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My son not behind Pearl’s killing, says Saeed Sheikh

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LONDON: Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh’s father has claimed his son was not responsible for the tragic killing of the American journalist, Daniel Pearl but has been denied justice for nearly two decades. He says his son remains in a limbo despite the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s decision clearing him of all charges. Speaking to this […]


Pakistan ranks 145th in Press Freedom Index

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ISLAMABAD/ PARIS: The annual report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday that journalism was at least partly blocked in nearly three-quarters of the 180 countries surveyed. Its World Press Freedom Index found 73 countries “totally blocked or seriously impeded” journalism, while it was “constrained” in 59 others, adding that many governments had used the […]


Info secretary, senior journalists discuss Journalists Protection Bill draft

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KARACHI   –  Sindh Information Secretary Rafiq Ahmed Buriro said on Tuesday that every step was being taken to improve laws related to welfare of media, particularly journalists, with a view to provide conducive atmosphere for their sustained growth.   This he said while holding a meeting of senior journalists to discuss draft of Journalists Protection Bill […]


SC misread evidence in Daniel Pearl’s case, say parents

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ISLAMABAD   – The parents of Daniel Pearl, Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) Bureau Chief for South Asia, Friday submitted that the Supreme Court majority judgment suffers from a misreading and non-reading of the evidence on the record and misapplication of the law. Ruth and Judea, parents of Daniel Pearl, stated this in a review petition filed […]


Internet suspended in Peshawar for fifth day

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PESHAWAR: The Internet remained suspended for fifth day in most parts of the provincial capital, causing inconvenience to thousands of people. Though no reason was mentioned officially, the Internet remained suspended for fifth consecutive day in Peshawar and adjoining areas. Thousands of people who are connected to their offices and other circles remained disconnected for […]


Religious party workers start attacking media workers in different cities

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LAHORE: Activists of the religio-political party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) protesting in different cities of the country have started targeting the employees of different private news channels. According to details, the religious party workers attacked a reporter of a private news channel who was covering the protest in Lahore. The protestors also attacked the cameraman of […]


Passage of bill against ‘disrespect of armed forces’ assailed

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ISLAMABAD: The approval of a bill by a National Assembly’s standing committee, which proposed up to two years’ imprisonment and a fine for those who “intentionally ridicule the armed forces”, has drawn ire of politicians from across the divide as well as the legal fraternity. The criticism of the bill came on Thursday not only […]


Question of rights

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Freedom of expression is a fundamental right. Though this right is violated in autocratic governments and dictatorships, all functioning democracies have a mechanism to defend this right without which no civilized society commands respect of the global community in the 21st century. The UN recognizes this right as enshrined in its declaration of human rights. […]


PFUJ, PBC, HRCP, SHCBA concerned over proposed amendment

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) are deeply concerned about the proposed amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code 1898, by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior, which has recommended that persons who ‘disrespect’ or ‘intentionally ridicule’ the […]


Freedom of expression: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rejects any bid to further gag fundamental right

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rejects any attempts to further gag the fundamental right of freedom of expression in the name of preventing defamation and disrespect of the armed forces. Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P) Secretary General Farhatullah Babar in a statement on Wednesday expressed grave concern over a bill moved by a PTI MNA […]


Daniel Pearl case: Key suspect shifted to Lahore

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KARACHI: Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh, a British-born suspect acquitted recently of kidnapping and murdering US Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl has been shifted to Lahore from Karachi on Thursday. He was shifted to a rest house within the premises of Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail while travelling on a plane. A strict security measures were […]


Panel passes bill seeking to make defaming armed forces punishable crime

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ISLAMABAD: Amid stiff resistance offered by the opposition parties, a parliamentary body, on Wednesday, passed a bill seeking to make intentionally ridiculing and defaming the armed forces a punishable crime. The National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior, which met with MNA Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz in the chair, passed the Criminal Law (amendment) Act 2020, […]


US Human Rights Report expresses concern over freedom of expression restriction in Pakistan

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Pakistan saw “[…] serious restrictions on free expression, the press and the internet including violence against journalists, unjustified arrests and disappearances of journalists, censorship and site blocking […]” during 2020. This analysis of the situation of press freedom in Pakistan was presented as part of the US Department of State’s 2020 Country Report on Human […]


Freedom of Expression Report 2020 launched

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan performed poorly with respect to legal and practical protections for the right to freedom of expression of its citizens during 2020, according to a new assessment report published by the Media Matters for Democracy. The Pakistan Freedom of Expression Report 2020 was launched through a webinar on Wednesday. Speaking at the report launch, […]