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Quetta Press Club Sealed Shut to Block BYC Seminar, Journalists Vow Nationwide Protests

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Police and local administration officials sealed shut the gates of the Quetta Press Club on May 18 in a move raising concerns about press freedom. The closure was reportedly an attempt to prevent the Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) from holding a seminar at the venue. BYC members arrived at the press club only to find it inaccessible. […]


PPF alarmed by PML-N led governments’ push to regulate free expression in digital spaces; wary of misuse to target media professionals

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In the past few weeks, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government at the helm of the federal government and in the Punjab province has demonstrated its lack of regard for the need to protect free expression online, presenting and approving different bills that increase the regulation of free speech online. Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is concerned […]


Supreme Court of Pakistan Orders Better Investigation into Journalist Abductions

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On May 13, the Supreme Court of Pakistan expressed dissatisfaction with the police investigation into the abduction and harassment cases of three journalists, Matiullah Jan, Asad Toor, and Absar Alam. The court ordered the Islamabad police to appoint “competent officers” to conduct a thorough re-investigation. A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa […]


AJK Protests: Internet and Cellular Services Disrupted, ARY News Journalist Injured

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Protests over high wheat and electricity prices have caused significant disruption in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) since May 11, leading to the suspension of internet and cellular services in various regions. Amid the turmoil, ARY News journalist Sardar Ayaz was injured while covering the events. Organized by the Awami Joint Action Committee (JAC), the demonstrations demanded lower electricity […]


Bogus Petitioners: Supreme Court Probes Misrepresentation in Media Freedom Regulation Case from 2022

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In a Supreme Court session on May 13, revelations emerged that three out of six litigants, initially part of a 2022 petition aiming to regulate media freedom, declared they never consented to the case. The disclosure came during a hearing by a three-judge bench led by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa. The […]


Journalists Experiencing Assaults, Censorship, and Financial Pressure: journalists’ associations

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On May 3, journalists’ associations in Pakistan expressed concerns over the country’s deteriorating state of media freedom. The Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND) and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) issued statements shedding light on the myriad challenges faced by journalists in Pakistan. AEMEND condemned the increase in attacks on journalists, with many losing […]


New Cyber Crime Agency Established to Tackle Online Crimes and Regulate Social Media

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The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication announced the establishment of the National Cyber Crime Investigation Agency (NCCIA) in a notification dated April 24. This new body is set to replace the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cybercrime Wing, which has now ceased its cybercrime functions. The announcement followed remarks by Information Minister Attaullah Tarar, who expressed the government’s commitment to “safeguard the […]


Pakistan’s Press Freedom Ranking Declines Two Points in Latest RSF Index

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Pakistan has descended two places in the 2024 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on May 3. The country now stands at 152 out of 180 nations, marking a decline from its position at 150 in the previous year’s index. The RSF report highlights that the political indicator, one of the five metrics used to compile its rankings, saw […]


Legal action, arrests, continued attacks, internet closures and regulation — A hindered and restricted media cover an election year in Pakistan

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Press Freedom and Media Safety in Pakistan   World Press Freedom Day 2024 Over the past year, as its role became increasingly important in a year of key political developments, the media in Pakistan experienced a clampdown with efforts to stifle free speech at all levels and the impact of previous restrictions and reprisal bearing fruit […]


Pakistan Press Foundation Is Alarmed Over Threats to Journalists – Sherbaz Muneer and Zaffar Mughal – in Azad Jammu and Kashmir

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is concerned by threats issued to Roznama Adalat Akhbar’s editor Sherbaz Muneer and journalist Zafar Mughal in Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. We urge relevant authorities to ensure that journalists are able to safely do their work without fear of consequences.  According to Mughal, threats follow a news story published in Daily Adalat […]


Mobile, Internet Services Temporarily Suspended in Punjab and Balochistan During By-Elections

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The federal government, in a bid to uphold the integrity and security of the electoral process, has announced the temporary suspension of cellular services in specific districts of Punjab and Balochistan during the by-elections scheduled for April 21 and 22. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) revealed in a statement issued on April 20 that, upon directives from […]


Journalist Murtaza Ali Shah Faces Threats from India Over Khalistan Coverage

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Murtaza Ali Shah, a reporter for Geo News and The News London, is facing life-threatening intimidation from the Indian state due to his extensive coverage of Khalistan issues, according to the Sikh Federation UK. Dabinderjit Singh, leader of the pro-Khalistan British Sikh organisation, went public with this information during an interview with the Sikh Channel Akaal TV. The Sikh Federation […]


Supreme Court Takes Strong Stance on Misinformation, Media Regulation, and Journalist Harassment

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A three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, comprising Justice Musarrat Hilali and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan, addressed critical issues related to media freedom, the spread of misinformation, and the harassment of journalists on April 2. The bench had taken up the Press As­­sociation of the Supreme […]


PPF welcomes Asad Ali Toor’s release on bail; urges authorities to safeguard the rights of journalists instead of harassing them

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) welcomes journalist and YouTuber Asad Ali Toor’s release from jail after his bail was approved on March 16. We urge authorities to safeguard the rights of journalists protected under the law instead of harassing them through the issuance of notices, arrests, and investigations. Toor’s arrest on the grounds of an investigation […]