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Court directs media to air apology over ‘speculations’

LAHORE – The LHC has directed electronic media to air apology at prime time and gave ultimatum of three days to print media to print apology at front page for airing and publishing “speculations against the judiciary over the acquittal of convict Shah Hussain”. In a press release issued on Thursday evening, the LHC registrar […]


Right of access to information is prerogative of everybody: Ali Zafar

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ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Barrister Syed Ali Zafar Thursday said that right of access to information was the prerogative of every citizen and the government was bound to provide information in all matters of public importance. Talking to a private news channel, he said he strongly condemned […]


PFUJ concerned at violence against journalists

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed grave concern over the violent attack on BOL News journalist Asad Kharal and kidnapping of Waqt TV analyst Gul Bukhari, in Lahore. In a statement, the union President Afzal Butt and Secretary-General Ayub Jan Sarhandi said both incidents had similar patterns and indicated the involvement […]


President promulgates new Pemra Ordinance

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ISLAMABAD – In order to minimise the influence of federal government on the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the President of Pakistan has promulgated an Ordinance minimising Authority’s members and giving representation to Pakistan Broadcasting Association and general public. The newly-promulgated Ordinance, which may be called the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, […]


Journalist Gul Bukhari home after hours long ‘abduction’ in Lahore

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Journalist and activist Gul Bukhari was abducted by unknown persons in Lahore on Tuesday night, police sources said. Early on Wednesday, her family confirmed she was home and “fine”. According to sources, Bukhari was on her way to the Waqt TV studio on the Fatimah Jinnah Road (Queen’s Road) for a talk show when the […]


Ahsan Iqbal tenders apology in contempt case

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Former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday tender unconditional apology before a full bench of Lahore High Court and submitted his written reply to a contempt notice issued to him. The bench also directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to submit a detailed report on petitions against the alleged anti-judiciary speeches by former […]


Two accused in journalist murder case get bail

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday issued release order on bail of two accused brothers charged with the murder of a local journalist in the Swabi district. A single bench of Justice Ikramullah Khan issued the release order. The accused were directed to furnish bail bonds for securing their release. During arguments, Sahibzada […]


Non-bailable warrants for Dr Shahid Masood issued

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad District Court, on the request of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), has issued non-bailable warrants for arrest of Dr Shahid Masood, a TV anchorperson and former chairman of Pakistan Television, for his alleged involvement in embezzlement of Rs38 million. According to the prosecution, Dr Masood had signed an agreement with a fake […]


AWP condemns attack on private TV channel office

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The Awami Workers Party (AWP) condemned the armed attack on the office of Vash TV channel in Karachi. In a joint statement, AWP senior vice-President Yousufmasti Khan, general secretary Akhtar Hussain Advocate and spokesperson Farooq Tariq expressed deep concerns at frequent attacks on the Balochi language channel ‘Vaash’ by armed men and termed it an […]


PM says no room for censorship in today’s world

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ISLAMABAD: Asking the media to impose a “self-regulating mechanism”, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said the PML-N government has made every effort to ensure freedom of expression and independence of media as the age of censorship is over. Speaking at the 23rd All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) Awards ceremony at PM Secretariat here on […]


Spent no money on secret funds for journalists in 5 years: PM Abbasi

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ISLAMABAD- Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Wednesday that the incumbent government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had pledged to ensure free journalism in Pakistan since it held the reins. Addressing an awards ceremony at All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) in Islamabad, Abbasi said that the government took steps to ensure freedom of expression […]


SHC orders establishment of information commission

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KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) directed the provincial chief secretary to move the summary to the chief minister in order to take appropriate measures for the establishment of an information commission as well as a permanent secretariat in accordance with the law. The direction came as a result of a petition from Tariq Mansoor who […]


Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors voices concern at curbs on media freedom

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KARACHI: Arif Nizami and Dr Jabbar Khattak, the president and the secretary general respectively of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), have expressed concern over curbs on freedom of expression, especially attempts by certain elements to hamper distribution of newspapers and electronic media transmissions. “These attempts constitute an attack on freedom of expression and […]


No compromise on media freedom, says CPNE

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President of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) Arif Nizami and Secretary General Dr Jabbar Khattak have said certain unsocial elements are hampering distribution of newspapers and transmission of electronic media at places in the country. The annual meeting of the council on Tuesday expressed serious concerns over “open and hidden pressures, threats and […]