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APNS, PBA ask govt to look into prolonged detention of Jang owner

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) in their separate statements have asked the government and various state institutions to look into the prolonged imprisonment of editor-in-chief of Jang Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and dispel the impression that the objective behind his arrest and prosecution is not accountability but to […]


Attack on Parliament, PTV case: ATC acquits Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Thursday acquitted Prime Minister Imran Khan in the 2014 Parliament House attack case.   The court decided to indict others named in the case, including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, and Planning Minister Asad Umar, as well as prominent party leader Aleem […]


Judicial probe sought in journalist’s abduction

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ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan Bar Council and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists have rejected the investigation team announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan to probe the abduction of Karachi-based Geo News journalist Ali Imran Syed. The organizations claim that the team in question consists of personnel with links to state agencies […]


Pakistan among countries where killers of journalists go unpunished, says CPJ

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ranked at the 9th position among countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go free, according to the Global Impunity Index of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which does this ranking in order to bring under spotlight the countries performing at their worst in prosecuting the cases of slain journalists. […]


IG doesn’t know how to probe journalist’s kidnapping, notes court

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the report of the inspector general of Islamabad police on the kidnapping of senior journalist Matiullah Jan, saying it seemed the IG had no clue how to investigate the case. A three-judge SC bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed ordered IG Mohammad Amir Zulfikar Khan to assign […]


FIA, Nadra unable to trace journalist’s abductors, SC told

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ISLAMABAD: Almost every institution expressed inability to identify the abductors of senior journalist Matiullah Jan, revealed a report submitted to the Supreme Court. According to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report, the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Islamabad police and even the multi-billion dollars Safe City project management remained unable […]


APNS appreciates release of Geo reporter

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KARACHI: The APNS has expressed its appreciation over the release of the abducted Geo News and Jang Group senior reporter Ali Imran Syed after 22 hours on the strong protest of media and human rights organizations. Hameed Haroon, President, and Sarmad Ali, Secretary General of All Pakistan Newspapers Society, have stated that the disappearance of […]


‘Missing’ journalist returns home safely amid protests

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KARACHI: A reporter of a news channel, Ali Imran Syed, who went missing from an area near his home in Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Friday after reporting details along with CCTV footage of a raid by law enforcement agencies on a hotel for the arrest of an opposition party leader, reached back home safely on Saturday evening, […]


Geo reporter Ali Imran goes missing

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KARACHI: The Geo News reporter Ali Imran went missing on Friday evening. According to the family sources, Ali Imran had gone to nearby bakery but did not return home. He told the family he would return in half an hour, but did not return despite passage of many hours, said the worried family members. They […]


SC adjourns Pearl murder case for four weeks

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned for four weeks the hearing of an appeal from the family of American journalist Daniel Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The key suspect in Pearl’s slaying, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, and three other […]


Journalists hold countrywide rallies for press freedom

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ISLAMABAD: On a call of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), the journalist community across the country held protest rallies against shrinking space for freedom of press, speech and expression in the country following fascist and dictatorial policies, adopted by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. Speakers at the protest rallies and demonstrations, arranged by […]


No right to censor

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IN an age that requires transparency and leveraging the rapid flow of information, Pakistan appears to be swimming against the tide. Protestations against rising media censorship and growing curbs on the constitutionally mandated freedom of expression have been rising since the PTI government took power more than two years ago. Today, it is no secret […]


Journalist beaten up for covering participants leaving PDM Karachi rally

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KARACHI: A journalist working for a private news channel was beaten up by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) activists at Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally in Karachi on Sunday, ARY News reported. As per details, a local news channel reporter who was present at Karachi’s Bagh-e-Jinnah to cover the opposition parties public gathering under the banner […]


IHC issues notices to govt, Pemra on journalist’s petition

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ISLAMABAD: The Islam­abad High Court (IHC) issued notices to the secretaries of the interior and information ministries, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman and the inspector general of Islamabad on Friday on a petition filed against the alleged harassment of a journalist. Chief Justice Athar Minallah called for a reply from the above-named […]