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Journalists barred entry into North Waziristan

On 18 July 2007, police stopped two senior journalists and a cameraman from entering the North Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan that border Afghanistan. Dr. Shahid Masood, the host of a locally popular TV show, and Rahimullah Yusufzai, the executive editor of “The News” in Peshawar, were en route […]


CPJ selects Mazhar for Press Freedom Award

KARACHI (July 19 2007): The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has selected Secretary General of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Mazhar Abbas, for the ‘International Press Freedom Award’. A statement issued here on Wednesday said the 17th Annual International Press Freedom Awards (IPFA), would be presented at a dinner ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel […]


Conflict reporting

S.M. Hali The gory account of the Lal Masjid-Jamia Hafsa complex has been covered, discussed and analysed so thoroughly by my media colleagues that it leaves little to be added. However, one aspect that needs to be highlighted in the context of the recent episode is that of “conflict reporting”. The revolution in information technology, […]


Billboards are here to stay

RAWALPINDI – Despite tall claims of City District Government and Cantonment authorities to scale down the size of huge billboards hovering all over the city posing serious threat to life and property of the people. Taking serious notice of the situation Corps Commander Rawalpindi had called a meeting of both the heads of City District […]


Influx of movies for cinema industry after many years

LAHORE – There was a time when the cinemas were closing down or turning into theatres for stage plays. Now the reverse trend has begun and the latest to come back in the fold of cinema industry is Alfalah theatre, which would screen Bollywood flick ‘Awarapan’ from 20th of this month. In year 2000 Alfalah […]


CNN team denied entry to Lal Masjid

ISLAMABAD, July 12: The government on Thursday stopped the reporter and the cameraman of the US-based CNN (Cable News Network) television channel from entering the Lal Masjid complex, which was opened to the media for the first time after the military operation against militants. A government source told Dawn that CNN was denied access to […]


Lal Masjid issue-Mystery shrouds exact casualty figures, media visit put off

ISLAMABAD, July 11: The government said on Wednesday that army commandos had wiped out all militant resistance in IslamabadÂ’s Lal Masjid compound after an eight-day operation, but withheld from the media some vital information about the civilian casualty toll. A witness, who had access to the two buildings, told Dawn of having seen piles of […]


Pemra issues show-cause notice to FM radio

ISLAMABAD (July 11 2007): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has served a show-cause notice to an FM radio asking it to explain why penalty should not be imposed for flouting the code of conduct. The code of conduct says that no programme shall be aired which is likely to encourage and incite violence or […]


Shoot-at-sight orders | Journalists barred from hospitals

The authorities on Tuesday barred journalists from visiting all major hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The decision was apparently aimed at preventing the journalists from assessing the exact number of causalities in the operation against the Lal Masjid militants. Most of the injured people were rushed to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Rawalpindi. Private […]


Islamabad Press Club sealed

ISLAMABAD – Law enforcement agencies Sunday sealed Islamabad Press Club situated near Melody, close to Lal Masjid. The security officials got the Press Club building vacated from the journalists covering the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa operation. However, ISPR Chief Maj General Arshad Waheed said that security forces had not sealed the Press Club building. […]


DCO Chitral barred journalists to cover Shundor festival

District Coordination Officer barred journalists from covering the Shundor festival. These journalists were sent by Ministry of Tourism for the coverage of the festival. Journalists were not provided accommodation. Journalists protested against misbehavior. DCO rejected the PTDC request to provide accommodation to journalists. PTDC had to arrange residence in emergency. Journalists had asked Minister for […]


Security officials restrict media

State security officials Sunday allegedly misbehaved with journalists and restricted journalists to perform their professional duties without any reasons. They refused to accept cards issued by Press Information Department. Journalists were barred to reach the camp set up for media. Journalists protested against it. Officials gave clearance after confirmation from lists provided by PID. Journalists […]


Arrest warrants issued against chief editor, two others: Defamation case

RAWALPINDI, July 6: Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Chaudhry Imtiaz here on Wednesday issued warrants for the arrests of three journalists for writing and publishing derogatory remarks against lawyers and their ongoing movement in favour of the chief justice. The judge directed the police to arrest and produce Khalil Malik, chief editor Shura; Sajawal […]


CD shops set on fire in Miramshah

MIRAMSHAH, July 4: Five music shops were burnt in Miramshah Bazaar on Tuesday night in the North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday. Local people said that unidentified men sprinkled petrol over the shops at the main bazaar and set them on fire. All shops were gutted. Militants had warned cassettes and CD shop owners in the […]