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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 […]


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 […]


Counsel, witnesses, judges in Pearl case received threats, SC told

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was told on Tuesday that the murder trial of Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau chief Daniel Pearl was transferred from the Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) Karachi to the ATC Hyderabad after the counsel, witnesses and even the judges hearing the case received threats. Advocate Faisal Siddiqui, who is representing the parents […]


PTV chairman’s hiring seems against SC guidelines: IHC

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ISLAMABAD: The appointment of Naeem Bokhari as the Pakistan Television (PTV) chairman appears to have been made in violation of guidelines set by the Supreme Court (SC), observed the chief justice of Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday. Hearing identical petitions against appointment of Mr Bokhari, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah advised the counsel for […]


‘We can’t see your private messages’: WhatsApp seeks to reassure users after new policy sparks exodus

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WhatsApp on Tuesday sought to reassure its two billion users that their personal messages to friends and family will remain private after an update in its terms of service raised eyebrows on social media and was criticized by digital rights activists. Unveiled on Wednesday, WhatsApp’s new privacy terms reserve the right to share user data, […]


Naeem Bokhari’s appointment as chairman state TV challenged

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LAHORE: The appointment of senior lawyer Naeem Bokhari as director and chairman of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTVC) has been challenged before the Lahore High Court. The petitioner, Usman Ghani, mainly argues that the impugned appointment has been made in violation of the Supreme Court judgments. He said the government appointed Bokhari, who is 65 years […]


Pakistan’s first social media app will be ready by the end of 2021: IT Minister

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Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Amin-ul-Haque stated that IT Ministry will make Pakistan’s first social media application before 2021 ends. Everyone will have open access to the application. It has been reported that the application will be an all-encompassing one, as it would have all the features the American messaging application WhatsApp has, […]


Data protection law on the cards in Pakistan after WhatsApp policy shift

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Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that the government was making efforts to introduce a strong data protection law to protect citizens’ privacy after WhatsApp announced on Thursday it will now share personal data of users including phone numbers and locations with its parent company, Facebook. “Instead of adopting a […]