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Families of fallen journalists await justice

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MURTAZA Khan was flipping through TV channels when he saw the tickers: ‘unidentified men open fire at car’, ‘suspects open fire on private news channel vehicle’ and finally, ‘man killed’. It took him a few seconds to realise that he was watching a live update of his brother Wali’s death. From what Murtaza recalls of […]


Press freedom under serious threat from govts worldwide: IPI

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KARACHI: Governments are increasingly clamping down on press freedom as new laws are being enacted to curtail media independence around the world, while 55 journalists were killed since May last year, according to the International Press Institute (IPI). In a press statement issued on Wednesday, Barbara Trionfi, executive director of the Vienna-based IPI — a […]


Journalist killed in DI Khan

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Unidentified assailants shot dead a local reporter in what appears to be an incident of targeted killing in Parowa area of the district on Tuesday. Police identified the victim as Malik Amanullah Khan, a local reporter and chairman of Parowa Press Club. Mr Khan was on his motorcycle at around 9am when […]


KUJ slams PTI workers over manhandling of female journalists

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Karachi: The Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) has strongly condemned the mistreatment and harassment of the female journalists during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s 23rd Foundation Day rally on Sunday. In a joint statement, the president KUJ Hassan Abbas, general secretary Aajiz Jamali and members of executive council said some miscreants tried to snatch the cameras and […]


Pakistani journalist attacked by police officers

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Shaukat Korai, court reporter of News One TV channel   was assaulted in the premises of Sindh High Court (SHC) by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officers in Karachi on April 27. Korai  told Pakistan Press Foundation that he was present in the court for his routine coverage, when CTD officers brought few suspects to Anti-Terrorism Court’s administrative […]


Journalists targeted with coordinated smear campaigns online

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KARACHI: Twitter users on Friday raised serious concerns over the increasing weaponisation of social media and online smear campaigns against several Pakistani journalists. The first series of the malicious hashtag campaigns emerged as the top three Twitter trends in Pakistan on Wednesday. The trends accompanied by scurrilous trolling, misinformation and doctored images targeted Marvi Sirmed, […]


Attack on journalist’s house condemned

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SHIKARPUR – The house of senior journalist Waheed Phulpoto was attacked by armed assailants belonging to Brohi tribe in the limits of Lakhi Gate police station here on Thursday. According to police, the accused were identified as Asif Brohi and his accomplices, inhabitants of Ghari Yasin tehsil of Shikarpur. They ran away after harassing the […]


Court reserves order on journalist’s bail plea

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KARACHI: A district court on Wednesday res­erv­ed its order on an application seeking confirmation of an interim pre-arrest bail of journalist Shahzeb Ali Shah Jillani in a case involving alleged cyber-terrorism, electronic forgery and giving defamatory remarks about state institutions. The FIA had booked Mr Jillani in a case registered under sections 500, 109 and […]


Protest against ‘unjust’ arrest of journalist

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Shikarpur – A large number of people belonging to different walks of life took out a protest rally against, ‘what they said’, the unjust arrest of local journalist Mushtaq Sarki here on Monday. The rally, organised under the auspices of Shikarpur Youth at Lakhi Gate clock tower, was led by Shikarpur Union of Journalists (SUJ) […]


Media should be introspective and self-critical, says Javed Jabbar

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Former federal minister and leading intellectual Javed Jabbar has said that the media should be introspective and self-critical rather than them just blaming the state for “impediments”. He was speaking at a seminar titled ‘Importance of Electronic Media in Promoting Art and Culture’ at the Karachi Arts Council, whose Electronic Media and Aesthetic Committee had […]


2 terrorists linked with Pearl killing arrested

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MANSEHRA  –   Two Pakistan Taliban terrorists have been arrested for their involvement in the kidnapping and killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl and several terror-related activities in the country, officials said on Friday. The Counter-Terrorism Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mansehra district said they are the most dreaded terrorists of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Daniel Pearl, […]


RSF index highlights dismal state of press freedom

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LAHORE: Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontieres or RSF) has released its world press freedom index, which shows some countries slipping from their position, while others remaining in the worst of circumstances. Norway claimed the top spot for the third consecutive year, followed by Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands. Pakistan too has slid down three places […]


Journalist’s bail extended by one week

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KARACHI: A district court on Wednesday extended by one week an interim pre-arrest bail of journalist Shahzeb Ali Shah Jillani in a case pertaining to cyber terrorism, electronic forgery and giving defamatory remarks about institutions of the state. The Federal Investigation Agency had booked Mr Jillani in a case registered under Sections 500 (punishment for […]


RSF slams move to charge reporter with ‘cyber-terrorism’

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KARACHI: A global media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), on Tuesday slammed attempts to “intimidate Pakistan’s journalists” and said a reporter critical of army and intelligence services was being prosecuted for “cyber-terrorism”. The global watchdog said Shahzeb Jillani, who worked for Dunya News and had also worked for BBCand Deutsche Welle in the past, was currently facing charges under a controversial electronic […]