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Geo News suspension attack on freedom of expression: top NGOs

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KARACHI: Top representatives of non-government organisations (NGOs) have said the basic human rights have continuously been at stake in the country due to various deplorable incidents, taking place recently as well as during the past many years. Addressing a joint press conference at Karachi Press Club on Friday, they said that such incidents had worsened […]

CPNE praises CJP for defending freedom of speech

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LAHORE – An emergency meeting of the Council of Newspaper Editors (CPNE) was held in Lahore to review overall prevailing situation in different spheres of life especially in the media. The participants of the meeting, representing major newspaper organisations, expressed serious concern over threats faced by press freedom and journalist community and inaction of authorities […]

Journalists sign petition against curbs on media

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LAHORE: More than 50 journalists, including editors and columnists, media persons and media freedom organisation representatives in Pakistan and abroad have signed a petition against curbs on media in the country in recent days. Initiated by journalist Beena Sarwar, the petition states that the signatories were seriously concerned over some recent actions. The petition stated […]

Police apprehend two accused in Sialkot journalist’s murder case

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SIALKOT: Police on Thursday apprehended two accused nominated in the murder of a local journalist in Sialkot. The two men namely Shahid and Usman, who were involved in the murder of a journalist, were arrested from Gujranwala and Bahawalpur, respectively. Earlier, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar had given four days to Punjab […]

Journalists, civil society activists protest, demand restoration of Geo News

LONDON: Hundreds of people, including journalists, members of the civil society, activists, and political workers staged a protest here on the weekend to demand Pakistani authorities to restore Geo News and its associated channels. The demonstration was held in front of the High Commission of Pakistan, in London, with journalists of Pakistan Press Club UK, International […]

Pakistan: Journalist beaten up allegedly at the behest of a provincial minister

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Asad Khan Betini, a journalist based in the town of Zhob in Baluchistan province was beaten up on 7 April in his office by a dozen men, allegedly at the behest of the provincial agriculture minister Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhail.  Betini was taken to the hospital in the provincial Quetta where he has been admitted […]

CJP orders arrest journalist’s killers

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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) on Saturday directed inspector general of police Punjab to ensure arrest of culprits involved in the murder of a local journalist of Sambrial within four days. Earlier when IGP Arif Nawaz to a court’s query, confirmed that suspects belong to ruling PML-N, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, observed that the […]

FIR against editor

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“I DISAPPROVE of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” goes the phrase often attributed, erroneously, to Voltaire. In that is contained the crux of a mature approach towards differences of opinion and protecting the people’s right to expression and information. In Pakistan, however, we are drifting […]

Case registered against Altaf, newspaper editor

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KARACHI – Police Friday registered a case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London chief Altaf Hussain and an editor of the local daily Urdu newspaper for publishing MQM-London chief’s statement in the newspaper. An FIR No 56/18 under Sections 123 A/34, 11 (w) of the Anti-Terrorism Act was registered on behalf of a citizen, namely Nisar Ali […]

Khursheed condemns ban on Geo News

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SUKKUR: The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said on Thursday that it is not the opportune time todisclose the name of caretaker prime minister. He said consultations and discussions are going on over different candidates, adding the final decision would be taken in the last month. Khursheed Shah […]

Cable operators defy 24-hour notice: Pemra seeks provinces’ police help to restore all Geo channels

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ISLAMABAD: Having failed to get its order for restoration of Geo Network’s all channels in 24 hours implemented, the government’s official regulator for the electronic media has asked the provincial governments to direct their police to help it enforce its directive in different parts of the country. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had […]

CJP takes notice of journalist’s murder in Sialkot

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar on Wednesday took notice of the murder of Zeeshan Butt, a journalist associated with a Lahore-based newspaper and directed the Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan to present a report in the Supreme Court within 24 hours. Butt had visited Sialkot Union Council (UC) Chairman Imran […]

Distribution of Geo TV channels remains disrupted in many parts of the country

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The transmission of Geo TV channel continues to be disrupted in many areas of Pakistan.  Television programmes in Pakistan are distributed by cable operators, and there are allegations that they are pressured by political groups and law enforcement agencies to disrupt and suspend transmission of programs as a means to punish channels. Disrupting the broadcasts […]

Local journalist abducted from Tank, family claims

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A local journalist, Shah Zaman, was abducted from his home in Tank on Monday night, family of the journalist alleged. Zaman’s brothers, Shah Farman and Ismail, informed DawnNewsTV that five unknown armed men raided their residence and took Zaman away forcefully. They claimed that it is not the first time that Zaman was abducted as […]