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CJA welcomes experts’ report on safe refuge for journalists at risk

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KARACHI: The Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) has welcomed the report of the Independent High-Level Panel of Legal Experts (IHLPLE) on media freedom published on Monday and urged the Commonwealth governments to implement its recommendations to provide safe refuge to journalists at risk. Endorsing the report, CJA president Mahendra Ved said: “This is a timely report […]


IOJK journalist nominated for RSF Press Freedom Awards

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RAWALPINDI: A journalist from Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) has been nominated for the 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have issued a list of 12 journalists and media outlets from 12 countries who have been nominated for the awards, to be awarded in Taipei on December 8, says an RSF […]


16 journalists move to IHC to demand freedom of expression for Nawaz Sharif

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In an unprecedented move, as many as sixteen prominent journalists have reportedly filed a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) to allow airing the speeches and interviews of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the country. They include Najam Sethi, Ziauddin, Nasim Zehra, Asma Sherazi, Gharida Faruqi, Munazie Jehangir, Saleem Safi, Mansoor Ali Khan and […]


PEMRA ban on airing Nawaz speeches challenged in court

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ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and 15 renowned journalists, anchorpersons and media analysts have filed a petition before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra)’s prohibition order to all TV news channels banning the broadcast of speeches, interviews and public addresses by proclaimed offenders and absconders. […]


LHC terms FIR against journalist unnecessary

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ISLAMABAD: The Lahore High Court’s (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on Tuesday termed the First Information Report (FIR) registered against journalist Asad Ali Toor infructuous. Mr Toor was represented by Advocate retired Col Inamur Rahim and Imaan Zainab Hazir-Mazari before Justice Sadiq Mahmud Khurram. Besides, prominent lawyers Umar Gillani, Imtiaz Haider and Sikandar Naeem Qazi being part […]


Jang group editor released from jail

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LAHORE: Editor-in-Chief of Jang Group Mir Shakilur Rehman was released from the jail on Wednesday as he furnished a bond of Rs10 million along with two sureties with an accountability court in light of the bail granting order by the Supreme Court. The SC had allowed post-arrest bail to Rehman two days ago in a […]


Journalist Protection Bill finalized, says Shibli Faraz

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Tuesday said the Journalist Protection Bill had been finalized by the Ministry of Information and Human Rights Division. In a tweet, he said it would soon be submitted to Parliament for approval. “Protecting the rights of journalists and workers is our number one priority,” he […]


Jang Group chief asked to furnish Rs10m bond, surrender passport

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued the bail granting order for Editor-in-Chief of Jang Group of Newspapers Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman in a 34-year-old plots reference with certain conditions. A three-page order authored by Justice Mushir Alam, who headed the SC bench which heard Mr Rehman’s post-arrest bail application, directed him to furnish a bond of […]


SC grants bail to Jang Group chief in NAB reference

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ISLAMABAD: The Sup­reme Court on Monday granted bail to Editor-in-Chief of Jang Group of Newspapers Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, who has been in captivity for around eight months, in a reference filed by the National Account­ability Bureau (NAB) about a 34-year-old matter of land purchase. Headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice […]


Why journalists have impression of being harassed: IHC

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC), while maintaining its order for not harassing ‘The News’ reporter Fakhar Durrani, Thursday served notices to the federal government and others and sought their replies. During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah observed that allegedly some people are misusing the Pakistan Electronic Crime Act. “If even there is […]


31 newspapers removed from media list in KP for not fulfilling criteria

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PESHAWAR: The provincial information department has removed 31 provincial, regional and local newspapers from the media list for not fulfilling the criteria under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Advertisement Policy 2018, according to officials.   After removal from the media list, they said, the government advertisements would not be issued to such newspapers. These newspapers so far […]


International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalist 2020

2020 presents a grim picture for press freedom in Pakistan – Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) 2020 presents a grim picture for press freedom in Pakistan with multiple attempts to silence the voices of the media in the print, broadcast and online spheres. The media in Pakistan continues to work under an environment of fear and significant constraints […]


Progressive Panel sweeps KUJ polls

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KARACHI: Progressive Panel on Saturday swept the 2020-21 elections of Karachi Union of Journalists (Barna Group).   Nizamuddin Siddiqui from Dawn was elected as KUJ president, while Faheem Siddiqui from Geo TV was already elected unopposed as general secretary.   According to the results announced by Chairman of the Election Committee Ibne Hassan, Aijaz Shaikh […]


One third of journalists facing legal cases at risk of being charged under ATA: report

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ISLAMABAD: One third of the journalists facing legal cases filed mainly by the Pakistani state are at risk of being charged under the Anti-Terrorism Law, a research study has found.   Print media practitioners are twice as likely to be the target of legal action that television media practitioners, and Sindh is the most dangerous […]