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Journalist detained at KU for an hour

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The Express Tribune’s Fawad Hasan was allegedly detained by security officials at the University of Karachi on Monday and then released after an hour. Fawad was at a condolence reference organised by the Karachi University Teachers Society in memory of the varsity’s former associate professor Dr Hasan Zafar Arif at the institution’s Department of International […]


Press freedom: myth and reality

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In a meeting between the minister of state for information, Marriyum Aurangzeb, and representatives of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), the minister once again reiterated the belief of the present government in the fundamental and constitutional right of freedom of expression. Aurangzeb assured the APNS delegation that the PML-N government would continue to facilitate […]


CPJ seeks restoration of Radio Mashaal

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WASHINGTON: An international media advocacy group, the Committee to Protect Journalists urged Pakistan on Saturday to immediately reverse the order to close the Islamabad bureau of the US-funded Radio Mashaal. Mashaal is the Pashto-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), which is funded by the US Congress. CPJ said the interior ministry issued an […]


PML-N to facilitate responsible, free media says Marriyum

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ISLAMABAD: The Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said the present democratic government of PML-N firmly believes in fundamental and constitutional right of freedom of expression and would continue to facilitate the growth of free and responsible media in the country. She was talking to a delegation of […]


FIR registered over journalist’s kidnap attempt

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ISLAMABAD: Police have registered a criminal case against unidentified persons over the attempted kidnapping attempt of journalist Taha Siddiqui. The FIR includes charges under the Pakistan Penal Code’s Sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment […]


Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui escapes kidnap attempt

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Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui managed to evade an abduction attempt in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, by armed men in two cars, who intercepted him as he was on his way to airport in the morning on January 10.   According to Siddiqui who reports for France 24, New York Times, The Guardian and other international publications,  armed men stopped and […]


Journalist escapes abduction attempt

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ISLAMABAD: A journalist narrowly escaped an abduction attempt in broad daylight on the busy Islamabad Expressway, but local police have not yet registered an FIR. Taha Siddiqui, 33, who works for several international media outlets, was on his way to the airport on Wednesday morning when the cab carrying him was intercepted by armed men […]


Bring him home

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The five bloggers and activists that were abducted (and later released) at the beginning of 2017 will end the year with at least the vindication that an FIA investigation into their activities yielded no evidence that they were involved in any way with the charge of blasphemy. Since December 2, a young activist named Raza […]


Peshawar based journalist received threats on his reporting

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Pakistan: Hassan Farhan Tariq, crime reporter, in the Peshawar Bureau of Dawn News television channel has been receiving threatening calls from unknown numbers since December 13, 2017. Callers told him that some of his news stories were against the national interest. Tariq was warned by the caller if he will not stop such reporting, he […]


Govt told to implement anti-blasphemy measures online

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given the federal government a week to implement its order in a case related to the uploading of sacrilegious content on social media. IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui warned on Friday that in case of non-compliance, the prime minister and other cabinet ministers could be summoned at the […]


Plea against Pemra chief: LHC again issues notices to Fed Govt, Pemra

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LAHORE: Justice Ayesha A. Malik of the Lahore High Court again issued notices Tuesday on a petition seeking action against Pemra Chairman Absar Alam for suspending transmission of all private news channels unlawfully during a police operation against participants of Islamabad sit-in. The judge earlier had sought replies from the federal government and Pemra on […]


Reporting restrictions

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IN the interest of justice, there are times when restraint is prudent and desirable. The Supreme Court bench hearing the Hudaibya Paper Mills reference has quite reasonably barred TV talk shows from discussing the case and ordered Pemra to ensure that its directives are implemented. Pemra in turn has issued instructions to television channels to […]


Hudaibiya case: media asked to do factual reporting

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Supreme Court Monday asked media for factual reporting on the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. It issued directives to Pemra to ensure that no broadcast is allowed to discuss merits and demerits of the case in talk shows. A three-member bench led by Justice Mushir Alam passed the order while hearing an appeal of National Accountability […]


Freedom of expression must be protected in Pakistan: HRCP

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The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is worried by the rapidly eroding space for freedom of expression in the country. HRCP arranged a panel discussion titled, “Why is our freedom of expression being curbed?”. HRCP chairperson Dr. Mehdi Hassan said that Article 19 of the constitution of Pakistan even provides freedom to express but with six conditions. “This is the role of political parties to work so everyone especially journalists could […]