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Senate panel meeting sought on Mir Shakil’s arrest

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Pervaiz Rashid, who is a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, has written to its Chairman Senator Faisal Javed for summoning an immediate meeting of the committee on the situation, arising out of the arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, Editor-in-Chief of Jang/Geo Group. Senator Pervaiz […]


Media bodies, politicians, civil society condemn MSR’s arrest

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ISLAMABAD: Media bodies, politicians and civil society Friday condemned the arrest of Editor-in-Chief of Geo and Jang Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman by the NAB and termed it an attack on the freedom of press and demanded his immediate release. Ex-chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani condemned the arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and said it is an attack […]


Political parties, journalists widely condemn Mir Shakil’s arrest

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SUKKUR: A cross section of political parties and journalists across Sukkur, Khairpur, Naushaharoferoze, Shaheed Benazirabad, Hyderabad and other cities strongly condemned the arrest of Jang Goup’s Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, terming it a cynical move of the government to coerce media groups and journalists presenting a dissenting viewpoint. The Sindh Journalists Council, while strongly condemning the […]


Jang/Geo head refused to come under NAB pressure

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ISLAMABAD: The spokesperson of Jang, Geo Group has spilled the beans about the arrest of Group’s Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. In a statement, he said that till two days ago, the Chairman of Jang/Geo Group, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, was under tremendous pressure to control and stop any kind of criticism against performance of NAB especially in Shahzaib […]


Editor-in-chief denied medicines, food

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LAHORE: The NAB authorities on Thursday, after arresting the Editor-in-Chief of Jang Group and Geo Network, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, seized his three mobile phones and a bag containing personal documents, and also denied him medicines and food. After the Editor-in-Chief was taken into custody during his visit for investigations at the NAB office, the NAB officials […]


Arrest is NAB’s first flagrant violation of IHC verdict

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ISLAMABAD: Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s arrest by NAB is the first flagrant violation of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision in which it had held that the executive power to arrest a person under the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) cannot be exercised unnecessarily or for conducting roving inquiries. “If an accused is cooperating in the inquiry or […]


Political leaders: arrest to weaken democracy

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ISLAMABAD: The political leadership of the country has condemned the arrest of Jang/Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman by the NAB Lahore in a 34-year-old case pertaining to private property and termed it an attack on freedom of expression. Former president and the PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari condemned the arrest and said that the NAB […]


Media, HR groups, lawyers slam arrest

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ISLAMABAD: National and international media bodies, civil society and human rights bodies have condemned the arrest of Jang/Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman and demanded his immediate release. “Pakistani authorities should immediately release Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, editor-in-chief of the Jang Media Group, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement. “Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau should […]


Politicians, journalists, activists take to social media to condemn arrest

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ISLAMABAD: Political leaders, media bodies, journalists and social media activists while condemning the arrest of Geo/Jang Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) have termed it a part of stifling of media freedom by the government through the anti-graft body.From politicians like former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Ahsan […]


NAB violated its own guidelines in Jang Group Editor-in-Chief’s arrest

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ISLAMABAD: Showing an indecent haste to arrest Jang Group’s Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the NAB has violated its own guidelines issued on Oct 8, 2019 for summoning businessmen in the NAB cases. The guidelines, issued with the signature of DG Operations Zahir Shah, envisaged a procedure to be adopted to proceed against a businessman but in […]


Media freedom attacked: Jang/Geo editor-in-chief arrested

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LAHORE: The NAB has arrested Jang/Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a case related to a property bought allegedly illegally from a government entity more than 34 years ago. The property, in fact, had been bought from a private party, and all evidence, including legal requirements like duty and taxes, to this effect was provided […]


Senate body to watch Zindagi Tamasha before release

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ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary body will watch the film Zindagi Tamasha, directed by Sarmad Khoosat, before it is allowed to be released nationwide, a meeting of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights has decided. After being cleared twice by the country’s Central Film Censor Board, the film was to be showcased in cinemas all over […]


Govt invites social media companies for consultation on Citizen Protection Rules 2020

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We are fully cognizant of the critical role played by Technology Companies in promoting the digital economy and freedom of expression, says PTA. AIC in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Imran Khan warned that the government’s new rules to regulate social media activity will make it “extremely difficult” for digital companies to operate in […]


India on RSF list of digital predators stifling free speech

KARACHI: To mark the World Day against Cyber-Censorship on March 12 (today), global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has unveiled a list of press freedom’s 20 worst digital predators in 2020, who use digital technology to spy on and harass journalists and thereby jeopardise access to news and information. According to the Paris-based body, […]