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PPF condemns widespread acts of violence against media during PTI long march

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) condemns the acts of violence against members of the media during a long march by the political party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on May 25. It is unacceptable for journalists to be made the target of violence during any kind of political demonstrations or activity. The media is tasked with reporting on and […]


PPF alarmed by registration of cases against four journalists

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is concerned at the registration of cases against four journalists — Sami Ibrahim, Arshad Sharif, Imran Riaz Khan and Sabir Shakir. These cases registered on sedition and defamation charges are a concerning attempt to police members of the media and restrict their ability to report freely. We urge the relevant authorities […]


How space for press freedom has been restricted

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KARACHI: Legislative measures, physical attacks, online threats and trolling, government-led labelling — in the past year, the media in Pakistan worked under an increasingly restrictive environment online and continued to face physical attacks. During 2021-22, an already restricted and under press has been further repressed through legal means, fear tactics and rhetoric that undermines their […]


Pakistan drops further on World Press Freedom Index

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Pakistan has dropped further on the list of countries in terms of protection of journalists in a report by Reporters without Borders (RSF) released on the World Press Freedom Day. According to the RSF report, Pakistan has fallen by 12 places to 157 out of 180 countries. Last year, Pakistan was ranked 145 on the […]


Press under siege

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Today, on World Press Freedom Day, it is important to remind state, government and political parties that the concept of a free press is essential to the functioning of any democracy. This becomes all the more important in a country where freedom of the media has existed more in the abstract than in reality, particularly […]


World Press Freedom Day today: PFUJ to continue fight for freedom of expression

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ISLAMABAD: On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed its strong resolve for ensuring freedom of press and expression in the country which remained on sharp decline during the previous regime. PFUJ urged the incumbent government to focus on protection of freedom of speech and expression as no […]


Dawn News anchor Adil Shahzeb receives death threats

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ISLAMABAD—several prominent journalists have expressed extreme anger and outrage over the harassment of DawnNews TV anchor Adil Shahzeb by higher-ups of the former PTI government led by Imran Khan. Shahzeb, who hosts a popular prime-time talk show ‘Live with Adil Shahzeb on DawnNews, disclosed on Twitter that he is receiving death threats on social media. […]


PTI workers thrash TV reporter in Lahore

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LAHORE: A group of Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) workers on Thursday thrashed a reporter of a local TV channel when he was covering the public gathering of the party at Minar-i-Pakistan. A group of the PTI workers turned offensive on seeing young reporter Khawar Mughal when he appeared with the logo of 92 TV channel at […]


PTI supporters abuse and harass journalists

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KARACHI—several journalists, including women reporters, were harassed by PTI supporters during Imran Khan’s rally Saturday at Bagh-e-Jinnah. Zam Zam Saeed, a female reporter with Samaa TV, uploaded footage of the incident on her Twitter account. According to her, PTI workers abused the TV crew and used sticks and stones. Other journalists, including three women journalists, […]


Torture on colleagues: Photojournalist body announces boycott from PTI activities

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Photojournalists Association, Peshawar, on Thursday announced to boycott from the coverage of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf activities to protest torture on colleagues and damage and theft of equipment during the public meeting the previous day. In a statement issued here, senior photojournalist and president of the Khyber Photojournalists Association Fayyaz Aziz and general secretary […]


Ex-PM’s digital media guru Dr Arslan Khalid returns home finally

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Denouncing a second raid at his home, former focal person to ex-prime minister Imran Khan, Dr Arslan Khalid on Wednesday night confirmed his arrival back home. “I am safe and back at home. Thanks for the support by everyone,” he tweeted, adding that, “Some friends tweeted about a second raid which is not true.” Earlier […]


PPF expresses concern over raid at home of the former focal person for digital media of the outgoing ruling party

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is concerned by the raid at the home of the former focal person on digital of the outgoing ruling party, Dr Arslan Khalid. It is a worrying continuation of a trend used to silence journalists, bloggers, and social media activists in Pakistan by creating an atmosphere of fear, ‘red lines’ and threats. […]


PPF welcomes Islamabad High Court’s decision to strike down the PECA ordinance

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) welcomes the ruling of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to strike down the draconian Pakistan Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022. This proposed amendment was a brazen move by the federal government to stifle free speech, intimidate and muzzle the media and to create red lines for them to operate within. The […]


The Federal Investigation Agency closes 7,000 cases filed under amended Peca ordinance

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LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has closed nearly 7,000 inquiries/actions initiated countrywide under section 20 of the recently promulgated Prevention of Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Act (Peca) Ordinance of 2022. A majority of these complaints were related to defamation and serious threats the citizens were receiving from the Twitter and Facebook accounts. The decision came […]