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Declaration of newspapers closing offices to be cancelled

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ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Monday that Prime Minister Imran Khan had expressed deep concern over the journalists’ firing from jobs. Talking to the camp of sacked journalists and media workers here, the minister said the prime minister had asked him to meet the affected media persons, taking along information ministers from […]


Rights activist Gulalai Ismail released: Islamabad police

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Rights activist Gulalai Ismail was released by Islamabad police late Wednesday, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat told DawnNewsTV. However, according to the senior official, 17 of the 25 Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) workers arrested a day earlier along with Gulalai for holding a protest demonstration outside the National Press Club were sent to Adiala jail after […]


‘It’s the constitutional right of every citizen to get information from govt departments’

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KARACHI: Speakers at a consultative workshop held on Monday at a local hotel regretted the government’s lack of interest in implementing the Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Act 2016 and pointed out that despite the passage of almost 21 months, very few public bodies/departments had nominated a designated officer to provide information as per […]


PPF condemns the attack on Roots FM radio in Liberia

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to George Weah, President of Liberia has expressed concern over the attack on Roots FM radio station on January 31st, 2019. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has denounced this attack on radio station and called on the Liberian authorities to immediately investigate the matter and hold those […]


PPF condemns the threat and verbal assault on TellZim staff

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe has expressed concern over the threat and verbal assault on TellZim staff. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the verbal attack and threats on journalists and called on the law enforcement agencies and Zimbabwe government to thoroughly investigate the matter and […]


Bilawal wants parliament to give judiciary a fight

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Karachi – Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday called for ‘empowerment of Parliament’ to reverse the ‘erosion of power’ of this supreme constitutional pillar of the state. “Parliamentary activism is needed in the presence of judicial activism,” he said, asserting that this prime democratic institution was under attack for quite some time. […]


Why is freedom of expression important?

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Freedom of expression is important not only because it is a fundamental human right and a democratic ideal but also because it leads to newer ideas — ideas that change and improve a society and bring economic prosperity A few days ago my nine-year-old son and I had a conversation on our way back home from […]


The Verdict Imran Khan or Ayub Khan: Is PMRA the new tool to curb freedom of press and control media?

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) government in the centre recently approved the formation of a new regulatory body, known as the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA). From now, all media, including print, electronic and social, will be simultaneously regulated by this newly established body. Organisations such as the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and the […]


A grave threat to freedoms

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BY approving the proposal for a law to stifle the print, electronic and digital media, the federal cabinet has put parliament on trial. Will it allow the executive absolute control over the media, or will it defend the most fundamental freedoms of the media and the people — which are also essential prerequisites to the […]


Call for implementing right to information act

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KARACHI: Speakers at a consultative workshop held on Tuesday at a local hotel expressed concern over delay in proper implementation of the Sindh Transparency and Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2016, and said that it was necessary to ensure transparency in good governance. The workshop titled ‘Improving public service delivery through RTI’ was organised by […]


Attack on media freedom

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The Federal cabinet gave its go-ahead on Thursday to the government plan to form a new Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) bringing under it the existing media regulatory bodies. This, said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, is to be done by merging all the rules related to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Press Council of […]


PPF concerned over harassment and detention of journalist in Honduras

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras has expressed deep concern over the harassment and detention of journalist Jairo López on January 27, 2019. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has condemned the harassment of the journalist and called on the authorities to investigate the […]


Media bodies rejects cabinet decision on PMRA

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The federal cabinet approved the formation of new regulatory body called Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) with the merger of all media regulating bodies including print, electronic and digital media. The meeting was held on January 24, headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by the journalists’ associations. The Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry […]


Stifling the press

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A “WALKING shadow”. A “poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage/ And then is heard no more”. A “tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing”. Shakespeare was describing life. He could as easily have been writing about the state of Pakistan’s media. On television screens, pundits […]