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PFUJ concerned over termination of journalists by Jehan Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed concern over the sacking of four reporters and several newsroom staffers by the management of Jehan Pakistan newspaper in Islamabad. In a joint statement, PFUJ  President Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary-General Nasir Zaidi said it was a cruel decision at a time when there is widespread unemployment in […]


Jehan Pakistan sacks reporters, newsroom staff in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD—Urdu newspaper Jehan Pakistan has fired four reporters and about seven newsroom staffers in Islamabad. An insider tells JournalismPakistan.com that an administration official phoned up the employees on Friday to inform them their termination letters were ready for collection. Eight years after the paper rolled off the press, the management now reportedly plans to have only an online […]


Missing journalist recovered after 10 days

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ISLAMABAD: A Lahore-based journalist, Anisur Rehman, who had gone missing on June 10 under mysterious circumstances, was recovered from a locality in Islamabad on Thursday night. This was stated by the secretary general of the Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ), Asif Bhatti, in a statement. Mr. Bhatti said that he and other office-bearers of […]


Hearing of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s bail plea adjourned till 22nd

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LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of a bail petition of Jang/Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a 34-year-old land property case. Justice Aalia Neelum, head of the bench, noted that the bench received the files of the case late. Therefore, she observed that the bench will hear the […]


The sequence of events leading to disappearance of journalist Anis-ur-Rehman

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ISLAMABAD—As Islamabad Police continued to dilly dally on registering an FIR for missing journalist Anis-ur-Rehman, his close friend spoke to JournalismPakistan.com on Wednesday and narrated the sequence of events. Sajid Shah said that he, along with Rehman, an editor of the magazine Nada-e-Millat, left Lahore for Islamabad on the morning of June 10. The Saudi Embassy had […]


Wali Babar murder case

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EDITORIAL: Sindh Information Minister Nasir Shah held a special press conference on Monday to announce that “the killer of journalist Wali Khan Babar has been arrested.” The accused was identified as Sheikh Mohammad Karmran alias Zeeshan. It may be recalled that the young broadcast journalist, Wali Babar, was gunned down in January 2011 while on […]


IFJ, PFUJ welcome arrest of Geo journalist Wali Khan Babar’s murderer

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Pakistan affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have welcomed the arrest on June 15 of the killer of Geo News journalist Wali Khan Babar. IFJ urged the Pakistan government to move proactively to end impunity regarding all crimes against journalists. Karachi Police arrested the Kamran […]


Editor Anis-ur-Rehman still missing, police reluctant to register FIR

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ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Police are reportedly unwilling to register an FIR for the missing editor of Nawa-e-Waqt Group’s magazine Nada-e-Millat. Anis-ur-Rehman visited the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad on Tuesday for whom he used to do translations from Lahore. He went missing later that evening. Reports say Rehman’s friend Sajid Shah has had to run from pillar to […]


UN body asks govt to clarify reported persecution of media

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ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Council of the United Nations has asked the government of Pakistan to clarify the reported persecution of media and media owners, including Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman. In a letter, David Kaye, a special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion, and Leigh Toomey, the vice-chair of the […]


Murderer of TV reporter remanded to police in arms case

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KARACHI: The administrative judge of the antiterrorism courts on Tuesday remanded in police custody a suspect in a case pertaining to possession of illicit weapons. Police claimed to have arrested Kamran, alias Zeeshan alias Shani, who had been reportedly sentenced to death in the murder case of Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar, for possessing […]


Accountability court extends Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s judicial remand till June 29

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LAHORE: An accountability court on Monday extended Jang/Geo Media Group’s Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s judicial remand till June 29.  Judge Jawad ul Hasan conducted proceedings of the reference against MSR. NAB prosecutor Asim Mumtaz and MSR’s attorney were present during the hearing.  “We have come to know that Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman is ill?” inquired the court.  “Yes, he is […]


Geo News reporter Wali Babar murder case: Main hitman arrested after nine years of murder

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KARACHI: The city police chief on Monday claimed to have arrested the main hitman, who allegedly killed the Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar and evading the law for nearly ten years. The press conference was jointly addressed by Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah. Babar, aged 28, was shot dead in the Liaquatabad neighborhood […]


Dr. Shujaat Bhukhari Remembered On His 2nd Martyrdom Anniversary By AJK Journalists

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MIRPUR: Journalist fraternity across Azad Jammu Kashmir and Pakistan-based Kashmiri journalists Sunday paid rich tributes to veteran legendary senior Kashmiri journalist Dr. Syed Shujaat Bukhari Shaheed, on his 2nd martyrdom anniversary, with the renewal of the pledge to continue his mission of securing and protecting the rights of expression besides the birth rights of the […]


Magazine editor Anis-ur-Rehman goes missing in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD—Muhammad Anis-ur-Rehman, editor of Nawa-e-Waqt Group’s magazine Nada-e-Millat and author of several books, has gone missing from Islamabad since Wednesday. Arshad Ansari, President of the Lahore Press Club, tells JournalismPakistan.com that Rehman went missing four days ago in the federal capital. However, the authorities had failed to trace him. Ansari expressed grave concern and said: “We are […]