Monthly Archives: February 2020

KLF celebrates heroic lives of Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto, Asma Jahangir

Speakers at a session on Friday on the first day of the 11th Karachi Literature Festival agreed that a common achievement of Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto and Asma Jahangir was their struggle against the military dictatorship of their eras. They said progress and prosperity of every society required that women fully participated in different walks […]


APNS general council meeting on March 14

The Annual General Council Meeting of the APNS will be held on March 14, 2020 at Karachi. Sarmad Ali, Secretary General of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society announced the decisions of the Executive Committee meeting held at Islamabad chaired by its President, Hameed Haroon. He stated that the Executive Committee decided to hold its Annual […]


Facebook, Twitter, Google may suspend services in Pakistan after new social media rules

The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) which includes global digital media behemoths has denounced the new social media rules introduced by the Pakistan government. The AIC – which consists of Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Twitter and others ­­- has threatened to suspend services in the country if the laws are not revised. In a cutting letter […]


Synergy Dentsu wins two APNS awards

Islamabad: Synergy Group, an affiliate of Dentsu Aegis Network, is a leading integrated marketing communications group having achieved a series of awards and accolades during its 20 years of operation. The group has extended its winning streak with two more awards at the 24th All Pakistan Newspapers Society Awards.The President of Pakistan, His Excellency Dr. […]


Social media rules against law, Constitution: panel

ISLAMABAD: A Senate panel on Friday said the proposed social media rules are against the Constitution as well as the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (Peca) and are prepared without taking input from the relevant parliamentary committee. The Senate Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation made this observation while reviewing the proposed Citizens Protection (Against […]


IT ministry forms panel to review social media rules

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ISLAMABAD: While uproar against the new rules to regulate social media continues from various segments of society, including parliamentarians, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and civil society, the information technology ministry on Friday formed a committee to review the rules. The federal cabinet approved the rules on Feb 11, but later after opposition […]


SHC seeks govt comments on challenge to denying ads to Dawn

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday issued notices to the secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Press Information Department (PID) on a petition challenging the withholding of advertisements by the federal government from daily Dawn. The SHC bench comprising Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Yousuf Ali Sayeed also […]


Playwright Khalilur Rehman Qamar joins hands with Geo

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KARACHI: Good news for TV viewers! Pakistan’s leading playwright, script writer, actor, poet and director Khalilur Rehman Qamar has joined hands with Pakistan’s most popular entertainment channel, Geo TV. This year, Qamar is all set to exclusively write four TV plays plus a feature film for the channel. The first project in the series, God […]


APNS names winners of awards in journalists, business category

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ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has announced the names of the recipients of its annual awards which include five winners from Dawn. Those Dawn writers who clinched the awards are Khurram Husain (Best Column); Ziad Zafar (Best Investigation); Zofeen T. Ebrahim (Best Business/ Economic Report); Syed Mutaza Ali (Best Photograph) and Mohammad Zahoor […]


Plea against Aurat March: Freedom of expression can’t be curbed: CJ

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh on Thursday observed that restrictions could not be put on freedom of expression in any vague manner. He was hearing a plea challenging the upcoming “Aurat March” filed by Judicial Activism Panel’s chairman Advocate Azhar Siddique. Senior lawyer and rights activist Hina Jillani made her appearance […]


‘Pemra’s regional GM reported anchor’s highhandedness in his letter to chairman’

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ISLAMABAD: The Pemra’s clarification is in negation of the incident report signed by Regional General Manager Lahore Ikram Barkat that he also submitted on February 14, 2002 to Pemra chairman who was also insulted by the anchor during WhatsApp call. It’s file number is 14 (02)/RO-LHR/97/34192. This correspondent can provide in case Pemra Headquarter has buried it somewhere in order to hush up the matter. The incident as narrated in the incident report belies official clarification which has termed it “an outcome of misunderstanding.” A few excerpts from the incident report submitted by Pemra Lahore office merits mention to belie the impression created in Pemra’s clarification. The incident report reads: “It is to inform that on 13.02.2002 at around 3pm the undersigned (Ikram Barkat) was sitting in office with a guest when a well-known journalist/anchor along with two persons in civil dress and three armed persons in police uniform entered Pemra Regional Office Lahore. The journalist/anchor and his companions came on white Toyota Corolla bearing green number plate ‘LEG-123’. He entered office while shouting and directing his companions to seal the premises and close the doors of office and that no one should be allowed to enter or exit from office (koi na bhagay yahan say, gate band kar do, DVR qabzay mein lay lo, seal kar do etc.). He further shouted ‘where DVR or CCTV cameras installed in the office is.’ He quickly approached RGM Office, then moved to conference room and instructed his men to confiscate the DVR of CCTV cameras. Few Pemra officials, being panic of the situation tried to stop the people accompanied by the journalist/anchor. The police officials tried to manhandle the Pemra’s officials as well. However, after hearing the shouting, the undersigned immediately came out of my office […]


Pemra clarifies news item

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Thursday clarified a news item published by a section of media regarding threats and detention of its staff in Lahore by an anchor person of a private news channel. Pemra is a public office organisation which deals with general public and stakeholders on daily basis, said […]


GNI identifies risks to privacy, freedom of expression in social media rules

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KARACHI: Concerned about the broad scope of the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020, approved by the Pakistan government, the Global Network Initiative (GNI) has identified aspects of the rules that create significant risks to privacy and freedom of expression. The GNI is a multi-stakeholder organisation composed of leading information and communication technology (ICT) […]


Two media groups: APNS condemns government ‘ban’ on advertisements

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The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) strongly flayed the continued “ban” on the advertisements of the federal as well as the Punjab and KPK governments on the Dawn Group and Jang Group and termed this a contravention of freedom of press. “The Executive Committee of the APNS at its meeting held on February 27, 2020 […]