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PBA complains to govt on Rs1 bn unfair tax relief to ARY

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has written a letter to the government hinting at possible favoritism to the ARY in Rs1 billion fraud case that the government had caught in 2013. The illegal exemption certificate on airtime/content claimed by the FBR worth multimillion rupees has opened up a new Pandora’s box prompting the PBA […]


Freedom of media

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It is a matter of shame that even after 73 years of independence our governments have not realized and understood the importance of freedom of expression. We have had a long history of demonstrations and movements against the highhandedness of the various governments that tried to suppress the media – both electronic and print. Today […]


Date of indictment in DHA double murder case fixed for March 28

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A district & sessions court on Saturday fixed the date of indictment in the DHA double murder case for March 28, providing prime suspect Atif Zaman with a lawyer on state expense because his personal attorney could not appear in court again. At the judicial complex in the Central Jail Karachi, the additional district & […]


Pakistan court: Free speech under threat in country

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Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has made it clear that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan and, the courts being custodians of the constitution, would not allow curbs on freedom of expression in forms of banning any media house or TV channel. IHC Chief Justice Athar […]


Court seeks comments on plea against Marvi Sirmed, TV anchor

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MUZAFFARGARH: A local citizen has moved court for the registration of a case against Marvi Sirmed and TV anchor Ayesha Ahtesham. Additional Sessions Judge Humaira-tuz-Zahra has sought comments from the Muzaffargarh SP Investigations and the SHO City till March 14. Waqas Shakir through his counsel Shakir Sukhani filed an application in the court, taking the […]


SHC directs PID chief to appear in person over Dawn petition on 24th

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed the director general of the Press Information Department (PID) to appear in person on March 24 over a petition filed by the Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt) Limited (PHPL) against withholding of advertisements by the federal government from daily Dawn. The petition, filed by Advocate Muneer A. Malik […]


Women journalists important pillar of Pakistan’s media: Firdous

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Monday that women journalists were an “important pillar” of Pakistan’s media who needed to step ahead and play an active part for the betterment of the country. “Women journalists have played a key role in transforming challenges into opportunities. […]


SHC reserves judgment in Daniel Pearl kidnapping and murder case

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The Sindh High Court on Friday reserved its judgment on the appeals of four convicts in the kidnapping and murder case of American journalist Daniel Pearl after hearing the arguments of the appellants and the state counsel. British national Ahmed Omer Sheikh was sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing the journalist, and his three […]


IHC stops MD, Chairman PTV from performing duties

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court Friday stopped Managing Director Aamer Manzor and Chairman PTV Arshad Khan PTV from performing their duties while seeking para wise comments from respondents on petition challenging their appointments.  Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani of IHC conducted the hearing filed by a citizen Muhammad Shafi through his counsel Umair Baloch, challenging the appointments of four members […]


ATC adjourns hearing on PTV, Parliament attack case till March 26

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ISLAMABAD – An Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad on Thursday adjourned the hearing of a case pertaining attack on Parliament and PTV buildings during the 2014 sit-in against alleged rigging in general elections. The hearing was adjourned without any further proceedings due to the leave of ATC judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan. During the […]


NAB’s another malicious attack on press freedom

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ISLAMABAD: Under the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has served the Group Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief of the Jang-Geo Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman a notice for an inquiry related to a property allegedly bought illegally from a government entity more than 34 years ago. The case is malicious and fake and all […]


SHC seeks govt comments on challenge to denying ads to Dawn

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday issued notices to the secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Press Information Department (PID) on a petition challenging the withholding of advertisements by the federal government from daily Dawn. The SHC bench comprising Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Yousuf Ali Sayeed also […]


Journalists in Balochistan get housing scheme letters

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QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani handed over offer letters of a journalist housing scheme to the Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) and Quetta Press Club at the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected office-bearers on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister regretted that journalists housing scheme had faced delays for the […]


Durrani resigns as SAPM on Media

ISLAMABAD – Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Media Affairs, Iftikhar Durrani, on Tuesday officially resigned from his position. According to sources, the prime minister has accepted his resignation. Durrani maintained that despite leaving the PTI government, he had full confidence in PM Imran’s leadership and he would continue to work as a member of the […]