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TV channel fails to telecast interview

ISLAMABAD – A private TV channel failed to telecast a live interview of Pakistan Muslim League-N president Mian Shahbaz Sharif on May 9 night without giving any specific reason leaving a large number of viewers in deep mystery as to why the interview was not telecast. The London-based Pakistani news and current affairs channel kept […]


Press Freedom Day and Punjabi dailies

By STM “More journalists were killed in 2003 than in any year since 1995… A black year if ever there was one,” Reporters Sans Frontiers said in its annual report released to coincide with the World Press Freedom Day (which fell on May 3 last). Forty-two journalists were killed “while doing their job or for […]


Initial report denies rape of girl

MULTAN – Initial medical report of the unmarried victim of the Kabirwala case has belied the claim that she was raped. The report says ‘Mz’ is still virgin and there are no torture marks on her body that suggest any violent act committed against her. However, the police want to have her detail examination from […]


Talking loud on women’s insecurity

By Nusrat Nasarullah With the way power failures have made life in Karachi still more frustrating and challenging, one would have wanted to begin with that, but a story in May 7 issue of Metropolitan, which highlights the shameful and rather painful details of how “women feel insecure at workplace,” made me change my mind. […]


Girl killed by brother over Karo-Kari

SUKKUR – A girl was killed by her brother over the pretext of Karo-Kari in village Daro, in the jurisdiction of Gaheja police station in Shikarpur district in the wee hours of April 6. Accused Zaheer Ahmed fled after killing his sister Sajida. Ghulam Sarwar Junejo, a relative of deceased has registered an FIR with […]


Yousafzai marks two weeks in detention

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has said it is extremely concerned about the fate of Newsweek journalist Sami Yousafzai about whom the Pakistani authorities refuse to give any information either about the reasons or place of his detention. Nothing has been heard of the Afghan journalist, working for the US magazine, since his arrest […]


Survey reports of CPJ, RSF & Freedom House

CPJ, RSF, Freedom House survey global press freedom trends As journalists and free-expression groups around the world celebrated World Press Freedom Day, three IFEX members highlighted the global challenges facing press freedom, including increased safety risks for media in conflict zones and weakening democracies. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) put Iraq at the top […]


IFJ Press Freedom Report for South Asia

Release of second annual IFJ Press Freedom Report for South Asia The year since May 2003 has been a turbulent time for journalists in South Asia. As in previous years, governments, insurgents, terrorists, corrupt officials, gangsters and fundamentalists of all religions were seen to be targeting media for its free and fearless reporting. Despite major […]


World Press Freedom Day

Today on May 3, 2004, journalists and press-freedom advocates around the world are celebrating World Press Freedom Day – a day to remember the vital role press freedom plays in fostering healthy democracies and free societies. In dozens of countries, being a journalist often means risking one’s life to get a story. In 2003, 42 […]


What’s the point of press freedom?

By Amartya Sen IT is not always easy to love the media. The press can torment and harass through distorted reporting, and it can also ruin lives through targeted invasions of privacy. The ability to do great good rarely comes without some power to do harm, and the free press is no exception to this […]


Media plays vital role in press freedom

KARACHI – “In observing World Press Freedom Day, we draw attention to the crucial role that free, independent and pluralistic media play in the democratic process”, said Director General UNESCO Kochiro Matsuura on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day to be celebrated on May 3rd. “Respecting the media’s independence and recognizing the fundamental right […]


Press Freedom Day today

ISLAMABAD – World Press Freedom Day is being observed May 3, to remember and stress importance of free Press in a free society and time to honour those nations that embrace one of democracy’s most essential rights. The day is being observed in commemoration with the anniversary of the 1991 signing of the ‘Windhoek Declaration’ […]


World Press Freedom Day on May 3

ISLAMABAD – Monday, May 3, is World Press Freedom Day, to remember and stress importance of free press in a free society and time to honour those nations that embrace one of democracy’s most essential rights. The day is being observed in commemoration with the anniversary of the 1991 signing of the ‘Windhoek Declaration’ in […]


Media plays vital role in press freedom

KARACHI – “In observing World Press Freedom Day, we draw attention to the crucial role that free, independent and pluralistic media play in the democratic process”, said Director General UNESCO Kochiro Matsuura on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day to be celebrated on May 3rd. “Respecting the media’s independence and recognizing the fundamental right […]