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Controlling the pen: 50 journalists booked in ‘fake cases’ of kidnapping, extortion

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KARACHI: What happens if you expose the white collar crimes of influential people? If you’re a journalist in rural Sindh, you might end up being charged with kidnapping for ransom or extortion under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). Over 30 FIRs have been registered against 50 journalists in different districts of the province, including Nawabshah, Naushero Feroze, […]


Police officer again asked to stop media interaction

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KARACHI- The provincial cabinet has re-issued orders for Sindh police officers to stay away from media interaction by appearing in television talk shows and press conferences, sources said on Thursday. Police sources said that Sindh cabinet has directed security officers again to avoid appearing in media talks shows and press conferences. However, they were permitted […]


Pemra directed to stop media from airing programmes against lawyers

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PESHAWAR: A Peshawar High Court Bench has ordered Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to issue directives to electronic media not to air derogatory and one-sided programmes and remarks against lawyers on account of Punjab Institute of Cardiology incident. The Abbottabad bench of PHC comprising Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Shakeel Ahmad ordered Pemra to […]


New media curbs

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This government is at it again. Prime Minister’s Adviser on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan told journalists that the Prime Minister has given a task to the law minister to sit with the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) officials to finalise draft of a law to curb media coverage of convicts and absconders. Without […]


Lawyer- media tensions over PIC attack coverage.

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ISLAMABAD: The once cordial relations between lawyers and the media have seemingly reached a low point after Wednesday’s attack by the legal fraternity on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore. Scores of lawyers stormed the PIC vandalizing the facility and thrashing everyone in sight apparently to “settle the score” with doctors who, they […]


Attack on PIC: Lawyers accuse media of partial reporting

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LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: After an attack at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Lahore, a joint meeting of lawyers representing various bodies of the legal fraternity severely criticised the media and charged it with partial reporting. A joint meeting of the Pakistan Bar Council, Supreme Court Bar Association, Punjab Bar Council, Lahore High Court Bar Association, Lahore […]


Sindh govt bans officers to appear in media talks, TV shows

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KARACHI- The Sindh government has im­posed a ban on officers espe­cially from police department to appear in media talks and tele­vision shows, sources said on Thursday. The provincial authorities have issued a notification which was sent to 11 government departments including police forces. According to the notification, Sindh govt officers and civil ser­vants have been restricted to […]


250 journalists jailed for their work globally: CPJ

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KARACHI: For the fourth consecutive year, at least 250 journalists have been imprisoned around the world in 2019 so far as authoritarian governments show no signs of letting up on critical media, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In its annual global survey, the CPJ found at least 250 journalists in jail in relation […]


Media coverage

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In a time when there is already talk of the media facing several restrictions, the decision at the federal cabinet on Tuesday that there should be no interviews conducted of convicted persons or any such appearance by them on TV talk shows adds a new dimension to the matter. While the law has still to […]


Lawyers beat reporters, citizens

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LAHORE: Before marching towards the Punjab Institute of Cardiology on Wednesday, lawyers gathered at GPO Chowk and tortured media representatives and several citizens. The lawyers chased away reporters and tortured reporters — Ahmad Faraz, Salim Shaikh, Hasnain Chaudhry, Hasan Hafeez, Nadeem Chaudhry, Ali Sahi, Burhanuddin, cameraman Ramzan Malik and woman journalist Ambar Qureshi. They also […]


Concern over curbs on media freedom

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ISLAMABAD: The stakeholders of the media industry on Tuesday expressed grave concern over growing incidents of unlawful and unconstitutional acts to curb press freedom and restrict free flow of information in the country. At a meeting they discussed pressure tactics against media houses, press and media advices, uncalled-for censorship and threats to journalists and media […]


Facebook blocks JI’s pages ahead of Kashmir March

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KARACHI: Facebook — one of the world’s largest social media platforms — on Monday blocked Jamaat-i-Islami’s (JI) official and other pages related to the party’s information dissemination, days ahead of its Kashmir March scheduled for Dec 22 in Islamabad, stated a JI spokesman. The JI spokesman stated that the Facebook administration without any prior notice […]


Journalists speak of media freedom at Urdu conference

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KARACHI: Whatever freedom the media enjoys today in the country was actually snatched by the media. Since independence, around 150 laws were enacted in various regimes to control journalism in Pakistan. Even today there are a total of 44 laws that are used to control the media in the country. Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas said […]


PTI fumes over removal of Kashmiris WhatsApp accounts

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MIRPUR (AJK) -The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Azad Jammu Kashmir strongly condemned Facebook administration decision to suspend the accounts on messaging service WhatsApp used by the besieged Kashmiri people in Indian-held Jammu Kashmir. While condemning the action, Ershad Mahmud, the party’s Secretary Information, said in a press statement issued on Friday that the step has completely compromised the […]