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Dawn Editor receives prestigious Press Freedom Award

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NEW YORK: Dawn Editor Zaffar Abbas received the prestigious Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award for 2019 on Friday for his “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom”. The award is named after Ms Ifill, the first woman of African descent to host a nationally televised news show in the United States. American […]


APNS condemns police-KMC action against newspaper stalls

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The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has expressed its serious concern on high-handedness of Karachi police who have ransacked and demolished newspaper stalls in various areas of Karachi. The APNS has also condemned the officials of Karachi police and Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) who have taken newspaper sellers into custody and snatched newspapers from their […]


Art reporters like Anil Datta cannot be easily replaced, say speakers at condolence event

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Friends, colleagues and art lovers gathered at a condolence event at the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi on Saturday evening to remember Anil Datta, a veteran journalist who passed away recently. Several journalists, civil society and cultural activists and academics attended the gathering that was organised by the Arts Council of Pakistan. Speakers at the […]


Sri Lankan presidential hopeful sparks bad memories for journalists

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No memorial marks where Sri Lankan newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge was murdered in 2009, one of dozens of victims of “death squads” allegedly linked to a frontrunner in Saturday’s presidential election. But ex-colleague Dilrukshi Handunnetti needs no plaque to remember vividly the morning of January 8 when two assailants on motorbikes smashed Wickrematunge’s car windows […]


Journalists lament attempts to censor media

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LAHORE: Journalists speaking in a session at the Faiz International Festival at Alhamra on Saturday said that journalism was never free in Pakistan and it can enjoy freedom of expression only while sticking to the truth. Truth is powerful and is supported by people. Finding and promoting the truth is difficult, but Pakistani media needs […]


Journalist acquitted in cybercrime case

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QUETTA: A judicial magistrate on Wednesday acquitted a journalist in a cybercrime case. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had registered a first information report against Zafarullah Achakzai under the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (2016) in June 2017 for spreading misinformation against the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) on social media. The court on Wednesday issued his […]


Women reluctant to take up climate journalism: study

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KARACHI: Despite scientific evidence of apocalyptic times to come due to climate change, fewer journalists — especially women — are writing on issues around environment with the media failing to spur a comprehensive social response in Pakistan. The study — titled Missing in Action: Why are fewer women journalists in Pakistan writing on environment — […]


Media freedom in Pakistan is seeing dark times, says panel

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Press freedom in Pakistan is the worst today than it has ever been before, said panelists at a talk on censorship held at the Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT) at SOAS on Friday. The talk titled ‘Reign of censorship: Pakistan, Kashmir and India’ featured journalist Talat Hussain, writer and academic Farzana Sheikh, British journalist Christina Lamb […]


Journalists thrashed by mills owner Our staff reporter

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A Daska based journalist and his cameraman were beaten by the owners and employees of a local flour mill in Daska. According to the FIR, Rana Ghulam Mustafa, a reporter of ARY News Channel, and cameraman Irfan went to the said rice mills in Daska for getting the version of the millers regarding the shortage […]


Journalists urged to play role in prevention of HIV and AIDS in Pakistan

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Larkana: National and international experts have urged journalists to play their role in prevention of HIV and AIDS in the country, especially in the rural areas of Sindh and Punjab where a vast majority of people is living at the mercy of quacks, who are spreading not only HIV but also Hepatitis B and C […]


Police beat up photojournalists in Srinagar

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ISLAMABAD – Police in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) beat up photojournalists when they were filming anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar. READ MORE: UK Parliament to elect new Speaker to replace John Bercow on eve of dissolution According to Kashmir Media Service, at least three photojournalists alleged that they were beaten up by police personnel as they […]


When journalists are targeted, societies suffer, says UN Chief

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UNITED NATIONS: “When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price,” warned UN Secretary-General António Guterres as the world body observed the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. “Without journalists able to do their jobs in safety, we face the prospect of a world of confusion and disinformation”, said the […]


Women in journalism

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EVEN in the field of journalism, women are not spared the narrow interpretations of toxic masculinity regarding their behaviour. It has been revealed in a survey conducted by the nonprofit initiative Media Matters for Democracy that online harassment affects the work of 95pc of women journalists in Pakistan. The report, titled Hostile Bytes — A […]


95pc women journalists say online violence impacts their work: report

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ISLAMABAD: Ninety-five per cent of the country’s women journalists feel online violence has an impact on their professional work, according to a Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) report. The report titled ‘Hostile Bytes — a study of online violence against women journalists’ was launched on Friday to coincide with the Inter­national Day to End Impunity […]