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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, […]

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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 […]

Front Page, General News


The challenge of media freedom

By Syed Talat Hussain There are various reasons for which the media is coming under increasing pressure from powerful groups, each pressing its own agenda, contracting the space for fair and balanced editorial judgment. The most obvious one is the issue of reach. Media, particularly news channels and now also private radio, are seen as […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page


Murtaza Razvi laid to rest

KARACHI: Murtaza Razvi, senior assistant editor and head of Dawn’s magazines, who was found murdered on Thursday, was laid to rest in the Defence graveyard on Friday. His funeral procession was taken out from his residence in Khayban-i-Rahat while his Namaz-i-Janaza was offered after Juma prayers at Yasrab Imambargah in DHA Phase IV. Besides his […]

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Senior journalist found dead

Karachi: In an incident that shocked the city, senior journalist Murtaza Razvi was found murdered at the studio of an artist friend in DHA on Thursday morning. The body of the 48-year-old Magazines Editor, Dawn, was found in a flat located in what is popularly known as Khadda or Delton’s Market in the Darakhshan police […]

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PTA ordered to follow rules in blocking websites

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) not to block any website against the provisions of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organisation) Act, 1996. The court also issued notices to the federation, through the Ministry of Information Technology and telecommunication secretary and the PTA, through its chairman. The petitioners, Awab Alvi, […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page, New Media


Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) Roundtable Discussion with Senior Electronic Media Professionals & CSOs,

Karachi April 6, 2012 Safety of Journalists urged The participants of National Roundtable discussion have said that reporting in conflict areas had become a difficult task and journalists have been facing enormous challenges and threats; therefore, serious and effective measures should be taken to ensure the safety and security of journalists. It was said that […]

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