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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 […]


Columnist wounded

KARACHI – A columnist of an Urdu daily was wounded when gunmen opened fire at his car on Shaheed-i-Millat Road late on April 30 night. Police said Abbas Mehkri was heading home in his car when the gunmen sprayed the vehicle with bullets. Police said the assailants were on a motorcycle. Mr. Mehkri was taken […]


Media not to carry ads on Sharif

LAHORE – The PML-N alleges that the government has directed the print media not to carry advertisements regarding return of party’s president Shahbaz Sharif. Provincial secretary-general Saad Rafiq and Mr. Sharif’s spokesman Farrukh Shah alleged at a joint press conference here on April 29 that government officials had directed newspaper editors neither to carry the […]


Journalist working for Newsweek detained

Afghan journalist working for Newsweek secretly detained for six days Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has called on the Pakistani government to provide early information about Afghan journalist Sami Yousafzai, held secretly by Pakistani security forces since April 21. He was arrested in the tribal areas where he was working with American reporter Eliza […]


Journalist released on bail

On April 21, 2004, journalist Zulfiqar Ali Khaskheli was granted bail and was discharged from People’s Medical College Hospital in Nawabshah where he was admitted after getting injured in police custody. Background: Zulfiqar Ali Khaskheli, a correspondent in the town of Nawabshah for the Hyderabad-based, Sindhi-language daily Ibrat, was severely beaten by police. It was […]


APNS to take wage award case to high courts

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Societys wage board committee, which met on April 12, with APNS President Arif Nizami in the chair, decided to file constitutional petitions before the respective high courts to seek legal remedy to protect the newspaper industry from financial crisis accruing under the 7th Wage Board Award, says a press release […]


MMA takes up press freedom issue in Senate

ISLAMABAD – The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has moved three adjournment motions in the Senate against the recent incidents of violation of the press freedom. The MMA leader, Senator Professor Khurshid Ahmad, expressed his strong reaction over the incidents and moved motion to take up the issue in the Senate. He reacted strongly to a report […]


Freedom of expression key to good governance

ISLAMABAD – A discussion on ‘Freedom of Information’ was held in Islamabad the other day to generate dialogue between civil society and parliamentarians. The programme was organized by the Center for Democracy and Development in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Different parliamentarians, political figures, and representatives of media including Farhatullah Babar, Mehnaz […]


Women’s bar planned in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government has asked the District Bar Association (DBA) to prepare a feasibility report for establishing a women’s bar and solving problems at the district courts building. This was stated by minister for local bodies and parliamentary affairs Mohammed Basharat Raja while speaking to the members of the DBA on April 10. Mr […]


Press boycotts assembly session

KARACHI: Journalists covering the Sindh Assembly proceedings have boycotted the remaining sessions of the House on April 9, due to misbehaviour and insulting attitude of police officials deputed at the main assembly gate. Reporters and photographers held an emergency meeting at the assembly’s pressroom and condemned police’s bad behaviour with them. It was also observed […]


Gender in journalism Awards 2004

KARACHI — The winners of “Gender in journalism Awards 2004″ jointly sponsored by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and UNESCO, will be announced at a function to be held in Islamabad, on April 12, on International Press Freedom Day. There are two categories of awards. The first one – Excellent Gender Sensitive Reporting by male or […]


Vehicle carrying journalists come under fire

PESHAWAR: The Executive Editor of The News International, Rahimullah Yusufzai along with two foreign journalists and his driver, escaped a life attempt when unknown culprits opened fire on their vehicle in Masam Khan Adda near Qila Shah Beg on April 9. The world-fame journalist, accompanied by two foreign journalists, correspondents of The National Geographic magazine […]


Poland making film on World War II refugees

KARACHI: The story of Polish refugees who took shelter in Karachi during World War II will be retold in a documentary being prepared by a state television journalist from Poland. The filmmaker, Anna Pietraszek, is preparing at least two documentaries that would help promote relations between the two countries. After the Soviet invasion of Poland […]


SC bench dismisses APNS petition

ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench on April 8, dismissed a petition of the APNS, challenging The Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) Act 1973 for being “not maintainable.” After hearing the petition for five days, the bench headed by Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, said in its unanimous short order, that the petitioner could not invoke the […]