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Journalist booked in extortion case after covering eviction of ‘displaced persons’

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The Second Additional Judicial Magistrate and Civil Judge of Ghotki, Mohammad Ashraf Dehraj, on Monday adjourned the hearing of an alleged extortion case against a journalist until Sept 19. Nasrullah Gaddani, a reporter associated with daily Awami Awaz and senior vice president of the Mirpur Mathelo Press Club was booked vide FIR No. 182/22 at […]


Waqar Satti gets bail before arrest till Sept 19th, journalists bodies show support

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Senior reporter Geo News Waqar Satti was granted bail before arrest till Sept 19th by Rawalpindi Additional District Judge, against a fabricated case lodged by the Punjab government. A large number of journalists were present to express solidarity with fellow journalists. Journalist bodies already condemned the religiously motivated case against journalists and termed it a […]


PPF condemns the decision of PEMRA to ban the transmission of Bol News 

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) strongly condemns the decision of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)  to ban the transmission of Bol Television Network comprising Bol News and Bol Entertainment. We urge the authorities to  immediately lift the ban and ensure that the transmission should not be suspended until the completion of legal procedures. On Sep 5, 2022, PEMRA […]


Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) bans BOL news channel transmission over ’security clearance’

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The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Monday decided to immediately take both the BOL News and BOL Entertainment TV channels off the air for not getting “security clearance from the Interior Ministry”. The decision to the effect was taken during its 174th meeting presided over by Pemra Chairman Muhammad Saleem Baig, according to […]


Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) alarmed by the registration of a blasphemy case against journalist Waqqar Satti over a video he posted on Twitter.

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by the registration of a blasphemy case against Waqqar Satti over a video he posted on his Twitter account with his personal views.   This is an alarming trend to troll journalists and their families on social media platform by well-organized social media wings of political parties. On Aug 27, […]


Lahore Press Club President Azam Chaudhry finds a bullet on his work desk

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ISLAMABAD—Azam Chaudhry, President of Lahore Press Club, found a bullet lying on his desk as he arrived at his work desk Saturday. He said whosoever had done this cowardly act should instead have come face to face to attack him. “I have dedicated myself to protecting the rights of journalists,” he said on Twitter. Press […]


Journalist Waqar Satti booked for allegedly linking ‘disrespectful’ statements about Islam to Imran

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Rawalpindi police have registered a case against journalist Waqar Satti on allegations of attributing “disrespectful” statements “not based on facts” about Islam to PTI chairperson Imran Khan. The case was registered at RA Bazar police station on Saturday on the complaint of a cable operator, Chaudhry Nasir Qayyum, under Sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts […]


Court Grants Police 2-Day Physical Remand of Jameel Farooqui

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ISLAMABAD – Judicial Magistrate Mian Azhar Nadim on Tuesday granted Ramna police two-day physical remand of YouTuber Jameel Farooqui in a case of sharing video on social media accusing cops of Islamabad police of torturing and sexually abusing Dr Shehbaz Gill during custody. Officials of Ramna police stations brought YouTuber Jameel Farooqui to Islamabad from […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Condemns Manhandling of Bol’s Anchor

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ISLAMABAD: G M Jamali President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Secretary General Rana Muhammad Azeem on Tuesday (23rd of August, 2022), while condemning the  manhandling of Bol News Anchor Jameel Farooqui by Police, maintained: “Police must follow the law of the land if someone has committed a crime. If Farooqui must be charged […]


Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) condemns the arrest of Bol TV anchorperson Jameel Farooqi

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) condemns the arrest of Bol TV anchorperson Jameel Farooqi and calls for the media person to be released till a proper investigation takes place and reaches its conclusion. The news of Farooqi’s arrest came to light on August 22. According to Dawn, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered against Farooqi […]


Jameel Farooqui says police tortured, stripped him down

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Senior Anchorperson Bol News Jameel Farooqui, while handcuffed and being escorted by Islamabad Police, said he was tortured and stripped naked. “On order of the Interior Ministry, just because I am speaking the truth, they tortured, stripped me naked and slapped me. Islamabad Police have secured my transit remand from court to bring me to […]


PPF calls for immediate release of Awami Awaz reporter Ilyas Samoo

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) calls for the immediate release of Ilyas Samoo, district reporter of daily Awami Awaz, who is also the president of Bandar Press Club. On August 19, Samo was arrested by the Keti Bandar Police Station in Thatta, ostensibly in charges of carrying an illegal weapon. However, speaking to PPF, Ilyas Samoo’s […]


PPF urges PEMRA to revoke ban on live broadcasts of former prime minister Imran Khan’s speeches; alarmed by disruptions in YouTube access

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) urges the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take back its orders to prohibit the broadcast of live speeches by former prime minister Imran Khan. We are also alarmed by reports of disruptions in access to YouTube during Khan’s rally on August 21. Restricting coverage of speeches by a senior […]


Thatta journalist who highlighted havoc caused by rain arrested

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KARACHI—Sindh Police have arrested a journalist who went missing for 24 hours while reporting on the coastal area and bringing to light the devastation caused by the rains. According to Freedom Network, police arrested Ilyas Samu, a Thatta-based journalist reporting for Sindhi newspaper Awami Awaz from the coastal area of Thatta. Reportedly, the journalist was […]