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PM highlights importance of media

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that his government believed in freedom of press. The prime minister stated this while chairing a meeting about reforms in Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the role of Press Information Department in projecting the government’s social welfare and economic development initiatives and highlighting positive image of the country […]

SHC tells Sindh govt to pay Rs4.6m to newspapers within 20 days

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has ordered the provincial government to make a payment of Rs 4.6 million to newspapers against advertisement dues within 20 days. A two-judge bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, gave the directive on a petition filed by the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE), The CPNE named the Sindh […]

SHC orders Sindh govt to clear media groups’ dues

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KARACHI Expressing its displeasure over non-payment to media, Sindh High Court has ordered government of Sindh to pay outstanding dues to CPNE member’s newspapers within 20 days. This order was passed on Wednesday by a division bench comprising of Justice Muhammad Ali Mazher and Justice Agha Faisal during hearing a contempt of court application filed […]

Afghanistan’s use of media for levelling allegation against Pakistan regretted

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office regretted on Wednesday that the Afghan government, instead of responding to Pakistani proposal for addressing the cause of recent border skirmishes, had resorted to allegations hurled through the media. “It is highly regrettable that despite mutual agreement on utilising recognised channels of communication, Afghanistan has chosen to raise the issue through a […]

Pakistan denies entry to CPJ program coordinator Steven Butler

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Media and human rights groups including IFEX members condemn Pakistan’s decision to prevent the entry of Steven Butler, who was scheduled to speak at a human rights conference On 17 October the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler was refused entry into Pakistan, despite having a valid visa. Butler was told […]

Shireen apologises for Firdous’s ‘insensitive’ remarks

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday apologised for remarks made by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Informa­tion and Broadcas­ting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan regarding Tuesday’s earthquake which left nearly two scores of people dead, hundreds of others wounded and many houses and infrastructure devastated in Azad Jammu […]

Wage board chairman condoles Niloufer Patel’s death

ISLAMABAD: The chairman of the 8th Wage Board, retired Justice Hasnat Ahmad Khan, has expressed deep sadness on the passing away of Niloufer Patel, director of circulation and coordination at Dawn. Justice Hasnat in a statement released on Wednesday said that Ms Patel would be remembered for her memorable contribution of 36 years in the […]

‘Media is lying’ about Amazon devastation, says Brazil’s president

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UNITED NATIONS: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday it was a lie that the Amazon was being devastated by fire and accused countries critical of him of having a “colonialist spirit.” Speaking first at this year’s UN General Assembly, the far-right leader also heaped praise on his American counterpart Donald Trump for respecting his […]

Film Producers Association elects new governing body

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Film Producers Association’s (PFPA) annual election was held in Lahore in which the organisation elected its new representatives for the year 2019 to 2020. Distribution Club’s CEO and famous producer Sheikh Amjad Rasheed was elected as the new Chairman of PFPA while Sangeeta Begum was elected as the Senior Vice Chairman. As for the Vice […]

Stakeholders’ rejection of media tribunals

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The Cabinet decision to establish Media Tribunals was reportedly prompted due to couple of Ministers’ complaints to the effect that quite a number of journalists have been continuously targeting them to tarnish their public image and of the government by implication with mala fide intentions. The knee-jerk nature of the decision of the Cabinet obviously […]

Media tribunals not yet finalised: Firdous

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KARACHI: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said the federal cabinet has not approved the ‘media tribunals’ nor has finalised any draft for the purpose. “The federal government is not tabling any bill in the parliament regarding the establishment of media tribunals. The news circulating in the circles is not […]

Bad attempt at media control

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When a couple of months ago Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan announced the government decision to set up media courts, all stakeholders had condemned the proposal as an attack on media freedom. Yet the government has refused to listen. Last Tuesday, Awan announced that Prime Minister […]

CPNE meeting rejects proposed media tribunals

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The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has rejected the proposal to establish media tribunals and asked the government to refrain from making ‘such dictatorial black laws’. “Any attempt to curb media would not be accepted and extreme action would be taken. The government would be responsible for it,” said a statement issued after a […]

Journalists to be issued Insaf health cards

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RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has decided to issue Insaf health cards to journalists and other media workers across the country. With these cards, media personnel will be able to avail free medical treatment up to RS725,000 at any government or private hospital. The cards will only be issued to journalists registered as voters […]