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PPF condemns attack on Accra-based journalists

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana has expressed concern over the attack on two Accra based journalists on July 5, 2019. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter has condemned the assault on journalists working in the line of duty and called on the authorities to […]


CM increases Lahore Press Club’s annual grant

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Lahore: Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has increased the Lahore Press Club annual grant for the journalists welfare from Rs5 million to Rs20 million. The chief minister directed to waive off monthly outstanding dues of residents of Journalist Colony amounting to Rs12 million as well as issue Health Cards to the members of Lahore Press […]


Bilawal slams media censorship

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Sukkur: Rejecting curbs on freedom of expression and independence of speech, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said they are committed to upholding these basic human rights and will fully support and defend journalists against government censorship. Addressing the media at Sukkur Press Club on Thursday, he said the media fought against dictators generals Ayub, Ziaul […]


Interview of Pakistan’s leading opposition leader taken off air

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An interview of Pakistan’s leading opposition leader was taken off air soon after it was aired on Hum News on July 11, 2019. The interview Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Vice –President Maryam Nawaz was being conducted by Nadeem Malik, journalist and host of programme ‘Nadeem Malik Live’. Malik stated that soon after he started the program his […]


Government decides to bar television channels from giving coverage to political leaders convicted or accused of corruption

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The Government of Pakistan has decided that media should not be allowed to give coverage to political leaders convicted or accused of corruption.  I meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 8 directed the electronic media regulator, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to fulfill its responsibility to ensure that decided that no convicted […]


Govt wants media block on interviews of undertrials

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Islamabad: The government has decided to approach the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on airing of interviews of convicted persons by the electronic media. During a meeting here on Tuesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, the federal cabinet discussed the interview and expressed concern over it. Geo News interviewed the PPPP […]


PML-N has multiple secretly filmed videos of Judge Arshad Malik

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Islamabad: Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik has been secretly filmed multiple times talking about Nawaz Sharif’s case, it has been learnt. PML-N sources confided to The News that the videos, secretly filmed, do not belong to Nasir Butt (who was seen sitting next to the judge in the video shown by the Maryam Nawaz a […]


PFUJ warns against curbs on press freedom

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Islamabad: The Pakis­tan Federal Union of Journa­lists (Afzal Butt group) has warned that the threat to the freedom of press has assu­med ominous proportions. A meeting of the PFUJ’s Federal Executive Council, held from July 5 to 7 with Mr Butt in the chair, observed that arm-twisting of media-owners was resulting in firing of workers […]


Judge seeks legal action on video scandal

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ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Denying the allegation of being blackmailed into convicting former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia reference, judge Arshad Malik on Sunday termed the video fabricated and false and said it was made by twisting his conversations on different occasions. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz, who had screened the judge’s purported video […]


Censorship in a more innocent age

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I ALWAYS thought that I had entered journalism at the worst possible time. Till recently, that is. I joined The Star (a publication of the Dawn Group, now defunct) in June 1981 when the press was kept on a tight leash through harsh censorship by Gen Zia-ul Haq’s martial law regime. Transgressions could lead to imprisonment, fines, […]


PFUJ calls for action against people behind online drive targeting journalists

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists has taken notice of a malicious campaign launched on social media against some top journalists of the country. The union’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) adopted a resolution at its meeting on Saturday, which urged the government to take action against those responsible for the “life-threatening campaign”. It called […]


Drive against free speech

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THREATS to journalism in Pakistan, and by extension freedom of expression, continue to rear their head frequently in the online space. On Thursday, a Twitter campaign was launched under the hashtag #ArrestAntiPakjournalists, with over 28,000 tweets published in a matter of hours. Consequently, the hashtag trended at number one position in Pakistan for some time. […]


Panel made to amend Pemra Act to stop fake news on social media

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Islamabad : Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Wednesday said that there is no guideline in Pemra rules to monitor social media. She said that false reports are not good for the government, state and any political party. She said that private lives of people are being […]


APNS deplores levy of sales tax on ads

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) on Tuesday strongly condemned the levy of sales tax by the Sindh government on newspaper advertisements, terming the situation alarming for the print media particularly when the provincial government has yet to clear more than Rs1 billion dues. Seeking withdrawal of the sudden move, the APNS said it […]