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Final draft of bill on media courts not yet ready: Firdous

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Criticism from almost all the representative bodies of media organisations on the controversial issue of setting up of special media tribunals in the country put the government on the back foot as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday said the government had not yet prepared any […]


Pakistan: Two staffers of Dunya television injured in IED blasts in Quetta.

Quetta: Two staff members of Dunya television were injured when improvised explosive devices (IED) exploded, the first IED went off near the office of a transport company at Khezai Chowk area. Reporter Ibrar Ahmed and Cameraman Rehmat Ali reached the area to cover the first explosion, then the second IED exploded. Ahmed and Ali were […]


Pakistan Press Foundation expresses grave concern over suppression of media in Indian held Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental organization committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression has expressed grave concern over the communications blackout in Indian held Kashmir with arrest of journalists and by cutting off access to internet access, cable and television channels. In a letter addressed to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PPF […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page


Pemra bans ads featuring Indian actors, content

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has banned several advertisements of different products which were produced in India or carrying Indian talent being aired on electronic media in the country. PEMRA has issued a notification in this regard which says, “Whereas, permission of airing Indian channels/content was withdrawn on the direction of the […]

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Ghani hints at issuing health cards to journalists

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KARACHI: The newly-appointed provincial minister for Information & Archives and Labour, Saeed Ghani presided over on Wednesday his first meeting of the Information & Archives Department. Information secretary Imran Atta Soomro briefed Ghani about the functions of the department’s various directorates. Addressing the meeting, the minister said that he wanted to facilitate the print and […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Governance, Media and Governance


CPJ asks India to restore communication services in IOK

NEW YORK – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent supervising body, has expressed alarm at reports of a communication blackout and the arrest of a journalist in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir amid an escalating political crisis. The Indian government on Monday had announced the revocation of a constitutional provision granting limited autonomy to […]

Front Page, Media and Society, New Media


Sindh sales tax on newspaper ads withdrawn

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Karachi: The Sindh cabinet, which met here late last week under Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, decided to withdraw the three per cent Sindh Sales Tax (SST) levied by the provincial bureau of revenue on advertisements in newspapers and periodicals, as well as their web editions. The decision was taken after a delegation of […]

Front Page, Print Media


Coverage Without Cover

Pakistan Press Foundation

“A few days before his death, I asked my brother why don’t you leave this risky and low-paid profession and go back to Korea to make your children’s future bright,” Nawab Gul recalls his last exchange with his deceased brother Javed Khan. “I was worried about growing attacks on journalists in the country. But he […]

Broadcasting, Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media and Governance, Media and Society, Media Safety


CPNE to resist censorship, announces campaign for free press

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LAHORE: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has rejected the proposal of media courts and vowed to resist all sorts of censorship and pressures being exerted on the media. This was decided in a meeting held here on Wednesday presided over by CPNE President Arif Nizami. The meeting was attended by Secretary-General Dr Jabbar Khattak, […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media and Society, Media Ethics, Media Safety


IHC moved against media censorship

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ISLAMABAD: A petition has been filed in the Islamabad High Court against what it described as media censorship and taking off air private television channels giving time to opposition politicians. Advocate Mir Aurangzeb cited in his petition the information and broadcasting secretary and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) as respondents. The petition said: […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media Ethics, Media Safety


‘Setting up media courts is an attack on media’

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LAHORE: A Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker termed the government’s suggestion of setting up media courts as an “attack on the media itself”. Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Hina Pervez Butt strongly condemned the government’s suggestion in a resolution submitted at the Punjab Assembly secretariat. The MPA contended that the government’s act of censorship is tantamount […]

Broadcasting, Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media and Governance, Media Safety


Ahsan slams govt for media censorship

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Lahore: PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal has expressed gratitude to the masses for making the Black Day successful by participating in rallies in large numbers. People’s participation despite police crackdown proved that they have rejected the government that came into power through stealing the mandate, he said while addressing a press conference at the PML-N […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media and Governance


Government to set up media courts in the country

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The Government of Pakistan on July 24 proposed to establish media courts to resolve issues related to the media industry and ensure timely justice to the victims of media, besides introducing a new advertising policy and issuing licenses to 58 new TV channels. Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, Media and Governance, Media and Society, Media Safety


GFMD DELIVER AN ORAL STATEMENT AT THE UN HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT

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On July 19th at the 2019 UN High-Level Segment held at the United Nations HQ, GFMD, represented by Owais Aslam, Secretary General of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and member of the GFMD Steering Committee, delivered an oral statement. In this statement, our network called for the strengthening of pluralistic and independent media and journalism on the road […]

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