Freedom of Expression | Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) - Part 3
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Jameel Farooqui says police tortured, stripped him down

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Senior Anchorperson Bol News Jameel Farooqui, while handcuffed and being escorted by Islamabad Police, said he was tortured and stripped naked. “On order of the Interior Ministry, just because I am speaking the truth, they tortured, stripped me naked and slapped me. Islamabad Police have secured my transit remand from court to bring me to […]


PPF calls for immediate release of Awami Awaz reporter Ilyas Samoo

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) calls for the immediate release of Ilyas Samoo, district reporter of daily Awami Awaz, who is also the president of Bandar Press Club. On August 19, Samo was arrested by the Keti Bandar Police Station in Thatta, ostensibly in charges of carrying an illegal weapon. However, speaking to PPF, Ilyas Samoo’s […]


PPF urges PEMRA to revoke ban on live broadcasts of former prime minister Imran Khan’s speeches; alarmed by disruptions in YouTube access

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) urges the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take back its orders to prohibit the broadcast of live speeches by former prime minister Imran Khan. We are also alarmed by reports of disruptions in access to YouTube during Khan’s rally on August 21. Restricting coverage of speeches by a senior […]


Thatta journalist who highlighted havoc caused by rain arrested

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KARACHI—Sindh Police have arrested a journalist who went missing for 24 hours while reporting on the coastal area and bringing to light the devastation caused by the rains. According to Freedom Network, police arrested Ilyas Samu, a Thatta-based journalist reporting for Sindhi newspaper Awami Awaz from the coastal area of Thatta. Reportedly, the journalist was […]


Bol TV anchor Jameel Farooqui ‘arrested’ in Karachi for falsely accusing Islamabad police of assaulting Gill

Whereabouts of anchorperson and popular YouTuber Jameel Farooqui remained unknown on Monday as Islamabad police said he had been arrested in Karachi for falsely accusing the law enforcement agency of physically and sexually assaulting PTI leader Shahbaz Gill while Zaman Town SHO Zahid Lodhi denied any such step by the local police. A spokesperson for […]


BOL transmission blocked for several hours for airing Imran Khan’s speech

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ISLAMABAD— the transmission of BOL News TV was blocked for several hours Sunday in different areas of the country, reportedly under the instructions of regulator PEMRA. According to BOL, the regulator ordered the cable operators to block the transmission. In many areas, including Shikarpur, Jhang, Sargodha, Jhelum, Hafizabad, Khushab, and adjoining locations, there was no […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) GIVES 72-HOUR ULTIMATUM TO RESTORE ARY NEWS TRANSMISSION

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has given 72-hour ultimatum to the incumbent government to restore ARY News transmission. Secretary General of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Rana Azeem has said that if the broadcasting of ARY News is not restored within 72 hours and the cases against journalists are not terminated, then they […]


Imran Riaz taken off air by Express News

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Lahore: Anchor and YouTuber Imran Riaz Khan on Monday revealed that he has been stopped from going on air on his show on Express News. In an Urdu language statement issued on Twitter, Imran Riaz said, “When I went to Express News office to do my show I was told, ‘we are sorry we cannot […]


Journalist granted interim bail

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ISLAMABAD: Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Zeba Chaudhry on Tuesday granted pre-arrest interim bail to journalist Khawar Ghumman in the FIR registered for inciting mutiny. Ghumman has applied for pre arrest bail in the case. The court after hearing the preliminary arguments granted him pre-arrest bail till Aug 24 against Rs50,000 surety bonds. The […]


Pemra denies role in suspension of ARY News

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday directed the Pakistan Elect­ronic Media Regulatory Aut­hority (Pemra) to issue a circular that it has not suspended the transmission of ARY News and has no objection if cable operators restore the channel at the same position as it was operating earlier. The bench comprising Justice Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan […]


PPF strongly condemns government decision to revoke ARY News NOC; demand notice for NOC cancellation be taken back

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) strongly condemns the government’s decision to cancel the “No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for ARY, that effectively suspended news transmission from this television channel. However the Sindh High Court has since suspended the notice to cancel the NOC till August 17. We urge the authorities to ensure that the notice is not just […]


PFUJ ANNOUNCES PROTEST AGAINST CANCELLATION OF ARY NEWS NOC

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Central Secretary General Rana Azeem has announced a protest outside Parliament House against the cancellation of ARY News NOC. According to details, PFUJ Central Secretary General Rana Azeem has strongly condemned the government’s move to cancel ARY News NOC. He noted that the journalists union has summoned an […]


Sindh High Court SHC suspends ministry notice on ARY News

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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The Sindh High Court on Saturday suspended an interior ministry notice until Aug 17 that cancelled security clearance of ARY News. A bench comprising Justice Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry also issued notices to the interior secretary, the chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, a federal law officer and other defendants for the hearing on […]


Interior ministry cancels NOC of ARY News

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The Ministry of Interior has cancelled the no-objection certificate (NOC) of ARY Communications Private Ltd, citing “adverse reports from agencies” as the reason behind the decision, it emerged on Friday. The notification issued by the ministry, dated August 11, to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) reads: “The NOC issued in favour of M/S […]