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Defamation Ord undemocratic Press law: APNS

KARACHI – While the country is facing high tide of terrorism, the government has chosen to terrorise the press by further blackening the existing draconian Defamation Ordinance 2002, stated the APNS spokesman. Syed Faseih Iqbal, Acting President and Muhammad Aslam Kazi, Secretary General, All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) have unequivocally rejected both the motivation and […]


Defamation bill to affect press freedom: APNS

ISLAMABAD – Hamid Haroon, a member of the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS), said that the government had included “tough clauses” in the draft bill of defamation, which were “against the freedom of the press, democracy and human rights”. Mr Haroon told BBC that Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat must review these laws again. “I am […]


Government chooses to terrorise press

KARACHI – While the country is facing high tide of terrorism, the government has chosen to terrorise the press by further blackening the existing draconian Defamation Ordinance 2002, stated the APNS spokesman. Syed Faseih Iqbal, Acting President, and Mohammad Aslam Kazi, Secretary General, All Pakistan Newspapers Society, have unequivocally rejected both the motivation and the […]


Govt out to terrorise press, says APNS

KARACHI – “While the country is facing high tide of terrorism, the government has chosen to terrorise the press by further blackening the existing draconian Defamation Ordinance 2002,” stated spokesman of All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS). Syed Fasih Iqbal, acting President and Muhamamd Aslam Kazi, Secretary General, APNS rejected both the motivation and rationale contained […]


Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002

ISLAMABAD -The parliamentarians from the opposition parties have demanded of the government to amend Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 as it contains many flaws. The opposition expressed its concern during an open debate on “Freedom of Information in Pakistan” organised by the “Consumers Right Commission of Pakistan”(CRCP) here on Thursday. Senator Farhatullah Babar, Senator Sanaullah […]


Government committed to press freedom: Shujaat

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that the government believes in freedom of press and is committed to facilitate the journalist community. He was addressing the National Convention of Press Clubs on Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) in Islamabad on July 10. He said that defamation law would be amended with […]


Journalist assaulted

Karachi – Syed Ashfaq, a staffer of The News sustained serious injuries when a shopkeeper and his accomplices, totally without provocation, attacked him near the Land Mark Plaza on I. I. Chundrigar Road within the Preedy police jurisdiction on July 6. According to details, Ashfaq had parked his motorbike near a teashop, where a milk […]


Award for journalist

KARACHI – Senior journalist and member governing body of the Karachi Press Club Soofia Yazdani has awarded Maimaar-e-Watan Medal 2004 in recognition of her services for journalism. She also received a certificate at an award distribution, recently held by the Sindh Assembly Secretariat, in collaboration with Pakistan Study Circle to medals to the prominent people […]


Freedom of information laws

ISLAMABAD – The legislation on freedom of information would help promote the good governance in the country, said Nisar A. Memon Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting. Speaking at a seminar on freedom of information, organized by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), Nisar Memon said, it is a happy augury […]


Media stopped from covering Wana operation

WANA – Political Authorities in South Waziristan have imposed ban on media personnel to cover ongoing military operation against terrorists hiding in Wana. Under the decision the journalists have been barred from attending the Jirga for collecting information in connection with ongoing military operation against terrorists and also from entering the areas where the security […]


Freedom of Information Rules notified

ISLAMABAD – The government has notified the Freedom of Information Rules 2004, requiring all public organizations to designate an official to provide information regarding public records to applicants. After the issuance of the notification on Monday, applicants were eligible to get an attested photocopy of any public record document except information exempted under the Freedom […]


Press freedom violations in South Waziristan

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) said it has recorded an increase in breaches of press freedom since the start of a latest Pakistani military offensive against Islamist groups at the border with Afghanistan, particularly in the Shakai region. At least four journalists have been arrested in the past four days, a BBC World Service […]


A crusader for press freedom

Editorial… In the death of Zamir Niazi, Pakistan has lost a relentless crusader for press freedom. Till the very last, and despite his failing health, Zamir Niazi remained dedicated to the pursuit of one single aim dear to him – the freedom of expression. The chief merit of his first book, The Press in Chains, […]


Dialogue on press freedom urged

KARACHI – Speakers at a seminar on press freedom, held on June 10, observed that external pressures, increasing commercialization in the media industry and dishonesty on the part of some journalists acted as major impediments in the fair and objective coverage of events and issues. They said the right to know was a fundamental right […]