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Khawar Rizvi released on bail

QUETTA: Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, a Pakistani reporter who was arrested after being accused of helping French journalists make a “fake film” about the Taliban, was released on bail on March 29, prison officials said. An anti-terrorism court in Quetta granted Khawar Mehdi Rizvi bail of Rs 200,000, they said. Intelligence authorities arrested Rizvi in December […]


Ten Sports cameraman declared persona non grata

David Dries Van, cameraman of Ten Sports was declared persona non grata and deported from Pakistan for his indecent behaviour with staff of a hotel in Multan. He was in the city to cover India and Pakistan cricket test match series. According to press reports, David Dries Van twice misbehaved and tried to molest a […]


“I did nothing wrong”, says freed journalist

Journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi was released from prison in Quetta on March 29, by order of the local anti-terrorist court, though he will be on bail and must still appear in court to face charges of “conspiracy” and “sedition.” He said he had not broken the law and had simply done his job as a […]


PEMRA warns TV cable operators of action

KARACHI: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Sindh Region, has warned the cable operators to improve their service otherwise legal action will be taken against them. This was decided at the 15th meeting of Council of Complaints of the authority held March 27, presided over by Commissioner of COC, Nazim F. Haji. The meeting highlighted […]


Khawar Mehdi granted bail

Quetta — The judge on March 27, granted bail to Khawar Mehdi Rizvi a journalist accused of treason after he worked with two Frenchmen reporting on Taliban milita, a defense lawyer said. Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, was arrested in December along with reporter Marc Epsein and photographer Jean Paul Guilloteau of L’Express magazine. Authorities claim the […]


Is the global media fair to Pakistan? by Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema

Article… Prior to responding to the above mentioned question a more important question that needs to be looked at is whether or not media can be objective. Theoretically it may be possible to have an objective media but practically it is impossible for media to be objective though there are many instances in which one […]


APNS and CPNE concerned over ban of government ads

KARACHI: The APNS-CPNE Joint Action Committee which met under co-chairmanship of Shakil-ur-Rahman, President CPNE and Syed Faseih Iqbal, Senior Vice President APNS, expressed their concern over the ban of government advertisements to a section of the press. The Committee noted that the long drawn ban on the advertisements to the publications have disenchanted the member […]


Journalists send letters to Rumsfeld over reporters’ deaths

NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) sent a letter on March 25, to US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, voicing alarm at last week’s shooting deaths of two television reporters in Baghdad. CPJ said the deaths were “especially troubling” as they occurred just days before the military presented a report on the death of […]


Recovery of journalist

On March 26, Shahbaz Pathan, correspondent of “Daily Halchal” in Sukkur was released by kidnappers. According to news reports, he was released on pressure from police and influential persons. Police told that he was taken to a nearby rest house where kidnappers tied him and interrogated about his assets. Shahbaz Pathan is the younger brother […]


APNS, CPNE strategy on ads ban today

KARACHI – Syed Faseih lqbal, the Convenor Action Committee of APNS and Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, President CPNE in a statement have announced that a joiint meeting of APNS and CPNE Action Committees shall be held on March 26, 2004, at 3:30 p.m. at CPNE Secretariat, Karachi. APNS Executive Committee at its meeting held on March 15, […]


Protest against ban on government ads to Nawa-i-Waqt

DERA GHAZI KHAN – Activists of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith staged a protest demonstration on March 25, against the government’s ban to release advertisements to Nawa-i-Waqt and The Nation. Qari Abdul jabbar, Abdur Rauf, Haji Muhammad Latif Suhail, Hafiz Ahmad Hassan Advocate, Inamul Haq Hashmi and Hafiz Abdul Karim addressed the participants of the protest […]


APNS, CPNE committees’ joint meeting

KARACHI: A joint meeting of the action committees of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) will be held at the CPNE secretariat on March 26, at 3.30pm, says a press release of the APNS. The joint meeting shall consider and finalize the proposals of the executive committee for […]


Media prevented from reporting independently on army offensive in South Waziristan

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) protested today at Pakistan’s concerted efforts to stop foreign and local journalists freely covering army’s offensive against armed Taliban and Al-Qaeda supporters in Wana region of South Waziristan. At least four journalists have been arrested and a dozen more barred entering the area. The press freedom organization said government’s […]


Committee to Protect Journalists surveys worldwide attacks on the press.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in the year 2003, 36 journalists were killed and 136 imprisoned for doing their jobs. CPJ’s annual survey, Attacks on the Press in 2003, documents instances of media repression in 95 countries. Such repression included assassination, assault, imprisonment, censorship, and legal harassment. The report noted that the […]