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34-year-old private property deal: Court extends judicial remand of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till 17th

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LAHORE: An accountability court on Thursday extended the judicial remand of Jang-Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till September 17. The authorities concerned produced Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman before Accountability Court Judge Assad Ali. Senior lawyer Amjad Parvez represented Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman during the hearing. The court directed NAB through a short order to return the belongings of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman […]


Matiullah Jan briefs parliamentary panel

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ISLAMABAD: Prominent journalist Matiullah Jan, who was released hours after he was picked up by unidentified armed men from a busy street in the capital last month, requested a parliamentary panel on Wednesday to constitute a committee comprising members of the Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting from the Senate and the National Assembly to […]


Journalist receiving death threats for investigative report.

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The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have strongly condemned the life threats against investigative journalist Ahmad Noorani “for writing an investigative piece about the business fortunes of close relatives of a retired army officer”. In a joint statement issued on August […]


Journalist among five acquitted in explosives case

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KARACHI: An antiterrorism court has exonerated five accused persons, including a journalist, in a case pertaining to allegedly possessing explosives and arms. Five accused — Syed Matloob Hussain; a journalist working for Urdu-language daily Jang, Syed Mohtashim Haider Shah, Syed Imran Haider Shah, Syed Waqar Raza and Mohammad Abbas — were charged with possessing explosives and […]


TV channel’s licence suspended

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) suspended the licence of TV channel 24News on Monday after complaints that its Muharram transmission contained hate-based content. The complaints were lodged over portions of a Dua read after Asr prayers. The regulator said it had issued an advisory to all television channels on Aug 20, directing […]


Lawyers, rights groups slam threats hurled at journalist

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in a joint statement “strongly condemned” death threats hurled at senior journalist Ahmad Noorani for writing an investigative piece about the business fortunes of close relatives of a retired army officer and prime minister’s aide. The statement, issued […]


Upping the ante on censorship

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A discernibly aggressive form of self-censorship has become a key characteristic of Pakistan’s supposedly ‘free media’ of late. There are no-go areas that have been so well-defined for newsrooms over the past few years that almost all conventional media houses understand the limits to the selection of stories and opinion pieces. This however does not […]


Journalists martyrdom day observed in Quetta

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QUETTA: The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) on Friday observed the martyrdom day of journalists in remembrance of those journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty during the last 12 years in the province. A meeting was held in the Quetta Press Club to mark the day, which was presided over by […]


SHC seeks details on detention of Omar Sheikh, others

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday sought details about the powers of federal and provincial governments regarding detention of prisoners on a petition challenging the detention of four men set free by SHC after setting aside the trial court order in the abduction and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl. The two-judge bench headed by Justice […]


KP journalists threaten to stage protest against PDA

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar-based journalists would stage a protest sit-in outside the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) office for its failure to launch uplift work in the lone media colony despite payment to the entity. “The PDA has been applying delaying tactics since long despite receiving payments for the development work in the media colony. We have […]


Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s judicial remand extended till Sept 3

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LAHORE: An accountability court Thursday extended judicial remand of Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till Sept 3. The authorities concerned produced Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman before Accountability Court Judge Assad Ali. Advocate Muhammad Nawaz represented Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in Thursday’s hearing. The Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief is in custody for more than 160 days in a case which was of documentary […]


Harassment of women journalists: Complaints to be sent to FIA, says Bilawal

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan People’s Party and Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Tuesday said the issue of harassment of women journalists would be discussed with the other political parties and the recorded statements would be pursued till their logical end. “On this issue of online harassment of women journalists, anchors […]


SHC dismisses plea against detention in Pearl case

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KARACHI:The Sindh High Court (SHC) has dismissed a petition challenging the extended detention of the men accused of kidnapping and murdering Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl, terming it inadmissible. A division bench, comprising Justice Nazar Akbar and Justice Abdul Mobeen Lakho, on Monday heard the petition regarding the extended detention of the accused. Ahmed […]


Publishers, HR activists to contest Tahaffuz bill

LAHORE: The publishing industry, education sector, research and human rights organisations have expressed their concern at the Tahaffuz-i-Bunyad-i-Islam Bill recently passed by the Punjab Assembly and threatened to challenge the proposed legislation in a court of law. “We believe the bill is an invasion on freedom of expression and critical thinking and will also spell […]