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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 […]


Government decides to bar television channels from giving coverage to political leaders convicted or accused of corruption

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The Government of Pakistan has decided that media should not be allowed to give coverage to political leaders convicted or accused of corruption.  I meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 8 directed the electronic media regulator, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to fulfill its responsibility to ensure that decided that no convicted […]


Govt wants media block on interviews of undertrials

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Islamabad: The government has decided to approach the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on airing of interviews of convicted persons by the electronic media. During a meeting here on Tuesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, the federal cabinet discussed the interview and expressed concern over it. Geo News interviewed the PPPP […]


Judge seeks legal action on video scandal

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ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Denying the allegation of being blackmailed into convicting former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia reference, judge Arshad Malik on Sunday termed the video fabricated and false and said it was made by twisting his conversations on different occasions. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz, who had screened the judge’s purported video […]


PFUJ calls for action against people behind online drive targeting journalists

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists has taken notice of a malicious campaign launched on social media against some top journalists of the country. The union’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) adopted a resolution at its meeting on Saturday, which urged the government to take action against those responsible for the “life-threatening campaign”. It called […]


Drive against free speech

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THREATS to journalism in Pakistan, and by extension freedom of expression, continue to rear their head frequently in the online space. On Thursday, a Twitter campaign was launched under the hashtag #ArrestAntiPakjournalists, with over 28,000 tweets published in a matter of hours. Consequently, the hashtag trended at number one position in Pakistan for some time. […]


Panel made to amend Pemra Act to stop fake news on social media

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Islamabad : Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Wednesday said that there is no guideline in Pemra rules to monitor social media. She said that false reports are not good for the government, state and any political party. She said that private lives of people are being […]


APNS deplores levy of sales tax on ads

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) on Tuesday strongly condemned the levy of sales tax by the Sindh government on newspaper advertisements, terming the situation alarming for the print media particularly when the provincial government has yet to clear more than Rs1 billion dues. Seeking withdrawal of the sudden move, the APNS said it […]


Zardari’s interview pulled from air: anchor

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Karachi: An interview of former president Asif Ali Zardari was stopped from being aired shortly after it started on a private news channel on Monday. Hamid Mir, who was the interviewer of the programme on Geo News, took to Twitter to express his outrage over the incident. “I can only say sorry to my viewers that […]


Punjab IGP’s new media policy stirs outrage

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Lahore: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan has issued a new media policy through which certain restrictions have been imposed on media interaction. The policy has been met with outrage from stakeholders who have termed it as a form of censorship and an attack on freedom of information. A circular issued by […]


President Alvi calls for addressing social issues

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Islamabad: President Dr Arif Alvi reiterated his pledge to play constitutional role to address the social changes and societal issues. Talking to a delegation of the Executive Committee of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), the president said it is imperative to address issues like malnourishment, infant mortality, high population rate and property rights for […]


Implementation of RTI laws not ideal in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Although the citizens and journalists are exercising the Right to Information Laws in federal and provincial governments proactively but the government’s response to these information requests is very unwelcoming. Out of 2,635 information requests filed during last five years, the government responded only to 788 (almost 29 percent), data reveals. The federal as well […]


PTA, Pemra submit replies in IHC in PTM case

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ISLAMABAD   –   Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and PEMRA have submitted their replies before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in a petition filed against anti-state and anti-army rhetoric of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement. A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq conducted hearing of the petition seeking ban on PTM as the same has neither been […]