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‘Govt defending Daily Mail story proves it’s involved’

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Sunday said prime minister’s aide Shahzad Akbar responding to her party president Shehbaz Sharif’s legal action against Daily Mail for its “defamatory” story against him clearly indicated that the government was behind the report published in the British publication. “Why is the government incensed by Shehbaz’s sending […]


NAB starts probe into newspaper ads from 2007

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LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started investigation into the monetary benefits and details of advertisements issued to various publications/ newspapers of the country from the year 2007 to the current year. A letter issued by NAB’s Lahore Additional Director (Staff) Muhammad Mazhar Javed states that details of distribution of advertisements to newspapers from […]


‘Setting up media courts is an attack on media’

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LAHORE: A Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker termed the government’s suggestion of setting up media courts as an “attack on the media itself”. Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Hina Pervez Butt strongly condemned the government’s suggestion in a resolution submitted at the Punjab Assembly secretariat. The MPA contended that the government’s act of censorship is tantamount […]


Shehbaz Sharif sends legal notice to British publication, journalist over ‘politically motivated’ story

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PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has sent a legal notice to British publication The Mail on Sunday and online news site Mail Online, and its journalist David Rose, about an article published on July 14, it emerged on Friday. According to a press release, dated July 25 and issued by London-based legal firm Carter-Ruck Solicitors, a formal legal complaint […]


Ahsan slams govt for media censorship

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Lahore: PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal has expressed gratitude to the masses for making the Black Day successful by participating in rallies in large numbers. People’s participation despite police crackdown proved that they have rejected the government that came into power through stealing the mandate, he said while addressing a press conference at the PML-N […]


Government to set up media courts in the country

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The Government of Pakistan on July 24 proposed to establish media courts to resolve issues related to the media industry and ensure timely justice to the victims of media, besides introducing a new advertising policy and issuing licenses to 58 new TV channels. Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information […]


Financial crisis worsens: APNS urges government to extend bailout package

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Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information has assured the APNS that the federal government is committed to freedom of press and address the problems faced by the newspaper industry. Firdous visited the APNS House and held a meeting with the APNS members wherein she was apprised on the acute […]


PBA slams Geo’s relocation by cable operators

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has condemned the relocation of Geo News from its original position to later numbers of channels by the media regulator Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). In a statement on Tuesday, the PBA said a complaint was lodged by its member channel Geo News, saying it had been moved on several cable […]


Firdous says federal govt committed to freedom of press

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KARACHI: Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information, has assured the APNS that the federal government is committed to the freedom of press and address the problems faced by the newspaper industry. Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan visited the APNS House and held a meeting with the APNS members wherein she […]


Bilawal says opposition facing ‘censorship’ in Parliament

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Islamabad: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the opposition was facing ‘censorship’ in the Parliament. Addressing the National Assembly, Bilawal said constructive criticism was important for every democracy, however, our opposition is facing ‘censorship’ in the parliament. “Ban on the use of word ‘selected’ is the worst censorship in history”, […]


Firdous Awan visits KPC, assures journalists of support

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Karachi: Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, the special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting, has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will effectively advocate the case of Pakistan during his meeting with US President Donald Trump. Speaking to media at the Karachi Press Club on Monday, Awan said that Imran Khan had gone […]


Attack on media freedom

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PTI trolls did no service to their party when on Tuesday they started a smear campaign on Twitter against independent media houses and journalists giving unfavourable coverage to its policies. The party’s social media wing fired off at least two dozen tweets in English and Urdu attacking the media for allegedly using freedom of expression […]


PPF condemns detention of Cuban journalist

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of Cuba has expressed concern over the detention of Ricardo Fernández Izaguirre, a journalist and correspondent of 14ymedio portal. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the detention of journalist and call on the concerned authorities to immediately release him without any charges. […]


Television News channel taken off air and numbers reshuffled in many parts of the country

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The transmission of Geo News television channel was taken off air and its channel number abruptly changed in many parts of the country hours before Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s visit to the Washington, D.C., for an official visit on July 20, 2019. According to the channel’s managing director, Azhar Abbas, “the channel was blocked […]