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PFUJ, APNEC condemn murder of Hayatullah

KARACHI, June 17 2006: The Pakistan Federal of Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the (AII Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation (APNEC), in a press release have condemned. the murder of senior journalist Hayatullah Khan, whose body was found on June 16, six months after he was abducted and suspected the role of government agencies and the […]


Updated ‘Missing’ journalist’s body found

PESHAWAR, June 17 2006: A tribal journalist missing for about seven months has been killed. His body was found lying outside a village in Mirali in the restive North Waziristan tribal region on June 16 afternoon. His hands chained, the 29-year-old Hayatullah Khan had been shot from behind, his brother Ihsanullah Khan Dawar told Dawn […]


Journalists receive threats for reporting on quasi judicial decision of traditional feudal assembly

KARACHI, June 15 2006: Two rural journalists receive threats for reporting on quasi judicial decision of traditional feudal assembly Two rural journalists in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh received death threats from feudal lords for reporting on the quasi judicial decision of Jirga (traditional feudal assembly) to give in marriage five minor girls to the […]


Six journalists injured in a rural press club attack in Pakistan

Karachi, June 15 2006: Attack on Rural Press Club in Pakistan. About fifty persons attacked journalists in a rural press club in Pakistan on June 14, 2006, injuring six newsmen. About fifty persons riding a tractor barged into the press club of Thari Mirwah, a small town located in Khairpur district of Pakistan’s southern province […]


Journalists throng streets to mourn fallen comrade

PESHAWAR, June 19 2006: Rallies and processions to condemn the brutal killing of Hayatullah Dawar continued on June 18, severely lashing out at the state-run agencies over the poor law and order situation. Journalists of Mardan district staged a protest demonstration against the tribal journalist, Hayatullah, which besides others was attended by district and tehsil […]


Journalist complains of harassments

KARACHI, March 13, 2006: A senior journalist on Sunday lodged a complaint with Defence Police Station that his house had been robbed. Rasheed Channa stated that criminals took away his computer, CDs, some of his personal files, documents and valuables, including Rs4,000 in cash. He, however, claimed that it was not a case of robbery […]


Obscene plays invade cable TV

PESHAWAR, Feb 9: Brimful of violence and vulgarity, Pushto CD dramas are being shown by cable operators right under the nose of the regulatory authorities. Having all alluring ingredients of a Pashto action movie, these dramas, produced by local production houses, are getting popular among citizens. “Hardly any different from Pashto movies subject-wise, the CD […]


CPNE rejects amendments in Press Council draft

KARACHI, January 25 2006: The Standing Committee of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors CPNE has rejected the proposed amendment in draft Press Council saying that such amendments would give it an status of ‘Special Court’ against the newspapers instead of an independent and volunteer body. The meeting, presided over by CPNE chief Arif Nizami, noted […]


TV Journalist manhandled by Railway Police

NAWABSHAH, January 24 2006: A TV journalist was beaten and arrested by Railway Police while he was making footage of railway police action against the encroachment on Railway Land at Nawabshah on Monday 23 January 2006. According to press report, Railway Police snatched camera, press card and cash along with other papers from Rizwan Thebo […]


Security problem forces journalists to leave South Waziristan

Behroz Khan PESHAWAR, January 19 2006: Journalists working with electronic and print media have left South Waziristan agency due to security concerns. The situation in the adjoining North Waziristan agency is almost the same as the community is sandwiched between the respective administrations and militants for reporting about the situation. At present, not a single […]


Journalists barred from Bajaur

PESHAWAR, January 18 2006: The political administration of Bajaur Agency on Tuesday January 17 barred journalists from entering into the agency in the aftermath of the US airstrike that killed 18 people, on January 13. According to a news report Haroon Rashid of BBC Urdu Service along with AVT Khyber reporter Mehmood Jan Babar and […]


Media wrapping itself in self-censorship: report

Iftikhar A. Khan ISLAMABAD, January 05 2006: Pakistan’s media remained critical and vibrant during the year 2005, but are being “entrapped in an elaborate system of self-censorship”. This was observed in a report titled “Media Monitor South Asia 2005” released by the South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) here on Wednesday January 4. Generally, says […]


IFJ condemns attack on newspaper offices

TORONTO, January 04 2006: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Tuesday January 3 expressed deep concern about the concerted attacks on newspaper offices in Pakistan. IFJ President, Christopher Warren joined IFJ affiliate Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), as well as the Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ), Sindhi Media Forum (SMF) and the Karachi Press […]


Journalists meet NWFP governor expressing concern over journalist’s kidnapping

PESHAWAR, January 03 2006: A 6-member delegation of local journalist headed by a senior journalist and President of Peshawar Press Club, Syed Bukhar Shah, called on the NWFP Governor Khalil-ur-Rehamn here at Governor’s House on Monday January 2. Members of the delegation expressed their concern over the kidnapping of a tribal journalist Hayatullah in North […]