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APC condemns censorship, gags on media

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ISLAMABAD: The main opposition leaders – Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as well as the opposition parties’ APC declaration Sunday condemned curbs on the media. Reading out the allparties conference (APC) declaration, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the meeting condemned unprecedented gags on the media and censorship. He also […]


Court extends remand of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till Oct 1

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LAHORE: An accountability court on Thursday extended the judicial remand of Jang-Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till October 1. The authorities concerned produced Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman before Accountability Court Judge Assad Ali. Senior lawyer Amjad Parvez represented Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman during the hearing. The court adjourned the hearing till October 1. Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman is in custody for more […]


Daniel Pearl murder case hearing adjourned

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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday adjourned hearing of a case, against acquittal of accused by the Sindh High Court (SHC) in Daniel Pearl murder case, due to death of Prosecutor General (PG) Sindh’s mother.  A three-member special bench of the apex court headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Qazi […]


FIR registered against journalist Asad Toor for ‘negative propaganda’ against army

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A first information report (FIR) has been registered against journalist Asad Toor for posting “negative propaganda against the state, Pakistani institutions and the Pakistan Army” on his social media account, it emerged on Tuesday. Toor, who is based in Islamabad, shared a copy of the FIR on his Twitter account. It was registered on a […]


Two charges dropped against journalist Bilal Farooqi

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Police on Saturday dropped two charges against journalist Bilal Farooqi, who was detained the previous evening over his social media posts that were allegedly critical of the military and promoted sectarian hatred. The investigating officer submitted a preliminary investigation report to the District South judicial magistrate-VI, saying that the offences under the Pakistan Penal Code’s […]


Police ordered to file challan against journalist Farooqi

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KARACHI: A judicial magistrate on Saturday ordered the police to file a challan in a case against journalist Bilal Farooqi. Farooqi, a news editor at The Express Tribune, was detained in relation to an FIR registered against him two days ago. According to the FIR, he was booked under Section 505 of the Pakistan Penal […]


Journalist Bilal Farooqi released following social media outcry

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KARACHI: Bilal Farooqi, News Editor at The Express Tribune, was released in the wee hours of Saturday, hours after he was picked up by police from outside his home in Karachi on Friday evening. Bilal was detained in relation to an FIR registered against him two days ago. According to the FIR, Farooqi has been […]


Journalist Bilal arrested for ‘objectionable’ posts

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KARACHI: Bilal Faroo­qui, a journalist associated with English daily Express Tribune, was detained from his home in Defence Housing Society by police on Friday evening, according to his family, friends and official sources. The chief of Karachi police, Additional IG Ghulam Nabi Memon, confirmed that the Station Investigation Officer of the Defence police station had […]


Jang Group CEO approaches Supreme Court for bail.

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Executive of the Jang Group of Newspapers Mir Shakeelur Rehman approached the Supreme Court on Thursday to seek release on post-arrest bail. The media tycoon, who has been under detention for months, filed an appeal against the July 8 Lahore High Court (LHC) order of rejecting his bail plea through his counsel Khawaja […]


Pemra urged to bring 24NewsHD back on air

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KARACHI: Media workers from Pakistan’s 24NewsHD are facing the possibility of job-losses after the channel was suspended by The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and ceased operation on August 31. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Pakistan affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ) condemn the suspension order and urge the […]


Journalist pleads with SC to take fresh look at contempt powers

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ISLAMABAD: Journalist Matiullah Jan submitted before the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the tweet for which he was facing a contempt charge was only meant to convey his disappointment on an order that had allegedly been criticised by a large section of society. “If it is being construed as inappropriately worded and has caused any […]


UN expresses concern over violence against journalists in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The United Nations human rights office on Tuesday voiced concern over growing instances of threats of violence against journalists and human rights activists in Pakistan, calling upon the government to take “immediate, concrete steps” to ensure their protection. According to media reports, the UN rights office said it had followed “with increasing concern” numerous […]


Shibli strongly condemns murder of journalist Shaheena Shaheen

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ISLAMABAD – Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Sunday strongly condemned the killing of journalist Shaheena Shaheen. In a tweet the minister said tragic incident of the murder of journalist Shahina Shaheen was very sad and reprehensible. Shibli Faraz said the government strongly believed in freedom of expression and protection of journalists […]


Woman journalist shot dead in Balochistan’s Turbat

A female journalist was shot dead at her home in Turbat area of Balochistan’s Kech district on Saturday evening, police said. Shaheena Shaheen, aged around 25 years, was a local anchorperson at state-owned broadcaster PTV and editor of a local magazine. She was also a student of fine arts at the University Of Balochistan, the […]