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


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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 […]


Four CD shops blown up in Takhtbhai


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TAKHTBHAI: Four compact disc (CD) shops were destroyed and 21 others were partially damaged in an explosion in the Khurshid Market on Wednesday, sources said. The sources said that an explosive device planted by unidentified persons in the Khurshid Market went off early in the day. Four shops selling music CDs were destroyed and 21 […]


CPNE rejects fetters on print and electronic media


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LAHORE- Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) in its meeting here on Sunday rejected all those steps of the government that could put fetters on journalism and right of expression. The meeting of the Standing Committee of the CPNE chaired by CPNE President Jamil Athar Qazi was also attended by veteran journalist and Editor-in-Chief Nawa-i-Waqt […]


Arrest warrant issued for Hamid Mir


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QUETTA – Quetta Judicial Magistrate-III Muhammad Ibrahim Kakar has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Geo’s anchorperson and columnist Hamid Mir as well as the chairman of the group and editor-in-chief of daily Jung newspaper. The court issued Mir’s arrest warrant in a case filed by a senior lawyer of Balochistan, Khalid Khan. The petitioner […]


LHC moved against possible curbs on media


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LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Wednesday sought replies from the federal government and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting by March 20 on a writ petition filed against possible curbs on the media. The petitioner, advocate Rana Ilmuddin Ghazi, stated that the media was exposing the government and now the government […]


Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary wins Oscar


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Pakistani journalist and documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s latest venture Saving Face has won an Oscar award under the category ‘Best Documentary, Short Subject’. In her acceptance speech, Chinoy dedicated the award to “all the heroes working on the ground in Pakistan” including British Pakistani plastic surgeon Dr Mohammad Jawad, main subjects of the documentary and the […]


Report highlights pathetic plight of the media in Balochistan


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Umar Cheema ISLAMABAD: The Balochistan media has been sandwiched between the military and militants and has gone into a phase of dead silence, reveals a report bringing into sharp focus the unattended agony of journalists in the troubled province. The report declares it ‘the most dangerous region of the most dangerous country for practising journalism’. […]


Pemra warns TV channels over ‘debate’ on Balochistan


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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) late Friday night warned private TV channels against holding programmes and talk shows on Balochistan issue highlighting views of some disgruntled Baloch Sardars without any editorial control. In a letter to private TV channels it termed such debates against sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan. It says such programmes […]


CPJ calls for protecting online journalists


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NEW YORK: A global coalition against censorship is needed to protect online journalists and bloggers who are being targeted by repressive governments, a leading advocacy group said on Tuesday. At least 46 journalists died around the world in 2011, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said, an increase from the estimate it released in December. […]


46 journalists killed in 2011: CPJ


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NEW YORK: At least 46 jourrnalists were killed in 2011, with Pakistan the deadliest country for the second year running, a rights group said Tuesday. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said deaths during dangerous assignments — such as covering street protests — reached the highest level on record in 2011 as the Arab […]


Copies of Daily Express, Tribune torched in Quetta


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Armed men snatch bundles in newspaper market and set them on fire. QUETTA: Unidentified persons set newspaper bundles of Daily Century Express and The Express Tribune on fire in Quetta on Tuesday morning. The hawkers could not distribute the newspapers across the province because of the incidents that took place in the newspaper market and […]


Wali Khan Babar’s brother goes to court over men who ordered the hit


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Five men arrested in April 2011 are standing trial, five others on the run. By Zeeshan Mujahid KARACHI: The brother of slain journalist Wali Khan Babar has gone back to court, this time to ask for the inclusion of the names of the people who ordered the hit. Wali Khan Babar, a young emerging journalist, […]


Media role talked for betterment in society


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KARACHI – The participants at a writing skill training session noted that media could bring positiirechangein the society by sensitizing the youth about important issues being confronted by the country here on Sunday. The daylong training session was organised by Pàkistan Press Foundation (PPF) in collaboration with Jinnah University for Women to discuss the role […]


‘Community radio could help end gender discrimination’


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By Asad Farooq KARACHI: The community radio could provide great help in ending gender discrimination and empowering women. Sindh Women Development Minister Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto stated this while speaking as chief guest at a three-day training work-shop for journalists and civil society organisations’ workers, organised by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) here on Friday. Bhutto […]