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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 […]


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 […]


“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 […]


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 […]


Dawn Editor honoured with Gwen Ifill award

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KARACHI: The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has announced Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award of 2019 for Dawn Editor Zaffar Abbas. The award is presented annually to an individual who has shown extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom. “Abbas, who has decades of experience as a reporter in Pakistan, […]


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 […]


Punjab IGP’s new media policy stirs outrage

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Lahore: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan has issued a new media policy through which certain restrictions have been imposed on media interaction. The policy has been met with outrage from stakeholders who have termed it as a form of censorship and an attack on freedom of information. A circular issued by […]


Government responds to ‘defamatory and malicious’ BBC report about Pakistani military

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Karachi: In response to a “defamatory and malicious story” published by a foreign news outlet against the Pakistani security forces, the government of Pakistan has recently filed a complaint to demand an apology. Published on June 2 by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the story titled ‘Uncovering Pakistan’s secret human rights abuses’ alleged the Pakistani […]


New advertising policy in the offing: Awan

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Tuesday said that a new advertising policy is being formulated while the wage board award for journalists will be discussed after Eid. Speaking at the Lahore Press Club today, Dr Firdous urged media to come forward for bringing about an improvement […]


Two channels served notices for ‘sensationalising’ Farishta issue

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Comm­ittee on Information was informed on Thursday that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had issued show-cause notices to two TV channels for “sensationalising” the Farishta murder issue. In reply to a query by members of the committee, Pemra Chairman Saleem Baig said the show-cause notices had been issued because […]


Understanding the news media

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Oxbridge Society and its co-ordinator Irshad Ullah-Khan were more than happy by Moeed Hassan Pirzada’s lecture in Islamabad last week, where he gave an overview of Pakistan’s media situation, past, present and future. It was good to get some basics sorted out, a description and facts and issues presented, so that people who are not […]


Women journalists hailed for reporting on gender-based violence

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KARACHI: The Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) on Friday commemorated the World Press Freedom Day by applauding the work of women journalists around the world in reporting on gender-based violence. According to a press release, director of New Jersey-based CWGL Krishanti Dharmaraj said: “Women journalists have made a significant contribution to defending human rights […]


Arif Nizami re-elected CPNE president

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Karachi: Senior journalist Arif Nizami was re-elected president of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), said a statement on Thursday. Imtinan Shahid was elected senior vice president and Dr Jabbar Khatak secretary general. President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan extended good wishes and congratulations to the newly-elected officer-bearers. “It is hoped […]


Citing Lack of training among Journalist

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Being responsible is the backbone of journalism, but the Pakistani media lack this aspect, in Balochistan majority of the journalist have martyred and killed. While doing their duty, most significant reason of that is lack of training and the race of “Breaking news”. These heroes have left their loved one behind themselves who are still […]