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Journalists condemn ‘ban’ on cultural activities in Swat

PESHAWAR: The Culture Journalists Forum (CJF) Tuesday condemned ‘ban’ on artistes and singers by Swat DPO and demanded of the provincial government to explain reasons for banning cultural activities in and around Mingora, Swat. They said artistes and singers started moving to safe places after DPO Swat imposed ban on their profession. The forum said […]


Rally against blocking of website turns violent

KARACHI: At least three passenger vehicles were set on fire on Tuesday evening when a heavy police contingent tried to stop the participants of a rally organized by the Shia Action Committee (SAC) to stop them from going towards the office of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sharae Faisal. They were protesting against the […]


Senate body directs resolution of journalists’ problems

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting expressed deep concerns over the problems being faced by media persons due to late salary payments and working conditions. The committee, on Tuesday, directed information secretary to take necessary actions and resolve the problems of the media persons. Senator Kamil Ali Agha chaired the meeting at […]


CJ takes suo moto notice of obscene TV shows, internet sites

By: Ansar Abbasi ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has taken notice of the applications filed by former Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) amir Qazi Hussain Ahmad and retired judge and PTI leader Justice Wajiuddin against growing vulgarity and obscenity in the society through electronic media, illegal Indian channels, cable network and internet. Following the complaints from the […]


Role of media in peace building highlighted

KARACHI: Participants of a national consultative workshop on ‘Peace Building’ have said that media can play a pivotal role in promoting peace and harmony in the society. Journalists should report ongoing conflicts with consciousness, impartiality and factuality. This was observed by the participants, belonging to the 23 districts of Pakistan, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), FATA and […]


Twitter is the new newsroom: The changing face of journalism

By: Sana Jafrani KARACHI: At Saturday’s session on Twitter in the newsroom, a consensus seemed to emerge that social media cannot replace mainstream media; rather, they have to work in tandem to be effective. The session was moderated by popular tweeter who goes by the handle @mighty obvious, Hassan Belal. The panel included Indian journalist […]


Shia killing watchdog site apparently banned

The website was blocked on Saturday evening. A website which acts as watchdog for murder of Shias, motivated by sectarian differences, Shiakilling.com, was apparently blocked on Saturday night. Visitors were greeted with a “this webpage is not available” sign as they tried to access the site. Many people from Pakistan on the social media site […]


PEMRA chief called to explain Amn Committee blackout

KARACHI: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman has been called by the Sindh High Court to explain the television blackout of Peoples Amn Committee leaders. A division bench heard on Friday the petition filed by Syed Iqbal Kazmi, the chairman of the newly-formed political party Pakistan Qaumi Movement. The petitioner had challenged the […]


Social media termed citizens’ diplomacy

KARACHI: From an online campaign to get visa restrictions on both sides of the border eased to using social media for change and expressing opinions that the mainstream media might not be interested in, discussions on day one of the two-day 2012 Pakistan-India Social Media Mela gave a chance for ‘alternative’ viewpoints to be heard. […]


SHC moved against PEMRA ban on Uzair Baloch interviews

Karachi: A petition has been filed in Sindh High Court on Thursday against ban on telecasting of interviews of Karachi City Alliance and People Amn Committee’s Chairman Uzair Jan Baloch and other leaders at electronic media. Iqbal Kazmi, a member of Karachi City Alliance, submitted in the petition that KAC Chairman represent people of Lyari […]


U.S. Embassy invites Application for 2012 General Election Embed Program

Islamabad July 10, 2012 – U.S. Embassy Islamabad invites applications for the 2012 General Election Embed Program. Under this program, foreign journalists will be assigned to work alongside American media outlets in “battleground” states in the final days of the U.S. presidential election October 24 – November 9, 2012. During this time applicants will be […]


Social media ‘reporting’ hurting real journalism

By Umer Nangiana “Journalists are bound by rules and ethics. Unlike social media, journalists are required to ¬give information in a responsible way,” Coalition for Ethical Journalism Director Aidan White. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has laws and a constitution, but nobody follows them. Similarly, the country’s media does have codes of conduct, but very few journalists practice […]


U.S. Embassy Announces Open Applications for a Multi-Country Press Tour to NATO HQ

Islamabad, July 6, 2012: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce open applications from print journalist for a Multi-Country Press Tour to NATO HQ, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and Joint Forces Command (JFC) Naples, to promote understanding of NATO capabilities in NATO member and partner countries. This program will take place September 17-20, […]


Seven writers honoured with literary awards

The Jang Group and United Bank Limited (UBL) gave awards to seven writers in both Urdu and English in different categories at an impressive ceremony held at a hotel here on Thursday. Those who got the ‘UBL-Jang Literary Excellence Awards 2012’ included Prof Sehar Ansari for Urdu poetry for his book ‘Khuda Sey Baat Kertey […]