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Journalists, lawyers and human rights activists call for early enactment of effective Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill

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Thirty leading editors, journalists, lawyers and human rights activists expressed concern at the delay in approval of the draft Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill, 2020 that would provide a safe environment for practice of journalism in Pakistan.  The draft Bill, which provides a strong base for legislation for protection of media, was presented […]


Pakistani media faced unique challenges in 2020

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In 2020 Pakistani media was confronted with the unique new challenges both in terms of content to cover as well as in the nature of the measures to restrict press freedom and the free flow of information in the country. The year presented the media with the challenge of covering the spread of COVID-19 while […]


Geo cameraman brutally beaten up by under-trial accused on court’s premises

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ISLAMABAD: The under trial accused allegedly involved in the killing of Barrister Fahad Malik attacked the cameraman of Geo News on the premises of Federal Judicial Complex when he was performing his professional duty and brutally beat him with handcuffs and iron rods along with his supporters in presence of the police. Ramna Police had […]


Promotion of cultural activities

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KARACHI: The governing body of the Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP) Karachi has approved 17 sub-committees of the governing body for the promotion of cultural activities and to create a positive image of the Arts Council. Each committee will be chaired by a member of the governing body, said a spokesperson of the ACP on […]


PFUJ to march on capital to demand media workers’ rights

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has announced a long march in the first week of April from Quetta to Islamabad to force the government and media owners to fulfil their legal obligations towards media workers who are facing financial hardships for the last two years. “The anti-worker alliance between the government and […]


Journalists will be consulted for formulating new media policy: Dr Firdous

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LAHORE: Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the Punjab government is bringing a new media policy in which views of the journalists will be taken into consideration while the proposal to construct media tower and training academy for the journalists will be presented in the next ADP. […]


Indian journalist had prior info of Balakot strike, reveals Mumbai police probe

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ISLAMABAD   –      Indian journalist and a supporter of the ruling BJP in India, Arnab Goswami, had prior knowledge of the Modi government’s plan to carry out a strike on Pakistani soil days before Indian Air Force bombed Pakistani soil, the Balakot intrusion on February 26, 2019. The airstrike caused no loss of life in Pakistan […]


BBC ends Sairbeen broadcast on Aaj TV alleging interference

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Friday said it would no longer broadcast its Urdu service news and current affairs programme – Sairbeen – on Aaj TV owing to “interference” with its bulletins. The move means BBC Urdu bulletins will no longer be available for television viewers in Pakistan. BBC World Service Director Jamie Angus said the BBC had experienced “interference in our news bulletins since October […]


Sahiwal judge-AC row: LHC summons CS, PEMRA chairman

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday summoned the Punjab chief secretary, all the commissioners in the province and the chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) in a matter relating to the strike/protest by public servants in support of a former assistant commissioner of Sahiwal, who was got handcuffed by a civil judge […]


PFUJ gives government three-month deadline to resolve media issues

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has given the government three months to take effective steps for resolving the journalists and media issues and deal with the worst ever suppression of the right to free press and expression that has severely compromised the independence of media in the country. Government’s failure to engage […]


Aamer Manzoor restored as state TV’s MD

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Cabinet has restored Aamer Manzoor as the managing director of the state-run television. he was removed by the corporation’s board of directors on January 1st, reported Geo TV. The cabinet has also approved the dismissal of the three directors appointed through a notification issued on November 27 last year. They included Shahzada Naeem […]


Cabinet removes Naeem as PTV chairman

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ISLAMABAD: A day after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) barred Naeem Bukhari from serving as chairman of Pakistan Television, the federal cabinet removed him and two other directors of PTV board on Friday. At the same time, it reinstated Amir Manzoor, who had been sent home by Mr Bukhari. Federal Minister for Science and Technology […]


PFUJ book on its odyssey of seven decades ready

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) book about its eventful odyssey of seven decades is now ready and will be launched soon. The book, titled “From Layoffs to Lashes: PFUJ’s 70-year Fight for Media Freedom” has been compiled to mark 70th anniversary of the PFUJ establishment. The PFUJ can justifiably claim that it’s […]


IHC restrains Naeem Bokhari from working as PTV chairman

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday restrained Naeem Bokhari from working as chairman of Pakistan Television (PTV) while hearing identical petitions against his appointment. Presiding over the case, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah observed that there needed to be a clear reason for relaxing the upper age limit for 65-year-old Bokhari, referencing the Supreme […]


Govt clarifies changes in privacy policy of WhatsApp

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ISLAMABAD: The government has clarified the changes in the privacy policy of the WhatsApp in view of the concerns by the general public, saying that subject changes in privacy are applicable on WhatsApp business account only, while regular non-business/individual profiles/accounts are not affected. According to the Ministry of Information Technology and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority […]


Province’s top lawyer asked to prove whether SC order in Daniel Pearl case holds the field

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday asked the advocate general of Sindh to advance arguments as to whether the Supreme Court’s order still holds the field regarding detention of four men acquitted in abduction and murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl. A division bench of the SHC adjourned the hearing till Jan […]