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Pakistani reporters allowed to visit Kashmir

SRINAGAR – A group of Pakistani journalists will visit the Indian controlled portion of Kashmir for the first time since the dispute over it erupted in 1948, a newspaper chief said in September 27. The contingent of 18 journalists will spend five days in Kashmir starting on October 3, said Kashmir Times Group chairman Ved […]


Categories for 16th APNS Journalist Awards

KARACHI – Secretary General All Pakistan Newspapers Society Muhammad Aslam Kazi had announced the categories constituting the 16th APNS Journalist Awards. In a press release of the APNS issued on September 25, Aslam Kazi advised the journalists, photographers and cartoonists of member publications to submit their entries in any one of the categories. The editors […]


Free flow of information emphasized

KARACHI – The governor of State Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, has expressed hope that publication of South Asian Journal will disseminate new ideas on the issues that confront the South Asian countries and bring people of the region closer. He was speaking at the formal launching ceremony of South Asian Journal, a publication […]


Media urged to highlight environmental issues

KARACHI – Media and journalists should collectively highlight the environmental issues according to the facts in order to educate the masses. This was stated by the Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information and Archives, Salahuddin Haider, while delivering a lecture at a workshop on ‘Environmental Journalism’ organised by National Forum for Environment and Health […]


Govt believes in freedom of press

PESHAWAR – NWFP Governor Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah has said the government believes in freedom of press and it has practically proved this during last five years. However, he said, the newspapers must also uphold the national interest while reporting on sensitive issues. Talking to a joint delegation of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and […]


Defamation law to curb Press freedom

SHEIKHUPURA – Despite protests from the oppositions, the media and the legal community, government passed the Defamation Bill 2004 that has been designed mainly to protect public figures from slander by enhanced punishment, fine and speedier trial. ‘The Defamation Bill 2004 is a black law that has been introduced, to suppress freedom of the press […]


CPNE annual general meeting on September 7

KARACHI – The annual general meeting of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2004, at the Islamabad Club at 11 am to consider a four-point agenda which includes the consideration of the annual report of the CPNE for 2003-04 to be presented by Secretary-General Jabbar Khattak, the […]


Computer course for journalists starts

RAWALPINDI – A two-week computer training course for journalists, jointly organised by the Muhammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) and Rawalpindi Islamabad Press Club, started here on August 16 with a good number of journalists from different news organisations of the twin cities took part in it. The inauguration ceremony of the training course held in […]


Govt believes in freedom of the press

HAFIZABAD – While inaugu­rating the office of the newly­ published weekly ‘Zahid nama’ the Provincial Minister, Ch Shaukat Ali Bhatti has declared that the present government is press-friendly and would always welcome positive criticism for the resolution of the problems of the masses. He congratulated the Editor of the weekly’Zahid nama’, Mr Zahid Sheikh for […]


A new threat to freedom of expression

Editorial… At separate meetings in Karachi on August 2, the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) strongly criticised the new defamation bill that the government introduced in the National Assembly on July 29. The bill seeks to make amendments in the Defamation Ordinance, 2002 – already a source […]


Defamation Ord undemocratic Press law: APNS

KARACHI – While the country is facing high tide of terrorism, the government has chosen to terrorise the press by further blackening the existing draconian Defamation Ordinance 2002, stated the APNS spokesman. Syed Faseih Iqbal, Acting President and Muhammad Aslam Kazi, Secretary General, All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) have unequivocally rejected both the motivation and […]


Defamation bill to affect press freedom: APNS

ISLAMABAD – Hamid Haroon, a member of the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS), said that the government had included “tough clauses” in the draft bill of defamation, which were “against the freedom of the press, democracy and human rights”. Mr Haroon told BBC that Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat must review these laws again. “I am […]


Government chooses to terrorise press

KARACHI – While the country is facing high tide of terrorism, the government has chosen to terrorise the press by further blackening the existing draconian Defamation Ordinance 2002, stated the APNS spokesman. Syed Faseih Iqbal, Acting President, and Mohammad Aslam Kazi, Secretary General, All Pakistan Newspapers Society, have unequivocally rejected both the motivation and the […]


Govt out to terrorise press, says APNS

KARACHI – “While the country is facing high tide of terrorism, the government has chosen to terrorise the press by further blackening the existing draconian Defamation Ordinance 2002,” stated spokesman of All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS). Syed Fasih Iqbal, acting President and Muhamamd Aslam Kazi, Secretary General, APNS rejected both the motivation and rationale contained […]