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PTA blocks Wikipedia over blasphemous content

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked Wikipedia services in Pakistan on Friday after their refusal to withdraw blasphemous content. Earlier, the Authority had degraded its services in the country. When this reporter contacted PTA spokesperson late on Friday night and inquired about blocking of Wikipedia, she confirmed that “yes” it had been blocked. On the instruction of the […]


‘Hate speech’ case against TV anchor discharged

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LAHORE: A judicial magistrate on Friday discharged a case of “hate speech” registered against TV anchor Imran Riaz Khan by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and ordered his immediate release. The FIA produced the BOL News anchor before Magistrate Ghulam Murtaza Virk to seek his physical remand. Advocate Mian Ali Ashfaq, on behalf of the […]


Arshad Sharif Murder: JIT Members return Pakistan after inquiry

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ISLAMABAD: The special Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe the murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif on Thursday has returned to Pakistan after completing its inquiry in Kenya and UAE, ARY News reported. Senior journalist and former ARY News anchor was killed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on October 23 where he was living […]


Wikipedia ‘downgrade’

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ATTEMPTS to police the internet by states, often by giving opaque justifications for the action, are never a good idea. It should be recalled that this nation was deprived of YouTube in 2012 for three years after a crude anti-Islam film was uploaded on the platform. The video-sharing giant has also been blocked briefly more […]


Anchorperson Imran Riaz Khan ‘arrested’ from Lahore airport

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Anchorperson Imran Riaz Khan has been arrested by the Federal investigation Agency (FIA) for his controversial statements, sources told Geo News. FIA officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the anchorperson was arrested from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport as he was leaving for the United Arab Emirates. The sources said that Riaz will be […]


Live screening of Pakistan’s UPR session

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Islamabad: Member states of United Nations Human Rights Council recommended Pakistan to strengthen human rights intuitions, protect the rights of vulnerable groups, abolish capital punishment, sign the international convention on enforced disappearance and investigates all reports of intimidation and violence against journalists and human rights defenders. The recommendations were made in the Pakistan’s Universal Periodic […]


Pakistan warns of blocking Wikipedia over non-removal of ‘sacrilegious content’

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday “degraded” the services of the expansive online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, in the country claiming that the censorship was on “account of not blocking/removing sacrilegious contents”, and warned of blocking the site if it fails to comply with the directions. In a statement, the telecommunication authority said that it had approached […]


Islamabad High Court (IHC) issues notices in journalists’ legislation case

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued notices to respondents in a case regarding legislation for the protection of journalists’ rights. Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the cases filed by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and Islamabad High Court Journalists Association (IHCJA). At the outset of […]


No Legal Proceedings In Most Cases Of Journalist’ Harassment In Pakistan

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“I was threatened on August 25, 2021 after publishing the story of harassment of female students by a professor at the University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir.”, said Faiza Gilani, reporter of Country News from Muzaffarabad. Gillani added that she reported the incident to a nearby police station, but due to family pressure she stepped […]


Marriyum condemns Sheikh Rashid’s misbehavior with journalist

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Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday condemned Sheikh Rashid Ahmed s misbehaviour with a reporter of a private news channel during his media talk earlier in the day. Marriyum Aurangzeb, in a news statement, said the persons like Sheikh Rashid restored to attack journalists when they had no answer to a question […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) plans sit-in near parliament on 30th

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has chal­k­­ed out a plan to hold nat­i­o­n­­wide demonstrations, as well as a sit-in opposite Parliament House in Isla­mabad, in protest against the federal government’s anti-media measures. Afzal Butt, the PFUJ president, and secretary General Arshad Ansari said in a statement on Tuesday the campaign would begin […]


Four Pakistani journalists killed in 2022: CPNE report

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KARACHI – January 22, 2023: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has issued the “Pakistan Press Freedom Report 2022”. According to the report, freedom of media in Pakistan faced exacerbating scenarios of jeopardy in 2022 whereas freedom of speech was continuously suppressed and sabotaged. According to CPNE’s “Pakistan Media Freedom Report 2022”, four media […]


42 journalists killed in Pakistan in past 4 years, Senate told

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Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi informed the Senate on Friday that 42 journalists were killed in the country over the past four years. Data from the information ministry, available with Dawn.com, showed that 15 of the journalists hailed from Punjab, 11 from Sindh, 13 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and three from Balochistan. The deaths […]


Bajwa data leak: Islamabad court grants bail to journalist Shahid Aslam

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An Islamabad sessions court on Wednesday granted bail to Bol News journalist Shahid Aslam, who was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from Lahore last week for his alleged part in leaking personal tax data of former army chief General (retired) Qamar Javed Bajwa. In November, a report published by investigative news website FactFocus […]


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