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Violence against journalists on the rise in Pakistan

NEW YORK: Deadly, unpunished violence against the press rose sharply in Pakistan and Mexico, continuing a dark, years-long trend in both nations, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in its newly updated Impunity Index released on Tuesday. The global index, which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country’s population, shows that […]

JI accuses media of promoting nudity, vulgarity

Karachi: Jamaat-e Islami (JI) Karachi chief Muhammad Hussain Mehnati has expressed concern over the alleged spread of nudity and vulgarity in the Pakistani media, also asking the cable operators to stop airing Hindi films. In a statement issued here on Monday, Mehnati alleged that the Pakistani print and electronic Media had deliberately destroyed the image […]

Journalists, advertisers given awards: APNS urged to look into salary issue

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari asked the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) on Monday to look into the issue of payment of salary to workers and journalists, besides implementation of the seventh Wage Board award and setting up of the eighth wage board. Addressing the 22nd APNS award ceremony at the Aiwan-i-Sadr, the president said […]

Journalism under pressure

Syed Talat Hussain A new trend threatens journalists’ judicious editorial judgment and credibility. This is the trend of increasing demands from a long list of groups that want media space by hook or by crook. True, the afflicted souls in Pakistan have always turned towards the media to express their grievances and to seek justice. […]

Abdullah, 15, works against porn material flood on Internet

Usman Manzoor ISLAMABAD: Generally it is hard to be a teen that is more known for its perils and pitfalls than anything else. But here we have a 15 years old Abdullah Ghazi from Karachi, who has emerged as a symbol of struggle against a fast spreading modern day social evil – unchecked influx of […]

Pakistan refuses details on journalists’ murder inquiry

Umar Cheema ISLAMABAD: The government showed its true colour on the question of press freedom in a recent meeting of Unesco in Paris where it neither produced any report of inquiry into the killings of journalists nor endorsed the UN draft plan on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. Also, the country’s […]

Online survey: ‘Pakistani media is partisan, negative and sensationalist’

697 out of 1,025 voters felt that ‘Pakistani media spreads negativity’ in general. The results of an online survey conducted by The Express Tribune revealed that most Pakistanis feel the local media spreads negativity, is sensationalist and is sponsored by political parties. A total of 1,025 Pakistanis and expatriates participated in the online survey. Respondents […]

Change in mindset of policymakers must to ensure safety of journalists

Karachi, Journalists working in conflict areas face enormous challenges and threats and there is a dire need to change the mindsets of policymakers in media organizations to ensure safety and security of journalists. This was said by participants of a roundtable discussion on Reporting Conflict held at Hotel Avari Towers in Karachi on April 6, […]

How Pakistani Media reports “TERRORISM RELATED CONFLICT”

The terror attacks on 9/11 and the subsequent worldwide crisis led Pakistan into a dangerous situation . The Tribal Areas of Pakistan were singled out as ‘terrorist havens’ and the world view towards Pakistan changed for worse.

Journalists sensitised on torture issue

LAHORE: Though Pakistan is a signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Torture (UNCAT), a lot more work remains to be done at home in terms of legislation against torture, a group of journalists from various print, electronic and broadcast organisations was told at a media workshop on issue of torture. The two-day workshop was […]

Agahi Awards launched for journalists

ISLAMABAD: Agahi Awards are Pakistan’s first journalism awards, aimed at recognising the services of the country’s best journalists. These awards were organised by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with the leading press clubs across the country, local and international media development bodies, regulatory authorities, the private sector and other stakeholders. Puruesh Chaudhry, president for Agahi and […]

Police fail to solve journalist’s blind murder

By: Israr Ahmad RAWALPINDI – The gruesome and unsolved murder of Raja Assad Hameed, a senior journalist associated with TheNation, has exposed the poor performance of Rawalpindi police as they have shelved the case file and upped their hands while declaring it as “untraced”. This action of the Rawalpindi police raised many eyesbrows as it […]

7th Wage Board Award: PFUJ protests release of Rs300m to APNS

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has asked all affiliated unions of journalists (UJs) to observe March 28 as a black day to protest the non-implementation of a decision of superior courts regarding the 7th Wage Board Award. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani issued a cheque for Rs300 million to the All Pakistan […]

Sindh govt plans to set up film censor board

KARACHI: There are a total of 29 ongoing schemes worth Rs357.50 million, seven new ones worth Rs42.50 million and three non-annual development programme (ADP) schemes worth Rs86 million which are being implemented in Sindh by the provincial culture department, says a statement issued here on Sunday following a meeting held at the Chief Minister’s House […]