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PPF condemns the murder of radio presenter in Afghanistan

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan has expressed deep concern over the murder of Nadershah Sahibzada, a radio presenter and producer working with the privately owned “Seday-e-Gardiz” (voice of Gardiz). PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter has condemned the brutal murder of the journalist and […]

Journalists slam censorship, layoffs

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ISLAMABAD: Journalists held countrywide demonstrations on Tuesday in protest against an “undeclared censorship”, layoffs in media organisations and non-payment of salaries. The demonstrations were held in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Sakrand, Daur, Badin, Qazi Ahmed and some other towns and cities. Journalists from Islamabad and Rawalpindi gathered at the National Press Club […]

Herald’s closure is a sad statement on state of media

Closure of the prestigious Herald Magazine is a classical example of curbs on media, resulting in financial squeeze, and changing reading habits. Though it’s been in the grapevine for some time now, the official announcement that Herald has published in its last issue is still shocking. Herald has been a voice of dissent for decades. […]

PBC asks Pemra to ensure media coverage of lawyers’ protests

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ISLAMABAD: Pakis­tan Bar Council (PBC) vice chairman Syed Amjad Shah has asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman to ensure media coverage of the ongoing lawyers’ protests over the filing of references against two superior court judges. In a letter addressed to the Pemra chairman, Mr Shah warned that if the authority failed […]

PPF condemns attack on Accra-based journalists

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana has expressed concern over the attack on two Accra based journalists on July 5, 2019. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter has condemned the assault on journalists working in the line of duty and called on the authorities to […]

Bilawal slams media censorship

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Sukkur: Rejecting curbs on freedom of expression and independence of speech, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said they are committed to upholding these basic human rights and will fully support and defend journalists against government censorship. Addressing the media at Sukkur Press Club on Thursday, he said the media fought against dictators generals Ayub, Ziaul […]

Interview of Pakistan’s leading opposition leader taken off air

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An interview of Pakistan’s leading opposition leader was taken off air soon after it was aired on Hum News on July 11, 2019. The interview Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Vice –President Maryam Nawaz was being conducted by Nadeem Malik, journalist and host of programme ‘Nadeem Malik Live’. Malik stated that soon after he started the program his […]

Government decides to bar television channels from giving coverage to political leaders convicted or accused of corruption

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The Government of Pakistan has decided that media should not be allowed to give coverage to political leaders convicted or accused of corruption.  I meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 8 directed the electronic media regulator, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to fulfill its responsibility to ensure that decided that no convicted […]

Govt wants media block on interviews of undertrials

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Islamabad: The government has decided to approach the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on airing of interviews of convicted persons by the electronic media. During a meeting here on Tuesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, the federal cabinet discussed the interview and expressed concern over it. Geo News interviewed the PPPP […]

PFUJ warns against curbs on press freedom

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Islamabad: The Pakis­tan Federal Union of Journa­lists (Afzal Butt group) has warned that the threat to the freedom of press has assu­med ominous proportions. A meeting of the PFUJ’s Federal Executive Council, held from July 5 to 7 with Mr Butt in the chair, observed that arm-twisting of media-owners was resulting in firing of workers […]

PFUJ calls for action against people behind online drive targeting journalists

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists has taken notice of a malicious campaign launched on social media against some top journalists of the country. The union’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) adopted a resolution at its meeting on Saturday, which urged the government to take action against those responsible for the “life-threatening campaign”. It called […]

Drive against free speech

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THREATS to journalism in Pakistan, and by extension freedom of expression, continue to rear their head frequently in the online space. On Thursday, a Twitter campaign was launched under the hashtag #ArrestAntiPakjournalists, with over 28,000 tweets published in a matter of hours. Consequently, the hashtag trended at number one position in Pakistan for some time. […]

Zardari’s interview pulled from air: anchor

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Karachi: An interview of former president Asif Ali Zardari was stopped from being aired shortly after it started on a private news channel on Monday. Hamid Mir, who was the interviewer of the programme on Geo News, took to Twitter to express his outrage over the incident. “I can only say sorry to my viewers that […]

Punjab IGP’s new media policy stirs outrage

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Lahore: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan has issued a new media policy through which certain restrictions have been imposed on media interaction. The policy has been met with outrage from stakeholders who have termed it as a form of censorship and an attack on freedom of information. A circular issued by […]