Daily Archives: February 28, 2020

Playwright Khalilur Rehman Qamar joins hands with Geo

Pakistan Press Foundation

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

Pakistan Press Foundation

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

Pakistan Press Foundation

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’

Pakistan Press Foundation

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

Pakistan Press Foundation

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

Pakistan Press Foundation

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

Pakistan Press Foundation

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 […]


Dawn challenges withholding of ads by federal govt in SHC

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: The Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt) Limited on Thursday filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) challenging the withholding of advertisements by the federal government from daily Dawn. The petition filed by Advocate Muneer A. Malik on behalf of the PHPL and Hameed Haroon, the CEO of the PHPL, names as respondents the […]


CPNE seeks separate laws for safety of journalists, media freedom

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: The president of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Arif Nizami, has asked the federal government to have separate legislations for the protection of media persons and media freedom in Pakistan. He said the draft bill, which was approved by the federal cabinet two days ago, is actually a junk and mixture of […]