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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 […]

Freedom with responsibility

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The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was severely criticised by a Canadian social media activist during the ‘Global Conference for Media Freedom: London 2019’. The complainant accused the Foreign Minister (his government) of censoring his Twitter account, telling him that ‘he had no right to silence his journalistic and personal freedom’. Both the […]

Why Is Pakistan’s Media In Crisis?

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It has been an eventfully torrid new millennium so far for the media sector in Pakistan, which has grown enormously in terms of scale and influence. From virtually a staid state-owned broadcast sector at the turn of the century, the sector has morphed into a cacophonous landscape of dozens of independent news and entertainment channels […]

Freedom of expression

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The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi was severely criticized by a Canadian social media activist during the ‘Global Conference for Media Freedom: London 2019’. The complainant accused the foreign minister (his government) of censoring his twitter account, telling him that ‘he had no right to silence his journalistic and personal freedom’. Both the […]

National and regional experiences can enrich SDG monitoring of journalists’ safety

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New possibilities to strengthen the monitoring of attacks on journalists were explored this week at a side-event held at the UN within the context of the High-Level Political Forum reviewing SDG progress. The occasion was a side-event organized by UNESCO, three NGOs – Article 19, Committee to Protect Journalists and IFEX, the permanent missions to […]

“Educating” Journalists

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When the most imminent journalist of the world, John Pilger, argues that there is a global war on journalism, he is not wrong. When he says that there’s a global war on dissent, he does not exaggerate. And Pakistan has joined this war as well as it had joined the war on terror in the […]

Pakistan high risk country for media pluralism: report

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ISLAMABAD: A collaborative research study, the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) Pakistan — carried out by the global media rights organisation Reporters Without Borders and Pakistani media watchdog Freedom Network — has found Pakistan a “high risk country” in terms of media pluralism. The study says more than half of the mass media ownership in Pakistan is […]

Hearing on Fawad’s petition against TV anchor tomorrow

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LAHORE: A judicial magistrate will resume hearing on Friday (tomorrow) of a private complaint filed by Federal Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry seeking action against news anchor Sami Ibrahim for allegedly defaming him by running a malicious campaign. The magistrate had issued a notice during the last hearing to Mr Ibrahim asking him […]

Digital campaign meant to educate journalists, not ridicule them: PTI

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has distanced itself from a recent broadside against the country’s beleaguered media which linked critical coverage by the press to potential “treason”. On Tuesday, the official account of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) fired off over two dozen tweets in English and Urdu, lambasting the press for criticism, saying it can be […]

Herald’s closure is a sad statement on state of media

Closure of the prestigious Herald Magazine is a classical example of curbs on media, resulting in financial squeeze, and changing reading habits. Though it’s been in the grapevine for some time now, the official announcement that Herald has published in its last issue is still shocking. Herald has been a voice of dissent for decades. […]

PBC asks Pemra to ensure media coverage of lawyers’ protests

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ISLAMABAD: Pakis­tan Bar Council (PBC) vice chairman Syed Amjad Shah has asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman to ensure media coverage of the ongoing lawyers’ protests over the filing of references against two superior court judges. In a letter addressed to the Pemra chairman, Mr Shah warned that if the authority failed […]

Journalist hits back at PML-N trolls

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British Journalist David Rose Sunday hit back at Pakistan Muslim League-N leaders and fans for terming his news story on alleged embezzlement and money laundering by their party chairman Shahbaz Sharif as ‘baseless’ and ‘propaganda campaign’. In his report published in British newspaper Mail on Sunday, the journalist had alleged that Shahbaz Sharif and his […]