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PEMRA bill a blow to freedom of expression: IFJ

LAHORE, May 20, 2005: The National Assembly’s (NA)approval of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Amendment Bill 2004 is a blow to the freedom of expression in Pakistan, said Christopher Warren, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) president, on May 19. “By passing the PEMRA amendment bill, the National Assembly has set the stage for […]

Cases against 2 journalists

KARACHI, May 30, 2005: Cases were registered against two local journalists on Sunday for publishing reports likely to ‘incite’ people’s sentiments against the state. The first FIR was registered against a reporter of daily Awam and the second against a reporter of English eveninger Daily News, under sections 500 and 505(1)(b) of the Pakistan Penal […]

PFUJ hits out at Pemra bill

KARACHI, May 18: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has termed the amendments in the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) bill passed by the National Assembly on May 16 a blow to freedom of expression. In a statement on May 17, the PFUJ said the government through some of the clauses of the bill […]

Journalist hurt in ambush

WANA May 15, 2005: A Pakistani journalist was shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting by three masked gunmen on May 14 in a South Waziristan, officials said. Mujeebur Rehman, who works for Reuters news agency, was wounded in the hand during the attack from a passing taxicab near the town of Wana, local officials […]

A gagged press?

What happened in Lahore and Islamabad on World Press Freedom Day May 3 cannot be justified. All sane members of society found the baton charging of journalists distasteful. It unnecessarily damaged the image of the Pakistani government, internationally and domestically. All past efforts made to give freedom to the media in Pakistan by a military […]

Government blocks committee against journalists’ ordeal

ISLAMABAD, May 06, 2005: Instructed by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, the government on May 5 withdrew a motion to form a special committee to investigate the manhandling of journalists by police on May 3. Dr Sher Afgan Niazi, the parliamentary affairs minister, told the National Assembly that the leader of the house (the prime minister) […]

World Press Freedom Day: Media & Good Governance

KARACHI, May 03, 2005: Political leaders, media experts and senior journalists felt that to attain the objective of good governance, print and electronic media should join hands for ensuring freedom of expression and access to information. This was a general opinion of the speakers in the discussion organized by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in memory […]

120 journalists attacked and intimidated in 2004-05: Press Freedom

SLAMABAD, May 05 2005: According to a report titled “Media in Pakistan: Growing Space, Shrinking Freedoms”, more journalists and media organisations were attacked and intimidated during May 3, 2004 to May 3, 2005 involving 120 journalists as against 70 journalists during May 3, 03 to May 3, 04. The report, released on the occasion of […]

PFUJ alleges assault on press freedom

KARACHI, May 3, 2005: The press in Pakistan was subjected to violence, pressure and harassment in 2004-5 and journalists were subjected to physical torture despite ‘a façade of freedom of the press’. This was stated by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in its annual report issued on the eve of the International Press […]

Police attack journalists on World Press Freedom Day

New York, May 3, 2005: The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s attacks by police on journalists in the cities of Lahore and Islamabad. During peaceful demonstrations in honor of World Press Freedom Day, approximately 50 journalists were injured when police baton-charged demonstrators marching in the center of Lahore, and as many as 60 journalists […]

Need for free press

Shafqat Munir This May 3rd, World Press Freedom Day, marks the launch of a new website to facilitate exchanges among journalists within the country and with the foreign press. The website,, was conceptualised at a meeting in Koh Samui, Thailand in October 2004, at the Asia Media Forum (AMF) initiated by editors from across […]

Safma calls for press freedom in Nepal

ISLAMABAD, April 20,2005: The South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) has called upon the media community in all countries of South Asia to jointly observe the Press Freedom Day falling on May 3 as a day of solidarity with the media and the journalists under attack in Nepal. Supporting full press freedom in Nepal, Safma […]

CPNE flays violence against newsmen

KARACHI, April 19, 2005: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editor (CPNE) has strongly condemned unprecedented state sponsored violence against journalists and editors travelling along with Asif Ali Zardari. “Baton bash on journalists, snatching of cameras cell phones and other valuables from journalists and editors, who arrived at Lahore from Dubai along with Zardari, to prevent […]

Newspaper editor attacked

QUETTA, April 16 2005: The executive editor of daily Mashriq, Quetta, Mr Kamran Mumtaz, was attacked by some people in his office on Friday. It was reported that three persons barged into the office of Mr Mumtaz and asked him why was his newspaper not publishing statements and press releases of their party. The assailants, […]