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Hamid Mir offers apology, says he didn’t want to defame army

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ISLAMABAD: Senior jour­nalist Hamid Mir has offered apology over his recent speech at a protest against attacks on journalists and said he had no intention to defame Pakistan Army. A joint statement issued by a committee formed by the Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ), the National Press Club and Mr Mir on Tuesday said […]


PPF pays tribute to journalist Noor Hakim killed in the line of duty 14 years ago

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) pays tribute to Daily Pakistan correspondent and Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ) Vice President Noor Hakim who was killed fourteen years ago in a roadside bomb in Bajaur Agency of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas. On June 2, 2007, Hakim was travelling alongside Nazukai Salarzai tribe chief Malik Muhammad Ayaz, […]


Authorities close to tracing one suspect in attack on journalist, says minister

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Tuesday said the authorities were close to tracking down one of the suspects responsible for physically assaulting journalist Asad Ali Toor in the federal capital last week. He said the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and police were conducting an inquiry into the […]


Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) summons journalist Asad Toor in inquiry about ‘defamation of government institution’

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The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday issued a summons to journalist and YouTuber Asad Ali Toor to appear before it and record his statement in an inquiry regarding “defamation” of a government institution through social media. A notice titled ‘Order for attendance under Section 160 CrPC for recording of statement’, a copy of which […]


Opposition vows to resist steps to gag media

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Monday expressed concern over the government’s plan to establish the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) through an ordinance and vowed to resist it with full force, terming it an attempt to gag the media in the country. In a statement, PML-N information secretary […]


Journalists, rights bodies condemn move to take TV anchor Hamid Mir ‘off air’

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Journalist bodies and human rights organisations on Monday condemned the move to take veteran journalist and TV show host Hamid Mir “off air”. Mir told BBC Urdu he had been informed by the Geo News management that he would “not go on air on Monday” to host his five-days-a-week show Capital Talk. Although there was […]


Sindh Human Rights Defenders Network (SHRDN) hails legislation to protect journalists in Sindh

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The Sindh Human Rights Defenders Network (SHRDN) has lauded the landmark legislation adopted by the provincial assembly to protect journalists. The Sindh province has always been ahead in enacting pieces of legislation, be it on women’s rights, journalists or peasants. “We believe that the Sindh Protection of Journalists bill 2021 will help protect the journalists […]


Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND) rejects Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) ordinance

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ISLAMABAD: Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND) has rejected newly proposed ‘Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) ordinance. Detailed discussion was held on the draft of PMDA, shared by government, during an urgent meeting of AEMEND which was held via video link, says a press release on Monday. AEMEND termed the newly proposed […]


Statement by Jang and Geo Group

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ISLAMABAD: In a protest demonstration by civil society and media rights organisations for a journalist Asad Toor who was beaten up by yet to be identified men, Geo’s senior anchorperson Hamid Mir made a speech that has resulted in a backlash from different segments of society. The Editorial Committee and lawyers will check for violation […]


Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) calls on the authorities to investigate the physical assault of three journalists

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) calls on the relevant authorities to investigate the physical assault of three journalists in the Mirpur Mathelo city in Ghotki district of the Sindh province. We call upon the officials to register a first information report (FIR) and initiate legal proceedings into the incident. On May 28, Mirpur Mathelo Police tortured Awaz […]


Proposed ordinance to create super regulator for media termed ‘media martial law’ by apex union of journalists, lawyers and human right bodies

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The Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by and concerned about the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority Ordinance (2021) proposed by the Government of Pakistan, that seeks to centralize all media regulatory structures in Pakistan and create a ‘converged’ regulatory authority. This proposed ordinance will have a devastating effect on free speech and press freedom […]


A Faulty Ordinance

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Several laws impacting the media sector are in the works. Some, like the Sindh Protection of Journalists and other Media Practitioners Bill, 2021, have been seen as a step in the right direction since official safeguards for the media fraternity are highly necessary, as seen by the recent attacks on journalists. Other bills, however, have […]


Ghotki Police torture journalists

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SUKKUR: The Mirpur Mathello Police have tortured journalists, who were allegedly reporting about the police’s private torture cells. Later, the journalists staged a sit-in in front of the SSP office, Ghotki. Reports said the police allegedly tortured the journalists, identified as Latif Veesar, Barkat Mirani and Khalid Veesar from Mirpur Mathello, when they were trying […]


Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) receives threats

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Vice Chairman Khushdil Khan on Friday strongly condemned the threats against its Journalist Defence Committee. In a statement, the PBC Chairman said he has been apprised of the threats sent to the legal team representing journalist Asad Ali Toor, condemning the “blatant attempts to intimidate and threaten those who work […]