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Internet’s gatekeepers

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“The Supreme Court appropriately understood the importance of the internet to the way politics and free expression occur right now,” says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University Law School, who specialises in First Amendment law. “We cannot have a functioning First Amendment that doesn’t take First Amendment activity in a digital context into account.” […]


Prime Time: Morning Sickness

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Turn on the TV in the morning if you dare and tune in to the morning show circus. You may encounter a bride, swathed in red, with a beautician who declares that she will clean the ‘dulhan ki moochhein’ (the bride’s upper lip hair). Surf ahead and you may see 20 enterprising beauticians, bending over […]


Govt’s move to set up PMRA widely slated

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) have expressed serious concern at the establishment of Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA), replacing the existing print and electronic media statutory media bodies, maintaining that the government’s objective appears to be to control both electronic and print media. This was the outcome of […]


PMRA draconian, not acceptable, says PFUJ

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Saturday rejected the government’s recent decision to establish the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA). A joint statement issued by the PFUJ President Afzal Butt and Secretary General Ayub Jan Sarhandi said establishing the Authority would be an act worse than the Press and Publications Ordinance promulgated by […]


PPF condemns attack on journalists in Athens

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Prokopis Pavlopoulos, President of Greece has expressed deep concern over the attack on three journalists covering protests outside the parliament house in Athens. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has denounced this unjustified attack on journalists in the line of duty and called on […]


PMRA: senseless and dangerous

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AGAINST sane advice, the PTI government has moved ahead with its agenda to tighten its control over the media. On Thursday, the federal cabinet approved the creation of the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority that will enable the government to ‘regulate’ all media in the country from one platform. The step has come in the face of strong […]


APNS, CPNE assail move to form new media body

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) have criticised the federal cabinet’s decision to set up the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) that is to replace the existing bodies regulating print and electronic media. The APNS termed the decision a particularly regressive measure and the CPNE described it as […]


PPF condemns murder of radio journalist in Mexico

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico has expressed deep concern over the murder of journalist Rafael Murúa Manríquez, director of Radio Kashan FM portal. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has condemned this vicious murder of a journalist and urged to immediately investigate the […]


Legal notices to users: Twitter says it prefers to protect free speech

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KARACHI: In view of a surge in legal requests for content removal from Pakistani authorities to Twitter, the micro-blogging website has said its policy is to err on the side of freedom of expression. It has further clarified that when it receives an official report against an account or tweet, it does not necessarily mean […]


New Media Regulatory Authority gets cabinet’s nod

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ISLAMABAD –   The federal cabinet Thursday approved formation of a new Media Regulatory Authority in consultation with the journalists’ associations. Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said media representatives will be consulted on the new body. “The cabinet has approved steps for constitution of a new Media Regulatory Authority. Consultation with journalists’ associations has been recommended,” […]


PPF condemns assault on radio journalist in Lira, Uganda

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda has expressed concern over the assault on Bismack Olang, journalist with Unity FM radio based in Lira on January 18, 2019. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has condemned this unjustified act of mayor and called on the Ugandan government […]


Tragedy coverage brings out role of citizen journalism

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Social media has certainly created a lot of chaos and anarchy all across the world with a flood of fake or manipulated “news.” It will still not stop a person like me, who did nothing but full-time journalism for three decades, to admit that in countries like Pakistan “citizen journalists,” always beat us when it […]


CPNE honours senior KP journalist

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ISLAMABAD: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has awarded life time achievement award to Hafiz Sanaullah, senior journalist of KP, in recognition to his services spanning over half a century in the field of journalism. The award was given to him by President Dr Arif Alvi during Pakistan Media Convention held under the auspices […]


Putting the media in the picture

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There is no obvious allusion to the media – the proverbial fourth pillar of the state – in the erudite address delivered by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa at a full-court reference held in honour of the outgoing chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday. But, as a journalist, I feel that the media has a […]