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Islamabad High Court warns FIA against misuse of authority

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday warned the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime wing to exercise its powers judiciously or else the court would impose heavy cost on the investigation officers for misuse of authority. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah was hearing the petitions filed against the ongoing inquiries by the FIA’s cybercrime […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists takes exception to info minister statement

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has shown serious concern over the comments of Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry claiming that some journalists stage attacks for seeking political asylum abroad. Appearing on a television show the information minister had also said that “condemnation of attack on journalists (by journalists or journalists’ organisations) […]


Provisional Assembly (PA) once again adopts bill for journalists’ protection

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The Sindh Assembly on Monday once more adopted the Sindh Protection of Journalists and Other Media Practitioners Bill 2021. The bill was earlier returned by the governor to the legislature as he had objected to some features of the proposed law and refused to give his assent. After the second passage of the bill by […]


Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) urges the authorities to conduct speedy investigations into the cases of attacks on journalists and to ensure justice is provided.

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has called on the authorities to conduct speedy investigations into the cases of attacks on journalists — Asad Toor and Absar Alam — and to ensure justice is provided. On April 20, former Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman Absar Alam was shot in the country’s capital Islamabad. In a […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists seeks clarification from Prime Minister over Gill’s statement

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has demanded Prime Minister Imran to explain his position on freedom of speech in the wake of his Special Assistant on Information Shehbaz Gill’s statement over the issue. The journalists’ body expressed grave concerns over the statement of Gill in which he openly announced that the PTI government […]


Pakistani journalist Muhammad Bilal Ghauri summoned over YouTube videos

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Pakistani authorities should cease harassing journalist Muhammad Bilal Ghauri and allow all members of the press to freely report on state institutions, including the military, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Today, M. Waseem Sikandar, a sub-inspector at the Federal Investigation Agency’s Cyber Crime Reporting Centre in Islamabad, issued a summons for Ghauri to […]


Media bill rejected by governor revived in Sindh Assembly: Wahab

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KARACHI   –  The media bill, which was turned down by Sindh governor, has now been revived in the Sindh Assembly, and the cabinet meeting will approve it. We will practically safeguard the interests of the journalist fraternity and provide them as many facilities as possible. This was stated by Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Spokesperson for Sindh […]


Pakistan People’s Party lawmaker submits journalist protection bill

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PESHAWAR: Member of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party Nighat Yasmin Orakzai on Monday submitted the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Protection of Journalists and Media Practitioners Bill, 2021, to the provincial assembly’s secretariat to ‘promote, protect and effectively ensure independence, impartiality, safety and freedom of expression of journalists and other media practitioners’. Earlier, she had submitted the Khyber […]


Governor returns media protection bill to Sindh Assembly

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KARACHI: Sindh Gover­nor Imran Ismail has refused to give his assent to the Sindh Protection of Journa­lists and other Media Practi­tioners bill, which was pas­sed by the Sindh Assembly recently, and returned the bill to the legislature for reconsideration because it lacked a “mechanism for monitoring funds of the commission concerned”. Reliable sources told Dawn […]


SOC Films releases World Press Freedom Day webinar

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In commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day in May 2021, SOC Films hosted its first ever ‘Webinar’ focusing on the important issues that affect journalists reporting on issues confronting Pakistanis including minorities. The Webinar, moderated by journalist Munizae Jahangir, featured speakers from diverse backgrounds including the Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Wendy Gilmour, who […]


Bilawal to write to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, drawing attention to agency’s ‘defamation’ due to attacks on journalists

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PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Thursday said he would write a letter to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to bring to his notice “how his institution is being defamed” through attacks on journalists. He made the comment during a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights which was […]


World bodies seek fresh probe into journalist’s murder

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KARACHI: Three international bodies working for press freedom and protection of media persons on Wednesday launched a joint report citing “significant errors” in police investigation into the murder of a senior journalist in rural Sindh more than 13 years ago whose reporting had “exposed local corruption and human rights abuses.” The representatives of three global […]


15 years later, no justice for Hayatullah Khan, the journalist who was abducted and murdered on June 16, 2006

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One of the most high profile murder case of a journalist in Pakistan remains unsolved 15 years later. On June 16, 2006, the body of English-language daily The Nation and Urdu-language daily Ausaf reporter as well photographer for the European Press Agency Hayatullah Khan was found outside a village in Mirali in North Waziristan tribal agency in the erstwhile Federally Administered […]


On this day, a decade ago on June 11, 2011 Twin blasts in Peshawar killed two journalists and injured seven others.

On this day, a decade ago on June 11, 2011, twin blasts in Peshawar killed 39 people and injured over 100 others. A journalist was killed on the spot in the explosion while eight others were injured, one of whom succumbed to injuries and passed away just days later on June 17. Pakistan Press Foundation […]