by overdue govt payments

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The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has expressed concern over the unjustified and continued nonpayment of dues by the Sindh government and advertising agencies associated with it. In a resolution, the council said that the nonpayment has caused delays in salaries and wages to working journalists and other staff of newspaper organisations and pushed […]


Journalism academy to be named after Siddiq Baloch

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QUETTA: Intellectuals, journalists, director general Public Relations Balochistan, civil society members and people from various businesses have proposed establishment of a journalism academy in the name of senior journalist late Lala Siddiq Baloch in order to pay him a grand tribute for his untiring services in the field of journalism. It came during a condolence […]


IHC judge asks journalist if he wants to contest contempt proceedings

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday gave two days to senior journalist and anchor Matiullah Jan to decide whether he would tender an apology or contest the contempt of court proceedings against him. The judge was hearing a case against an episode of the talk show ‘Apna Apna […]


Crackdown on fake armed forces social media accounts

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ISLAMABAD: A list of over 250 fraudulent social media accounts using the names of Pakistan’s armed forces has been forwarded to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor for the purpose of a crackdown on such accounts, says a press release. The FIA has, in […]


Axact fake degrees case: PBA serves legal notice on FIA for negligence in probe

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KARACHI: A legal notice has been served on the Federal Investigation Agency by the Pakistan Broadcasters Association for the agency “to take immediate steps regarding the fake degrees issued by Axact” in light of a pending Supreme Court case. Interestingly, the notice was originally drafted by Asma Jahangir a day before she died. It was […]


SC seeks explanation from The News, Jang’s chief editor over headline

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday summoned the chief editor and publisher of The News and Urdu daily Jang, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, to appear in court on Tuesday and explain the lead headline, “Wish Shahbaz is next PM”, run by the two newspapers in their Feb 12 editions. The story concerns the proceedings that were held […]


Asma stood for truth against all odds: PBA

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KARACHI: The late Asma Jehangir was one of the most fearless, forthright, vocal voices in support of an independent judiciary, rule of law and democracy in Pakistan, says a press release issued by the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA). The PBA said Ms Asma always remained steadfast in unfolding the truth against all odds. She fought […]


Fake it till you break it

Journalists in Pakistan are keeping up with global trends and are not far behind their western counterparts in the spreading of alternative facts and fake news. More than a year ago someone from the US asked me at a conference if fake news was as big a problem in Pakistan as it was in the […]


Minister vows to safeguard journalists’ rights

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KARACHI – Sindh Minister for Information, Labour and Transport Syed Nasir Hussain Shah on Thursday visited the Karachi Press Club (KPC) and met the newly-elected body and members of governing body. He was accompanied by Secretary Information Imran Atta Soomro, Secretary Transport Saeed Ahmed Avan Director Information Dr Muizzuddin Pirzada. He was welcomed by President […]


Contempt notices issued to TV channel’s owner, anchor

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued contempt notices to the owner and four employees of Waqt TV on Wednesday after taking exception to a programme aired this week. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued the notices to Rameeza Majeed Nizami, the owner of Nawa-i-Waqt Group, anchorperson Matiullah Jan, bureau chief Sardar Hameed and producers Mohammad […]