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Firdous Awan visits KPC, assures journalists of support

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Karachi: Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, the special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting, has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will effectively advocate the case of Pakistan during his meeting with US President Donald Trump. Speaking to media at the Karachi Press Club on Monday, Awan said that Imran Khan had gone […]


Attack on media freedom

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PTI trolls did no service to their party when on Tuesday they started a smear campaign on Twitter against independent media houses and journalists giving unfavourable coverage to its policies. The party’s social media wing fired off at least two dozen tweets in English and Urdu attacking the media for allegedly using freedom of expression […]


Television News channel taken off air and numbers reshuffled in many parts of the country

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The transmission of Geo News television channel was taken off air and its channel number abruptly changed in many parts of the country hours before Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s visit to the Washington, D.C., for an official visit on July 20, 2019. According to the channel’s managing director, Azhar Abbas, “the channel was blocked […]


Why Is Pakistan’s Media In Crisis?

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It has been an eventfully torrid new millennium so far for the media sector in Pakistan, which has grown enormously in terms of scale and influence. From virtually a staid state-owned broadcast sector at the turn of the century, the sector has morphed into a cacophonous landscape of dozens of independent news and entertainment channels […]


Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellowship Opportunities

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General Fellowship  Early-career professional journalists from developing countries with proficiency in English can apply for a six-month fellowship. Alfred Friendly provides fellows with basic and advanced hands-on instruction at the Missouri School of Journalism and places them in leading U.S. newsrooms. The successful candidate will be 25-35 years old and have at least three years […]


National and regional experiences can enrich SDG monitoring of journalists’ safety

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New possibilities to strengthen the monitoring of attacks on journalists were explored this week at a side-event held at the UN within the context of the High-Level Political Forum reviewing SDG progress. The occasion was a side-event organized by UNESCO, three NGOs – Article 19, Committee to Protect Journalists and IFEX, the permanent missions to […]


Pakistan high risk country for media pluralism: report

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ISLAMABAD: A collaborative research study, the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) Pakistan — carried out by the global media rights organisation Reporters Without Borders and Pakistani media watchdog Freedom Network — has found Pakistan a “high risk country” in terms of media pluralism. The study says more than half of the mass media ownership in Pakistan is […]


Digital campaign meant to educate journalists, not ridicule them: PTI

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has distanced itself from a recent broadside against the country’s beleaguered media which linked critical coverage by the press to potential “treason”. On Tuesday, the official account of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) fired off over two dozen tweets in English and Urdu, lambasting the press for criticism, saying it can be […]


Journalists slam censorship, layoffs

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ISLAMABAD: Journalists held countrywide demonstrations on Tuesday in protest against an “undeclared censorship”, layoffs in media organisations and non-payment of salaries. The demonstrations were held in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Sakrand, Daur, Badin, Qazi Ahmed and some other towns and cities. Journalists from Islamabad and Rawalpindi gathered at the National Press Club […]


PBC asks Pemra to ensure media coverage of lawyers’ protests

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ISLAMABAD: Pakis­tan Bar Council (PBC) vice chairman Syed Amjad Shah has asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman to ensure media coverage of the ongoing lawyers’ protests over the filing of references against two superior court judges. In a letter addressed to the Pemra chairman, Mr Shah warned that if the authority failed […]


Writers criticise lack of checks on language used in electronic media

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KARACHI: “None of the TV channels today have hired qualified script editors which is adversely affecting the state of the Urdu language in Pakistan,” playwright Haseena Moin said at a panel discussion on Urdu story writing which turned into a debate on the general state of Urdu in Pakistan. The panel consisting of renowned writers […]


As police probe TV anchor’s murder, multi-million rupee scam surfaces

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KARACHI: The investigation team, probing the circumstances behind the brutal murder of TV anchorperson Mureed Abbas and his associate in Defence Housing Authority (DHA), have recorded the statement of Umar Rehan, the main eye-witness in the incident. Separately, police have also arrested the driver of the accused, Atif Zaman. They have yet to decide, however, […]


Bilawal slams media censorship

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Sukkur: Rejecting curbs on freedom of expression and independence of speech, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said they are committed to upholding these basic human rights and will fully support and defend journalists against government censorship. Addressing the media at Sukkur Press Club on Thursday, he said the media fought against dictators generals Ayub, Ziaul […]


Interview of Pakistan’s leading opposition leader taken off air

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An interview of Pakistan’s leading opposition leader was taken off air soon after it was aired on Hum News on July 11, 2019. The interview Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Vice –President Maryam Nawaz was being conducted by Nadeem Malik, journalist and host of programme ‘Nadeem Malik Live’. Malik stated that soon after he started the program his […]