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European Union (EU) concerned over state of freedom of press in Pakistan

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The European Union (EU) has expressed deep concern over the lack of freedom of the press and violence against journalists in Pakistan. The EU said it is concerned about the frequently reported cases of violence, intimidation, abduction, and killing of journalists in Pakistan. Over the past couple of years, restrictions on media in Pakistan have […]


Freedom of press termed essential for democracy

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KARACHI: To mark World Press Freedom Day (May 3) and to launch a policy paper on the Draft for Protection of Journalist and Media Professionals Bill, 2020, an event was held by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) at the Karachi Press Club on Monday evening. Ghazala […]


Joint efforts for freedom of press stressed

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LAHORE: Speakers at a national webinar on press freedom have called upon the need to create unity among journalist organisations to fight war against unnecessary restrictions on media observing that media freedom in Pakistan is associated with independence of democracy and judiciary. Punjab University School of Communication Studies (SCS) organised the webinar which was attended […]


A New Year’s night murder

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It was a little past midnight on Jan 1, 2014. In the town of Badah, Larkana district, journalist Shan Dahar was standing outside a small medical store located in a narrow lane. He had been working on an investigative story about free medicines supplied by an NGO for poor patients being illegally sold to local […]


‫2020-2021 کے دوران پاکستانی ذرائع ابلاغ کے مواد پر بڑھتی ہوئی اظہار رائے کی پابندیوں کا نشانہ بنے

جنوری 2020 سے اپریل 2021 کے عرصہ میں پاکستانیوں کو ذرائع ابلاغ کے مواد پر بڑھتی ہوئی اظہار رائے کی پابندیوں کا نشانہ بنایا گیا اس طرح ملک میں آزادانہ اظہار رائے کے ماحول کو محدود کردیا گیا۔ پاکستان پریس فاؤنڈیشن (پی پی ایف) کی طرف سے جاری کردہ پاکستان پریس فریڈم رپورٹ 2020-2021 کے […]


US expresses concern over Pakistan media restrictions

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WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed concern over “significant restrictions” on media outlets and on the civil society in Pakistan. “Media and content restrictions as well as a lack of accountability for attacks, disappearances against journalists clearly are a threat to the ability to exercise the right to freedom of expression and […]


Muzzling the media

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WITH World Press Freedom Day around the corner, we are offered with, if nothing else, a delicious excuse to delve into the recent past and make some sort of an assessment, however vague, of where we truly stand — are the gatekeepers of our information free and independent and pluralistic, or are they controlled and […]


Electronic media editors reject Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) curbs

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ISLAMABAD: The electronic media regulator has advised satellite television channels not to report on government meetings under progress, but the stakeholders expressed concern over the directive. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) said news channels should exercise caution while reporting on decisions taken at cabinet meetings and rely […]


‘Sindh journalist’s protection bill to be tabled soon’

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KARACHI: A Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) delegation called on Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday, says a handout. President KUJ Nizamuddin Siddiqui, general secretary Fahim Siddiqui and other KUJ office-bearers participated while the provincial minister was assisted by secretary information Rafiq Ahmed Buriro and others. The meeting discussed […]


Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) calls for a judicial inquiry into the armed attack on Absar Alam former chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and former editor of Daily Nation, Islamabad.

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed and concerned at the murder attempt on Absar Alam and strongly supports calls for a judicial inquiry into the attack so that the motives and identities of the perpetrators behind the attack are uncovered. Alam, who is the former chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and former […]


My son not behind Pearl’s killing, says Saeed Sheikh

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LONDON: Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh’s father has claimed his son was not responsible for the tragic killing of the American journalist, Daniel Pearl but has been denied justice for nearly two decades. He says his son remains in a limbo despite the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s decision clearing him of all charges. Speaking to this […]


Pakistan ranks 145th in Press Freedom Index

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ISLAMABAD/ PARIS: The annual report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday that journalism was at least partly blocked in nearly three-quarters of the 180 countries surveyed. Its World Press Freedom Index found 73 countries “totally blocked or seriously impeded” journalism, while it was “constrained” in 59 others, adding that many governments had used the […]


Info secretary, senior journalists discuss Journalists Protection Bill draft

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KARACHI   –  Sindh Information Secretary Rafiq Ahmed Buriro said on Tuesday that every step was being taken to improve laws related to welfare of media, particularly journalists, with a view to provide conducive atmosphere for their sustained growth.   This he said while holding a meeting of senior journalists to discuss draft of Journalists Protection Bill […]


SC misread evidence in Daniel Pearl’s case, say parents

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ISLAMABAD   – The parents of Daniel Pearl, Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) Bureau Chief for South Asia, Friday submitted that the Supreme Court majority judgment suffers from a misreading and non-reading of the evidence on the record and misapplication of the law. Ruth and Judea, parents of Daniel Pearl, stated this in a review petition filed […]