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Film Producers Association elects new governing body

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Film Producers Association’s (PFPA) annual election was held in Lahore in which the organisation elected its new representatives for the year 2019 to 2020. Distribution Club’s CEO and famous producer Sheikh Amjad Rasheed was elected as the new Chairman of PFPA while Sangeeta Begum was elected as the Senior Vice Chairman. As for the Vice […]


Stakeholders’ rejection of media tribunals

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The Cabinet decision to establish Media Tribunals was reportedly prompted due to couple of Ministers’ complaints to the effect that quite a number of journalists have been continuously targeting them to tarnish their public image and of the government by implication with mala fide intentions. The knee-jerk nature of the decision of the Cabinet obviously […]


Bad attempt at media control

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When a couple of months ago Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan announced the government decision to set up media courts, all stakeholders had condemned the proposal as an attack on media freedom. Yet the government has refused to listen. Last Tuesday, Awan announced that Prime Minister […]


Saudi Arabia shows damage at attack site to journalists

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KHURAIS: Saudi Arabia on Friday took media personnel to an oil facility hit by air strikes that Washington and Riyadh blamed on Iran, showing bent pipes and burnt equipment, as Tehran vowed retaliation if heightened tensions boiled over into hostilities. The kingdom sees the Sept 14 strikes on its Khurais and Abqaiq facilities — the […]


Media persons visit damaged Saudi oil facilities

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Saudi Arabia on Friday took media on a tour of oil facilities damaged by attacks that Washington and Riyadh blame on Iran, showing melted pipes and burnt equipment, as Tehran vowed wide retaliation if heightened tensions boil over into hostilities. The kingdom sees the Sept. 14 strikes on its Khurais and Abqaiq facilities – the […]


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

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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 […]

Front Page


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

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“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