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Concern over curbs on media freedom

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ISLAMABAD: The stakeholders of the media industry on Tuesday expressed grave concern over growing incidents of unlawful and unconstitutional acts to curb press freedom and restrict free flow of information in the country. At a meeting they discussed pressure tactics against media houses, press and media advices, uncalled-for censorship and threats to journalists and media […]


Facebook blocks JI’s pages ahead of Kashmir March

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KARACHI: Facebook — one of the world’s largest social media platforms — on Monday blocked Jamaat-i-Islami’s (JI) official and other pages related to the party’s information dissemination, days ahead of its Kashmir March scheduled for Dec 22 in Islamabad, stated a JI spokesman. The JI spokesman stated that the Facebook administration without any prior notice […]


Journalists speak of media freedom at Urdu conference

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KARACHI: Whatever freedom the media enjoys today in the country was actually snatched by the media. Since independence, around 150 laws were enacted in various regimes to control journalism in Pakistan. Even today there are a total of 44 laws that are used to control the media in the country. Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas said […]


PTI fumes over removal of Kashmiris WhatsApp accounts

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MIRPUR (AJK) -The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Azad Jammu Kashmir strongly condemned Facebook administration decision to suspend the accounts on messaging service WhatsApp used by the besieged Kashmiri people in Indian-held Jammu Kashmir. While condemning the action, Ershad Mahmud, the party’s Secretary Information, said in a press statement issued on Friday that the step has completely compromised the […]


Pakistani-American journalist to moderate US presidential debate

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WASHINGTON: A Pak­istani-American, Amna Nawaz, has created history by becoming the first South Asian American journalist selected to moderate a US presidential debate. Amna Nawaz of PBS News Hour will co-moderate the sixth Democratic primary debate on Dec 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff will lead the […]


Media should protect interests of state: Firdous

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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Thursday that freedom of expression was a constitutional right of all citizens. But at the same time, she said the media should also understand its responsibility and protect interests of the state. “The responsible role of media should be promoted […]


On internet freedom

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With the passage of time, cyberspace has become prominent for human rights like freedom of speech and expression. The diverse battleground over what is right and wrong politically, socially and culturally is increasingly shifting into the cloud. But beyond that, unfortunately, the quest for genuine persuasion, activism and engagement is made for difficult amid the […]


PTA to raise issue of Twitter account’s blocking

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will raise the issue of blocking of Twitter accounts again with the Twitter administration as it continues to suspend accounts from Pakistan. According to Spokesperson PTA Khurram Ali Mehran, Twitter has recently suspended accounts of a number of Twitter users from Pakistan without any warning and on unsubstantiated grounds. The PTA […]


International rights groups protest siege of Dawn offices

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KARACHI: As journalist rights groups across the world on Wednesday condemned “harassment and intimidation” of Dawn media group and its staff, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) demanded that Prime Minister Imran Khan issue an unequivocal condemnation of the siege of Dawn offices by an angry crowd on completely spurious grounds. Apart from the RSF, the International […]


Attack on Dawn News Office by Unknown Group of people.

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Around 30 to 35 unidentified people on 2 Dec 2019 staged a protest outside Dawn News office in Islamabad over publication of a news report regarding the ethnicity of the London bridge attacker. Holding banners, chanting slogans against the newspaper, standing outside the office from 3:30 PM and making the staffers hostages, they demand for […]


Bilawal visits Dawn offices, condemns besieging of staffers

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday visited Dawn offices in Islamabad to express solidarity with its staffers who remained “under siege” of a mob on Monday. A few dozen unidentified people staged a protest outside the Dawn offices over publication of a news report regarding the ethnicity of the London Bridge attacker who stabbed two persons to […]


Murder trial of TV anchor, partner to be held in prison

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KARACHI: A sessions’ court on Monday one again deferred indictment in a case pertaining to the murder of TV anchor Mureed Abbas after the jail authorities said that the Sindh government had notified the matter for trial inside the prison. Police had booked and detained an alleged prime suspect, Atif Zaman, for killing his two […]


The unpaid journalist

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Dear All, Out of all the many exciting things I could write about this week, I have, for various reasons, chosen to write about the media environment in Pakistan and how journalists seem to be bearing the brunt of the crisis of indirect censorship. Today, we do not have the clarity of the sort of […]


PTA strongly reacts to report on internet freedom

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has strongly protested with Freedom House, a US-based organisation, while terming its report on Pakistan regarding internet freedom heavily biased and one-sided. The PTA through a letter conveyed its concerns to the Freedom House and advised the organisation to suitably amend the report, and in future review the findings of the […]