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Promoting peace: Attack on Ajmal Khattak’s mausoleum condemned

ISLAMABAD: Writers, intellectuals and journalists on Thursday condemned the act of terrorism on the grave of progressive politician, intellectual and poet Ajmal Khattak. Noted poet Iftikhar Arif said that the attack on mausoleums is a barbaric act and no sane human being can think of it. “Ajmal Khattak was a respectable person and writer who […]

Journalist, two others shot dead

SUKKUR: A journalist, his brother and a friend were gunned down in their office by armed persons in Lalo Raink in Kambar-Shahdadkot district on Thursday. Sources said a girl Khushboo Mughairi had eloped with her paramour Tanveer Tunio four days back. The eloping led to tensions between Tunia and Mughairi clans and enraged Mughairis ousted […]

PEMRA to take action against derogatory programmes

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in pursuance to the decision of the authority in its 75th meeting held on Tuesday at PEMRA Headquarters issued final notices to TV channels involved in airing derogatory, humiliating programmes purposely meant for character assassination of individuals and organisation in the guise of parody or satire. The […]

Two Journalists injured in blast at poet’s shrine

Mehmood-ul-Hassan Khan, correspondent of Urdu-language television channel “Dunya News” and Waheed-ur-Rehman, correspondent of Pashto-language television channel “Khyber News” were injured in a blast on May 9, 2012, at the shrine of famous Pashto language poet and leader of a political party Ajmal Khattak in Nowshehra district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province of Pakistan. According to press reports, […]

Media matters

Ayesha Haroon There used to be a certain reserve around the business of news. Whether great journalism or mere propaganda, the reports in a newspaper were seldom hysterical. Of course, that changed when more Urdu newspapers started competing with each other – the emotive headlines are still remembered by many – but the text of […]

Media persons boycott Karachi demo after being manhandled by organisers

PML-N rallies turn chaotic GUJRANWALA/KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) sponsored protest rallies Sunday ñ aimed at denouncing Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and demanding for his immediate resignation ñ quickly turned chaotic, according to reports. The PML-N took out a large number of processions and demonstrations across the country Sunday, but internal scuffles, lack […]

Aslam Ali Press Freedom Award for Saleem Shahzad: Steps demanded to end impunity of crimes against journalists

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day here on Thursday announced the annual PPF-Aslam Ali Press Freedom Award-2012 for the slain journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, who was murdered on 30 May 2011. Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Ms Sharmila Faruqi and Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee Member Ashfaq Mangi […]

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Newsweek’s South Asia Commentary Prize – Call for Entries / $25,000 cash prize

NEW YORK, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Newsweek & The Daily Beast and the Open Hands Initiative announce a new prize for South Asian journalists and writers covering the region to celebrate and nurture raw talent and find fresh voices. The aim of this prize is to promote and support the work of an individual […]

Front Page, Opportunities

PEMRA issues show-cause notices to TV channels

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has served show-cause notices to 17 TV channels for airing unedited live footage of blood, gore, dead and mutilated bodies amid a private plane crash. The authority has also issued notices to 24 entertainment TV channels on account of airing indecent, vulgar and unethical programmes, advertisements, shows, […]

Broadcasting, Front Page, Television

Suspect in reporter’s murder case faints

Tahir Siddiqui KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court had to put off the hearing of the Wali Khan Babar murder case on Wednesday when one of the defendants fainted minutes before the hearing. Judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon of the ATC-III also directed the jail authorities for a medical examination and treatment to Shahrukh alias Mani and adjourned […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page

No laughing matter: Entertainer who poked fun at militants kidnapped

By Riaz Ahmad PESHAWAR: “Shave my head, paint my face black; Mount me on a donkey and make fun of me.” Either militants didn’t take kindly to Nisar Khan’s comedic song referring to an incident where Taliban insurgents seized thieves, shaved their heads and mounted them on donkeys; or they took it a bit too […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page

Third attempt to get gag order against media fails in SC

Usman Manzoor ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party government on Tuesday failed for the third time in a month to obtain a gag order against the media from the Supreme Court. The government, which is openly defying Supreme Court’s judgement, has sought curbs on the media from the apex court in three hearings of contempt of […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page

Accused in journalist’s murder case remanded

The judicial magistrate (South) on Tuesday remanded an accused in the murder case of senior journalist Murtaza Razvi in police custody till April 30. The face of the accused, Waqas alias Waqar, was covered by police when he was produced before the court. Razvi, who was a senior assistant editor and head of Dawn’s magazines, […]

Front Page, General News

Man detained in Murtaza Razvi murder case

KARACHI: Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Dawn’s senior assistant editor Murtaza Razvi. Speaking at a press conference at his office, SSP District South Nasir Aftab said that Waqas, a masseur, was arrested in the Gizri area, where he had hired a place to live. He was a resident of […]

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