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Prime Minister PM asked to amend journalists’ protection law

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Journalists Safety Coalition (PJSC) has declared the ‘Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Act 2021’ passed by the previous government as “fundamentally flawed” in some respects and urged Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to amend the law to make it optimally beneficial for stakeholders. This unanimous demand was made during a meeting of […]


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly passes resolution against ban on ARY news

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly has passed a resolution against the ban on ARY News and demanded the restoration of its transmission. According to details, Provincial Minister Shaukat Yousufzai tabled the resolution, seeking the restoration of ARY News transmission. The resolution strongly condemned the cancellation of ARY News’ no-objection certificate (NOC). “The government has not […]


Renowned journalist Javed Chaudhry awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz

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The federal government has awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz to renowned journalist Javed Chaudhry on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence. Chaudhry has been associated with journalism for the past 25 years and has been writing columns under the title “Zero Point”. His column is the most read column according to various national and […]


President gets input on ‘grim’ situation from media persons

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LAHORE: Emphasising the need for initiating a consultative process to bring all stakeholders on the table to listen to each other, President Arif Alvi said on Friday that developing a ‘Charter of Economy’ could help ease out the current political polarisation and economic situation. While talking to a group of media persons at Governor’s House, […]


Saif says law on anvil for journalists’ safety

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PESHAWAR: Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif on Wednesday said they were working to pass the proposed Journalist Protection Bill from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly to ensure the safety of journalists. He was talking to a delegation of Pakistan Journalists Safety Coalition Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter. Freedom Network Chief Executive Iqbal Khattak […]


Farah Hamid appointed chief information commissioner

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PESHAWAR: The provincial government on Friday appointed a former civil servant of BS-22, Mrs Farah Hamid Khan, as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission’s chief information commissioner for a period of three years. A notification issued by the provincial information secretary stated that the provincial cabinet had approved the recommendation made by the chief minister for the […]


Imran Khan’s regime was darkest period for media: Marriyum Aurangzeb

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Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb Saturday said that Imran Khan’s era was the darkest period for media. Addressing a news conference, the minister alleged Imran Khan is a habitual liar and a failed person, he only knows how to lie. She pointed out that Imran Khan is saying that the media was […]


Journalists picked up during PTI govt were not on my orders: Imran

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PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday distanced himself from restraints put on media freedom during his government, saying that any journalists picked up by the authorities were not on his directives. Addressing a seminar on media freedom in Islamabad, he said: “[When I was the prime minister] it was discussed in the cabinet three to […]


Body formed to finalize Journalist Protection (Amend) Bill: Marriyum

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Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Friday that a special committee, comprising representatives from the ministries and media organizations concerned, had been formed to finalize the Journalist and Media Professionals Protection (Amendment) Bill 2022. She informed the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist’s (Dastoor) delegation, which was called on her, about the committee […]


Pakistan urges Twitter to restore its accounts in India

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Pakistan has urged social media website Twitter to restore its official accounts banned in India, terming the move by New Delhi as alarming and in violation of international norms. Several Twitter accounts, including that of Pakistani missions aboard, were withheld in India at New Delhi’s request. The Foreign Office confirmed that the official Twitter handles […]


Senate body approves Access of Media (Deaf and Dumb) Persons Bill 2022

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill, “The Access of Media (Deaf and Dumb) Persons Bill, 2022”. The Committee meeting was chaired by Senator Faisal Javed. The committee approved the bill moved by Senator Saleem Mandviwalla. The bill is aimed at taking the steps to ensure special […]


PTI-era media regulatory body scrapped

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ISLAMABAD: In her first policy statement, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday announced the long-demanded scrapping of the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) in “whatever shape or form it was”, vowed that no black law would be enacted that restricted freedom of expression, and criticised the social media drives against journalists and incitement to violence […]


Prime Minister Shehbaz directs authorities to ensure security of journalists, their homes

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to ensure the security and safety of senior journalists and their homes. Following the directions of the premier, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb has contacted the Inspector General of Police (IG) Islamabad Ahsan Younis and told him that those who tried to harass journalists and attacked […]


Foreign Minister Qureshi says government ready to sit with media over PECA

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HYDERABAD: Senior vice chairman of the Paki­stan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said the PTI government doesn’t believe in curbs on the me­­dia, but it wants the media to play its role with responsibility. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, he said the changes to the Prev­ention of Electronic Crimes […]