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Monthly Archives: December 2018

PPF condemns investigation against Fox TV anchor Fatih Portakal

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey has expressed concern over the investigation launched against Fox TV anchor Fatih Portakal. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the threats and fine made against the anchor and channel and called on the authorities to stop targeting journalists and […]

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PPF expressed deep concern over murder of a radio announcer in Negros

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Rodrigo Duterte, President of Philippines has expressed deep concern over the murder of a radio announcer, Gabriel Alburo in the town of La Libertad, Negros Oriental on December 28. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the murder of Gabriel Alburo and called on the authorities […]

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Cruel year for the media

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The year gone by has been a cruel year for the media. In a country where more than 40 TV news channels fight for ratings and a limited advertising pie, the industry finally went into a correction mode. This was also prompted by the government which not only slashed its advertising budget but also re-negotiated […]

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First editorial meeting: PFA to publish magazine on mobile app, website

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LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) in its first editorial board meeting has unanimously decided to publish PFA Magazine on mobile application and website. PFA Director General (retd) Captain Muhammad Usman said that the decision was made to engage and target maximum audience in a short time by utilising digital technology. He said that magazine will […]

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More water reservoirs needed to bring green revolution

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ISLAMABAD: More water reservoirs are needed to bring green revolution in the country especially when the phenomena of climate change is gradually affecting the overall environment of Pakistan ranging from weather to irrigation as well as every day human life. The only way forward to thwart looming water scarcity in the country can be carved […]

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Sunday book bazaar at Frere Hall revived

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KARACHI: A large number of families were enjoying the cool Sunday afternoon, browsing through the books at the bookstalls set up at the Frere Hall, or Bagh-i-Jinnah, where the weekly book bazaar was relaunched. Some people had arrived there in limousines, some in other automobiles and many on their two-wheelers. Earlier, commissioner of Karachi Iftikhar […]

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Urdu critic, writer Dr Saleem Akhtar passes away

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LAHORE: Renowned critic, short story writer and educationist Dr Saleem Akhtar passed away here on Sunday. He was 84. The funeral prayers for him will be offered at 10am in the Kareem Block graveyard, near Jahanzaib Block, Allama Iqbal Town, today (Monday). Dr Akhtar’s death has been widely condoled in the literary circles of Lahore. […]

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Activists seek president’s help to curb rights violations

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KARACHI: The civil society’s memorandum presented to the President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday highlighted the violation of freedom of association, freedom of the press, right to free trial, minorities, women and children’s rights. It proposed to set up a task force comprising senior government officials, experts from the private sector and civil society representatives […]

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2018: A year of media suppression and rights abuses in Pakistan

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“Sneaky”, “sinister” and “Orwellian” are just some of the words Pakistani journalists and human rights defenders used to describe the censorship and growing clampdown on dissent, mainstream and social media in their country over the past year. Although previous Pakistani governments also put pressure on civil society and the media, this year, many Pakistanis working in these […]

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Pakistan’s politics repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce. So, while you may initially be inclined to shed tears over it, a better reaction, I humbly suggest, might be to enjoy the absurdities for what they are. It is the greatest comic show, better than anything you could find on Netflix. And it certainly […]

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A report on reporters-I

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Last year March 27 was undoubtedly a tragic day in Sialkot when Zeeshan Butt, a local journalist working for a Lahore-based newspaper (Nawa-e-Waqt), was on phone. He was talking to the Sialkot District Council Chairperson Hina Arshad Warraich and complaining about death threats hurled on him by a PML-N backed Union Council Chairman Imran Cheema. […]

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‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” wrote Dickens — and that fateful line has ended up summing up so many year-end reviews like this one. “… it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” he had written on. Once again, words that fit so well […]

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Two-day snow festival begins in Malam Jabba

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MINGORA: A two-day Malam Jabba Snow Festival got underway in the scenic valley of Swat district on Saturday. Commissioner Malakand Division Syed Zaheerul Islam inaugurated the festival. Deputy Commissioner Swat Saqib Raza, officials from the civil administration and tourists from across the country were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Syed Zaheerul Islam […]

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State-run TV corruption case: Anchorperson, investigation officer to move SC

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ISLAMABAD: In an interesting turn of events, both the counsel for Dr Shahid Masood and the investigating officer (IO), who was probing the anchorperson in state-run TV corruption case, have strongly criticised the court decision to reject anchorperson’s bail plea. The anchorperson who is accused of causing loss of Rs37 million to national exchequer during […]

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