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Journalists observe hunger strike in Sukkur

SUKKUR: Local journalists observed a token hunger strike at press club on March 17, in protest against police failure to recover newsman Shahbaz Pathan and his companion Naveed Mangi who were kidnapped 15 days ago. The protesting journalists said that Sindh Chief Minister Ali Mohammad Mahar had told a delegation of journalists in Rohri some […]


Imprisoned journalist’s hearing to be held tomorrow

New York – Imprisoned freelance journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi is scheduled to appear at a court hearing tomorrow in southwestern city of Quetta, Pakistan. According to local journalists, the court will consider whether Rizvi’s upcoming trial on sedition charges will be held in anti-terrorism court or regular court. The charges against Rizvi stem from his […]


CPNE concerned over ad ban

KARACHI: Council of Newspaper Editors has expressed concern over the ban on government advertisements to Nawa-i-Waqt group of publications, says a press release. CPNE also expressed concern over reduction of or ban on government advertisements in some other newspapers. A high-powered committee was formed to resolve the issue, concerning the Nawa-i-Waqt group. The press release […]


APNS forms committee on ads issue

KARACHI – All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has strongly condemned the ban of government advertisements to Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications and formed an action committee to chalk out further course of actions for restoration of ads and ensure their equitable and judicious flow to genuine publications, stated a spokesman of the Society. In a resolution, […]


LG by-polls No nominations filed on 50pc women’s seats in NWFP

PESHAWAR: More than 50 per cent women’s reserved seats in the province will remain vacant as conservative norms obstructed women from taking part in the by-polls. The NWFP is generally regarded as a conservative region where religious and tribal leaders have always been averse to women participation in politics. The schedule for filing nomination papers […]


Women MPs warn of resistance if Hijab banned

ISLAMABAD – The female MNAs both from ruling and treasury benches on March 16, warned the government of dire consequences in case a ban is imposed on wearing head scarf for women working in public organizations specially Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIAC). The women parliamentarians from ruling and treasury benches signed a motion which MMA’s […]


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 […]


CPJ criticizes Government bans ads to newspaper group

New York, March 15, 2004-Last week, Pakistan’s Information Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, acknowledged that the government had suspended advertising in newspapers belonging to the Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications, including the English-language daily The Nation and the Urdu-language daily Nawa-i-Waqt. He denied, however, that an official ban had been issued. In February, the government effectively stopped […]


JI slates ban on NW, The Nation ads

HYDERABAD – The Jamaat-i­Islami Hyderabad on March 15 condemned the govt ban on advertisements of Nawa-i-Waqt and The Nation and called for immediate lifting of the ban. JI Hyderabad Ameer Abdul Waheed Oureshi, Shaikh Shaukat Ali, Dr, Fawad Ahmed, Rao Masood Ali Khan and Rana Mehmood Ali Khan in their joint statement termed the government […]


APNS, CPNE Faisalabad members call to lift ad ban

FAISALABAD — The APNS and the CPNE members from Faisalabad at an emergency meeting unanimously passed a resolution against the ban on government advertisements to the Nawa-i-Waqt and The Nation. The Editor Daily Business Report Abdur Rashid Ghazi chaired the meeting, held at the office of Daily Business Report. Ghazi while presenting the resolution said […]


IPI concerned over use of ads to stress newspapers

VIENNA: International Press Institute (IPI), global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 120 countries expressed concern over use of advertisements to pressure newspapers in Pakistan to curtail their criticism of the government. In a letter addressed to President Pervez Musharraf, IPI Director, Johann Frtiz said in February government banned advertising in […]


APNS executive meeting on March 15

KARACHI: The Executive Committee of the APNS will meet on March 15, 2004, at Islamabad to discuss the present state of government-press relations along with other organizational issues, stated a spokesman of the APNS. Muhammad Aslam Kazi, Secretary-General of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society, in a statement has announced that the Executive Committee members from […]


Peshawar: Women’s involvement in poll process urged

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a workshop stressed on the need of engaging womenfolk in the electoral process and urged the government to take action against those political parties who stopped women from contesting election and casting votes. The one-day workshop entitled “Media portrayal of women participation in the political process” was organized here on March 13, […]


SHC restrains PEMRA on satellite TV issue

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court restrained the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on March 12, 2004, from finalizing the process of granting licenses for satellite TV broadcast stations on an application moved by the Pakistan Herald Publications Limited. Submitted in a writ petition filed by the PHPL, the application said Rule 17 (V) of the […]