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Pressure on journalists deplored

KARACHI – The Karachi Union of Journalists has expressed its deep concern over reports of pressure from the government and political groups on journalists working in the electronic media and criticized the tone of the remarks of the federal information minister over the coverage of PML leader Shahbaz Sharif’s arrival and forced departure. In a […]


KUJ concerned at pressure tactics by govt

KARACHI – Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) has expressed its deep concern over what it says the “pressure tactics” by the government and political groups on electronic media journalists, according to a KUJ press release. KUJ president Mazhar Abbas and general secretary Fazil Jamili in a joint statement said the tone and tenor exhibited by […]


Free Press

Letter to the editor… What is the power of free press? Why real democracy is considered as the best form of political system? The exposure of Abu Ghraib jail tortures by American soldiers who were supposed to protect the rights of prisoners have proved that those who were trained to kill the other fellowmen are […]


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 […]


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 […]


Yousufzai transferred to tribal areas

Afghan journalist Sami Yousafzai, detained secretly in Peshawar since April 21, 2004, has been transferred to the Miranshah detention centre in the tribal area of North Waziristan, in the north-west of the country. The authorities have given no reason for the transfer nor even confirmed his arrest, but Reporters Without Borders said it feared it […]


CPNE deplores pressure on newspapers

KARACHI – The Sindh committee of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) meeting on May 13 reiterated the consistent stand of the CPNE that advertising by the government should not be used as a lever to pressure newspapers and influence their editorial policies. At a meeting of the committee, the members heard from Aghaz […]


Journalist’s detention challenged in PHC

PESHAWAR – The continuous detention of an Afghan Journalist Sami Yousufzai and his driver Muhammad Saleem by intelligence agencies was challenged in the Peshawar High Court on May 13. A paternal cousin of detainee Muhammad Abdullah has filed a habeas corpus petition on behalf of Sami’s mother. The petition was filed through human rights activist […]


Journalists detained by police

RSF/IFEX) – RSF has criticized the Pakistani authorities’ heavy-handed treatment of the media as journalists tried to cover the attempted return from exile of opposition politician Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Intense official pressure was brought to bear on the private television station ARY Digital TV, a CNN journalist was […]


Mobile phone dealers overcharging customers

Mobile phone dealers overcharging customers PESHAWAR – The cell phone dealers are making huge profits from the sale of Ufone pre-paid connections and charging the consumers between Rs500 to Rs1,000 more illegally. Ufone on May 12 morning launched its new pre-paid Josh Package and by afternoon the three legal franchises in the city announced the […]


Women’s education vital for nation

KARACHI – The annual function and award distribution ceremony of Defense Authority Jamia Fatimatuz Zehra was held on May 12. Begum Rukshana Maqsood, wife of administrator DHA was the chief guest on the occasion. She appreciated high standards and dynamic approach of the institution in producing forward looking, cultured and well versed young women imbibed […]


Inquiry into murder of two girls demanded

HYDERABAD – The authorities concerned should order an inquiry into the killing of two cousins, Tehmina, 17, and Abida, 18, in Shikarpur on a jirga order. This was demanded by the Asian Human Rights Commission in a message faxed to Dawn on May 12. The commission maintained that the girls were killed because they had […]


Policemen maltreat journalists

LAHORE – Police maltreated journalists and human rights activists at a picket on Amjad Chowk in the cantonment on May 11. Police highups, who announced on May 10 that journalists would be allowed to go to the airport, did not honour their words. Both Lahore police chief DIG Tariq Saleem and Operations police chief Aftab […]


Heavy-handed treatment of media

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) lambasted Pakistan for its heavy-handed treatment of the media as journalists tried to cover an attempted return from exile by opposition politician Shahbaz Sharif, brother of ex-Prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Intense official pressure was brought to bear on private ARY Digital TV, a CNN journalist was arrested and police […]