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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 […]


Twitter asked to block malicious content against judiciary

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has approached the top management of micro blogging platform Twitter at its regional headquarter Singapore for extending warning to immediately block/remove malicious trends and tweets vilifying superior judiciary of the country. “Twitter has particularly been informed that presence of such content and trends do not come under the definition of […]


OBITUARY: Ruling hearts and minds of journalists, rights’ defenders

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VERY few people embody equally impressive qualities of head and heart. I.A. Rehman was one of those rare individuals, sought after for his advice, his deep knowledge, his warmth and humour and, simply, his companionship. Rehman Sahib, as he was known to all, developed a special relationship with everyone he had a chance to work […]


Father held over Karak journalist’s murder

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KARAK: The police arrested the father of slain journalist Waseem Alam over the murder. The arrest of Haq Nawaz was made during a raid in Lakki Marwat district, sources in police told Dawn here on Monday. The sources claimed that the suspect had admitted to killing his son during investigation. Waseem Alam was killed two […]


Ethical reporting needed in Gilgit-Baltistan

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The global pandemic has hit the media industry hard, especially from a business standpoint. Yet the fallout is not uniform. In Gilgit-Baltistan, for example, journalism is still in its infancy. Residents rely on national television channels as a primary news source. Print media lags behind given logistical issues related to distance and cost. Digital media […]


Dawn columnist and human rights advocate I.A. Rehman passes away in Lahore

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Dawn columnist and human rights advocate I.A. Rehman passed away in Lahore on Monday at the age of 90. His funeral will be held at Masjid Al Quds A-1 Society Township near LRBT hospital after Isha prayers. Rehman left behind three sons and two daughters. His wife had passed away earlier in 2015 According to […]


Veteran journalist Zia Shahid dies

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LAHORE: Veteran journalist Zia Shahid passed away here on Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 78. Shahid had been undergoing treatment for heart-related ailment at Shaikh Zayed Hospital for the last two weeks. He was Editor-in-Chief of Roznama Khabrain and Channel Five. The seasoned journalist remained associated with various publications during his illustrious career. […]


Journalist shot dead in KP’s Karak

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A local journalist was shot dead by unidentified persons on Saturday evening in the Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkwa, police confirmed. The incident occurred in the Batani Khel area, within the jurisdiction of Karak Police Station. The victim was identified as Waseem Alam, the joint editor of local newspaper, Sada-e-lawaghir. According to the FIR, registered […]


Former Dawn reporter Shahriar passes away

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KARACHI: Hasan Shahriar, a leading journalist, columnist and political analyst of Bangladesh, passed away in Dhaka on Saturday, according to information reaching here. He was 74. Mr Shahriar had also served as a staff reporter in Dawn and Evening Star in the sixties before moving to Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, he worked as the first executive […]


PEMRA Renews Licenses Of 12 Non-commercial Radio Stations

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ISLAMABAD: In its 163rd Authority meeting, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Friday renewed licenses of 12 non-commercial FM radio stations. The renewed licenses belonged to educational institutions including Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro, Allama Iqbal University Islamabad, Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi, University of Karachi, National University of Modern Languages […]


Lahore High Court (LHC) summons information secy in TV channels case

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Friday summoned the provincial secretary for information and also directed the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) to submit affidavits about payments of salaries to their workers. The PBA had filed a petition for recovery of the outstanding payment from the Punjab government against the advertisements […]


Subsidized items for journalists at Rawalpindi Press Club (RPC) today

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Rawalpindi: The journalist community could purchase all eatable items including sugar and ghee on subsidised prices from Rawalpindi Press Club (RPC) on Saturday (today). The Utility Stores Corporation (USC) will send all eatable items including sugar and ghee to RPC for the journalist community. The USC will start ‘Special Ramazan Discount Package’ from April 10 […]


Passage of bill against ‘disrespect of armed forces’ assailed

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ISLAMABAD: The approval of a bill by a National Assembly’s standing committee, which proposed up to two years’ imprisonment and a fine for those who “intentionally ridicule the armed forces”, has drawn ire of politicians from across the divide as well as the legal fraternity. The criticism of the bill came on Thursday not only […]


Question of rights

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Freedom of expression is a fundamental right. Though this right is violated in autocratic governments and dictatorships, all functioning democracies have a mechanism to defend this right without which no civilized society commands respect of the global community in the 21st century. The UN recognizes this right as enshrined in its declaration of human rights. […]


PFUJ, PBC, HRCP, SHCBA concerned over proposed amendment

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) are deeply concerned about the proposed amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code 1898, by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior, which has recommended that persons who ‘disrespect’ or ‘intentionally ridicule’ the […]