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RSF urges CW Secretary-General to intervene

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) is calling on Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon, to intervene with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali on behalf of four jailed journalists. The call follows the Commonwealth’s May 22 decision to re-admit Pakistan, five years after it was suspended following the military coup that […]


KU moot on journalism begins

KARACHI – Maintaining that Urdu press catered to the feelings and aspirations of the people, speakers at a national conference noted that it needed to make headway with respect to content and presentation. They expressed the view that the Urdu newspapers relied mostly on political or protocol statements, instead of event-reporting, commentary and analysis, which […]


Changes in Urdu journalism suggested

KARACHI – As 90 per cent population of the country read Urdu newspapers, they should be considered a vital force for maintaining solidarity, unity and integration among various sections of society. Speakers on the first day (May 24) of a national conference on Urdu journalism proposed many suggestions for bringing about qualitative changes in Urdu […]


Wage Award implemented by Labour Ministry

ISLAMABAD – A spokesman of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has stated that the Ministry has always tried to act as a bridge between the publishers and the working journalists and has repeatedly tried to resolve the issues through dialogue between the two stakeholders. The spokesman said although the Wage Board Award is implemented […]


Qualitative changes in Urdu journalism suggested

KARACHI – As 90 per cent population of the country read Urdu newspapers, they should be considered a vital force for maintaining solidarity, unity and integration among various sections of society. Speakers on the first day (May 24) of a national conference on Urdu journalism proposed many suggestions for bringing about qualitative changes in Urdu […]


Deteriorating press – government relations

KARACHI – The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), while commenting on the statement issued at the end of the co-ordination meeting of provincial information ministers chaired by the Federal Information Minister, according to which the provinces demanded that government advertising be linked to implementation of the 7th Wage Board Award, has expressed concern at the […]


Journalists urged to work against gender bias

KARACHI – Sindh Minister for Women Development Dr. Saeeda Malik on May 21 called upon the journalist community to step up their efforts against gender discrimination and biased attitude against womenfolk. She was speaking at the concluding ceremony of a three-day workshop on Media and Democratic Government with Focus on Gender Justice and Democracy, organized […]


Journalists protest for Wage Board Award

PESHAWAR – “Stop economic murder of the workers of newspapers”, read a banner in the protest march of the Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) on May 20. The union activists, while concluding a three-day strike camp, led a demonstration from the Peshawar Press Club to the Peshawar High Court to protest against the non­implementation of […]


NAB launches radio programme

ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has recovered Rs180 billion during the last four years, the NAB chairman, Lt-Gen Munir Hafiz, said on May 20 while answering a question in a radio programme launched by the bureau on Radio Pakistan’s FM-101 channel. The programme has been launched in collaboration with Radio Pakistan to create […]


Pressure on journalists deplored

KARACHI – The Karachi Union of Journalists has expressed its deep concern over reports of pressure from the government and political groups on journalists working in the electronic media and criticized the tone of the remarks of the federal information minister over the coverage of PML leader Shahbaz Sharif’s arrival and forced departure. In a […]


KUJ concerned at pressure tactics by govt

KARACHI – Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) has expressed its deep concern over what it says the “pressure tactics” by the government and political groups on electronic media journalists, according to a KUJ press release. KUJ president Mazhar Abbas and general secretary Fazil Jamili in a joint statement said the tone and tenor exhibited by […]


Free Press

Letter to the editor… What is the power of free press? Why real democracy is considered as the best form of political system? The exposure of Abu Ghraib jail tortures by American soldiers who were supposed to protect the rights of prisoners have proved that those who were trained to kill the other fellowmen are […]


Media enjoy unhindered freedom, Musharraf

ISLAMABAD – President General Pervez Musharraf on May 15 called for passing a law to ban honour killing and said the Hudood Ordinance and the Blasphemy Law be studied afresh to ensure that they are not misused. Reaffirming commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights at a convention on Sensitization and Adoption of […]


Media enjoy unhindered freedom, Musharraf

ISLAMABAD – President General Pervez Musharraf on May 15 called for passing a law to ban honour killing and said the Hudood Ordinance and the Blasphemy Law be studied afresh to ensure that they are not misused. Reaffirming commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights at a convention on Sensitization and Adoption of […]