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Government’s Surveillance Order Challenged in Lahore High Court

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Three petitions have been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the government’s decision to authorize Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to tap phone calls.  The petitions argue that the order infringes upon citizens’ constitutional rights and lacks legal basis. On July 8, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication had formally empowered the ISI to intercept and […]


ISI Empowered to ‘Trace, Intercept’ Calls and Messages in National Security Interest

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The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has formally empowered the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to intercept and trace telecommunications, citing national security needs. According to the notification issued, officers not below the rank of grade 18, as nominated by the ISI, are empowered to intercept and trace calls and messages through any telecommunication system, prioritizing national […]


Pakistan Press Foundation Calls for Thorough and Conclusive Investigation Into Arshad Sharif’s Killing Following Kenyan Court Ruling It As “Unlawful”

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The Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) welcomes the Kenyan High Court’s ruling that declared the killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif as “unlawful” and stresses the importance of a thorough and conclusive investigation into the killing of Sharif, including an investigation into the broader circumstances that led to his murder and reasons for his departure from […]


Kenyan Court Declares Arshad Sharif’s Killing Unlawful, Orders Compensation

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A Kenyan High Court ruling on July 8 declared the killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif unlawful, a violation of his fundamental rights, and ordered the Kenyan government to compensate his widow, Javeria Siddique, with 10 million Kenyan shillings (Rs21.7 million). Sharif, a prominent journalist with a successful career in Pakistan, including hosting popular shows on major […]


SC issuance of show-cause notices to 34 TV channels in contempt case will further restrict the live broadcast of political events

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has expressed concern at the decision of the  Supreme Court of Pakistan to issue show-cause notices to 34 television channels for broadcasting press conferences by Senator Faisal Vawda and Member of the National Assembly Mustafa Kamal. The show-cause notices will further restrict the live broadcast of political events due to the […]


X Hacking and Harassment Targets Journalist Benazir Shah

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On June 23, 2024, Benazir Shah, the editor of ‘Geo Fact Check,’ found her X account, formerly Twitter, compromised following her comments on a blasphemy case. The cyber attack spiraled into severe online harassment instigated by followers of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). Shah endured a distressing invasion of privacy as hackers altered her profile image […]


Supreme Court Issues Fresh Show-Cause Notices to 34 TV Channels Amid Contempt Case; Asked To Submit Earning Details

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The Supreme Court on June 28 reissued show-cause notices to 34 television channels for allegedly airing contemptuous remarks made by lawmakers, emphasizing strict scrutiny of media conduct. The notices were part of an ongoing contempt case against Senator Faisal Vawda and MQM-P MNA Mustafa Kamal, with the court questioning the adequacy of the channels’ explanations. […]


We Need to Turn Discussions into Actions: Peshawar Seminar Calls for Concrete Steps to Protect Journalists

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A seminar on the Effective Use of Pakistan’s Journalists’ Protection Laws was conducted at the Peshawar Press Club on June 13, bringing together diverse stakeholders to address the urgent need for robust media safety laws. Organized by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), the event was attended by politicians, legal experts, police officers, and journalists, all […]


Stakeholders Call for Formation of Media Safety Commission at Seminar in Abbottabad

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A seminar titled “Effective Use of Pakistan’s Journalists’ Protection Laws” was held at the Abbottabad Press Club on June 12, bringing together stakeholders from various sectors to discuss the implementation and challenges associated with media safety laws. Organized by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), the gathering drew a diverse group of stakeholders, including politicians, legal […]


Police Team Formed to Investigate Khalil Jibran’s Murder

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A team was formed on June 21 to investigate the murder of senior journalist Khalil Jibran in the Landi Kotal tehsil. The investigation team is led by District Police Officer Saleem Abbas Kulachi and includes Superintendent of Police (Counter-Terrorism Department) Shaukat Khan, SP (Investigation) Roohul Amin Khan, Inspector Abid Afridi, and Sub-Inspector Sultan Raza Khan. […]


PPF alarmed by the brutal murder of journalist Khalil Jibran in KP’s Khyber district; urges a swift and effective investigation

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by the brutal murder of journalist Khalil Jibran on June 18 in the Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Khyber district. Jibran’s targeted murder, in light of threats previously issued to the journalist, is of grave concern. PPF urges the relevant authorities to ensure that the targeted killing […]


Punjab Information Minister Assures Journalists that New Defamation Legislation Won’t Impact their Work

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On June 13, Punjab Information Minister Azma Bukhari assured journalists that the newly introduced defamation law would not impact their work. She clarified that the legislation is aimed at social media influencers who spread misinformation for financial gain. Bukhari also announced the allocation of a one billion rupees budget for healthcare of the journalists’ community. […]


Anchorperson Imran Riaz Khan Released After Court in Lahore Dismissing New Charges

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On June 14, anchorperson Imran Riaz Khan was released after a Lahore court discharged him in a new case. The court dismissed the latest charges against him due to lack of evidence, leading to his release by the Lahore police. The anchorperson was arrested on June 11 from the Allama Iqbal International Airport as he […]


Kashmiri Poet Ahmed Farhad Released After AJK High Court Grants Bail

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The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) High Court on June 13 granted bail to poet and journalist Ahmed Farhad, leading to his release from custody on June 14.  Farhad had disappeared from his Islamabad residence on May 15 and reappeared near the AJK-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa border on May 29 when the Islamabad High Court (IHC) heard […]