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APNS to take wage award case to high courts

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Societys wage board committee, which met on April 12, with APNS President Arif Nizami in the chair, decided to file constitutional petitions before the respective high courts to seek legal remedy to protect the newspaper industry from financial crisis accruing under the 7th Wage Board Award, says a press release […]


MMA takes up press freedom issue in Senate

ISLAMABAD – The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has moved three adjournment motions in the Senate against the recent incidents of violation of the press freedom. The MMA leader, Senator Professor Khurshid Ahmad, expressed his strong reaction over the incidents and moved motion to take up the issue in the Senate. He reacted strongly to a report […]


Freedom of expression key to good governance

ISLAMABAD – A discussion on ‘Freedom of Information’ was held in Islamabad the other day to generate dialogue between civil society and parliamentarians. The programme was organized by the Center for Democracy and Development in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Different parliamentarians, political figures, and representatives of media including Farhatullah Babar, Mehnaz […]


Women’s bar planned in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government has asked the District Bar Association (DBA) to prepare a feasibility report for establishing a women’s bar and solving problems at the district courts building. This was stated by minister for local bodies and parliamentary affairs Mohammed Basharat Raja while speaking to the members of the DBA on April 10. Mr […]


Press boycotts assembly session

KARACHI: Journalists covering the Sindh Assembly proceedings have boycotted the remaining sessions of the House on April 9, due to misbehaviour and insulting attitude of police officials deputed at the main assembly gate. Reporters and photographers held an emergency meeting at the assembly’s pressroom and condemned police’s bad behaviour with them. It was also observed […]


Gender in journalism Awards 2004

KARACHI — The winners of “Gender in journalism Awards 2004″ jointly sponsored by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and UNESCO, will be announced at a function to be held in Islamabad, on April 12, on International Press Freedom Day. There are two categories of awards. The first one – Excellent Gender Sensitive Reporting by male or […]


Vehicle carrying journalists come under fire

PESHAWAR: The Executive Editor of The News International, Rahimullah Yusufzai along with two foreign journalists and his driver, escaped a life attempt when unknown culprits opened fire on their vehicle in Masam Khan Adda near Qila Shah Beg on April 9. The world-fame journalist, accompanied by two foreign journalists, correspondents of The National Geographic magazine […]


Poland making film on World War II refugees

KARACHI: The story of Polish refugees who took shelter in Karachi during World War II will be retold in a documentary being prepared by a state television journalist from Poland. The filmmaker, Anna Pietraszek, is preparing at least two documentaries that would help promote relations between the two countries. After the Soviet invasion of Poland […]


SC bench dismisses APNS petition

ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench on April 8, dismissed a petition of the APNS, challenging The Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) Act 1973 for being “not maintainable.” After hearing the petition for five days, the bench headed by Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, said in its unanimous short order, that the petitioner could not invoke the […]


Journalist’s appeal hearing postponed

On 31 March 2004, Munawar Mohsin, a subeditor of the Peshawar-based national daily “Frontier Post”, was scheduled to appear in court. His appeal was postponed, however, because his lawyer, Zhur-ul Haq, had a scheduling conflict. No new date was set for the examination of Mohsin’s appeal. The bench consisted of Justices Tariq Pervaiz and Dosht […]


APNS case hearing to conclude today

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court bench hearing the APNS petition challenging the vires of the law under which the Wage Board is constituted to determine the salaries of newspaper workers , on Wednesday, asked the lawyers to complete their arguments by April 8. The bench which has been hearing the case on a daily basis since […]


Journalists walk out of NA

ISLAMABAD: Journalists on April 6, evening staged a walkout from the press gallery of the Parliament House to protest against Minister for Information Sheikh Rashid Ahmed for not fulfilling his commitment regarding provision of financial support to a journalist for his treatment abroad. It may be mentioned that the journalists staged a walkout from the […]


Another Karo-kari victim escapes punishment

KARACHI: Rozina Ujjan wife of Sadiq Uhrain narrowly escaped from becoming victim of Karo-kari and managed to arrive here on April 5. According to details, Rozina, teacher by profession, was married to Uhrain five months ago. She was accused of having illicit relations with a fifteen-year-old boy in her village in District Khairpur. Rozina, four-month […]


APNS president and secretary general elected

KARACHI: Arif Nizami of Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications and Mohammad Aslam Kazi of Daily Kawish were re-elected as President and Secretary General of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) by the Executive Committee elect for the second term. The newly elected Executive Committee holding its first meeting in Karachi, also elected Syed Faseih Iqbal of Daily […]