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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 […]

PBA flays attack on Jang offices, cable disruption

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on Jang Group offices and the disruption of cable network in some areas of Karachi for a short time by workers of a political party, says a press release. In the past, other political parties have also taken illegal measures against the public’s […]

CPNE condemns attack on media

KARACHI: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) on Tuesday strongly condemned the incident of firing outside the offices of Geo News and the cutting of cable wires in various areas of Karachi, terming it an attack on the freedom of expression. CPNE President Jamil Athar Qazi, Senior Vice President Qazi Asad Abid, Secretary General […]

Elahi announces insurance scheme for journalists

Asim Yasin ISLAMABAD: Senior Federal Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Thursday announced a comprehensive insurance package for the working journalists. “The working journalists throughout the country will be provided life and health insurance from the Workers Welfare Fund,” he said while speaking at a luncheon meeting with officer-bearers of the National Press Club and senior […]

Order reserved on plea in journalist murder case

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court reserved on Thursday its order on a plea of the defence counsel in a case pertaining to the murder of a journalist. Faisal Mahmood alias Nafsiati, Syed Mohammad Ali Rizvi, Shahrukh alias Mani, Naveed alias Polka and Shakil alias Malik with their absconding accomplices have been charged with the murder of […]

Safma opposes plan to block internet

LAHORE: South Asia Free Media Association (Safma) and Media Commission-Pakistan have condemned the government plans to introduce Internet blocking and filtering system and a “vague” set of rules for the electronic media “as an attempt to pressure people’s right to information”. “Media censorship is not new in Pakistan, where military dictators come and go. But […]

Concern about new bid to censor the Internet: HRCP, FIDH

Lahore: On the occasion of the international day of action against Internet censorship, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisation, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), have expressed deep concern over an attempt by the Ministry of Information Technology in Pakistan to further restrict freedom of expression, creativity and peaceful […]

How to say yes to online censorship

By Jahanzaib Haque The writer is Web Editor of The Express Tribune and tweets There are two opposing narratives being discussed about the government’s call for a national level internet blocking and filtering system, and both must be understood to find a path forward. On the one hand, NGOs, internet monitoring groups, parts of […]

New Senate rules put journalists under pressure

Amir Wasim ISLAMABAD: Journalists covering the opening session of the Senate on Monday can expect a tough time because under the new rules of business, they run the risk of breaching the privilege of Senators if their reporting is viewed as a ‘reflection’ on them or the house. Journalists covering proceedings of the Senate, its […]

Wanted: Censor for Pakistan’s Internet

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is advertising for companies to install an Internet filtering system that could block up to 50 million Web addresses, alarming free speech activists who fear current censorship could become much more widespread. Internet access for Pakistan’s some 20 million Web users is less restricted than in many countries in Asia and the Arab […]

PFUJ wants case against Hamid Mir closed

KARACHI: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) (Dastoor) has rejected all governmental proceedings and plans regarding the infringement of media freedom in the country, and expressed its anger at the designs of the government to chain basic media freedom. The media body also called for an end to the case filed against senior journalist Hamid […]

Bugti, US diplomat meet privately: TV reporters thrashed for snooping

Munawer Azeem ISLAMABAD: Two television journalists’ attempt to snoop on a Baloch leader and a US diplomat meeting privately in a hotel here on Thursday ended in a fracas and detention of four Punjab police personnel. Islamabad police said they were also looking for seven bodyguards of Jamhoori Watan Party leader Shazain Bugti. They, together […]