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Journalists sign petition against curbs on media

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LAHORE: More than 50 journalists, including editors and columnists, media persons and media freedom organisation representatives in Pakistan and abroad have signed a petition against curbs on media in the country in recent days. Initiated by journalist Beena Sarwar, the petition states that the signatories were seriously concerned over some recent actions. The petition stated […]


Marriyum condemns murder of journalist

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ISLAMABAD – Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb has strongly condemned the heinous murder of Zeeshan Butt, a journalist, and vowed to ensure that his murderers would meet their due fate. The Minister, in a statement issued here on Wednesday, said that the culprits did not deserve any […]


Court orders to produce missing journalist within three days

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HYDERABAD: The District and Session Judge Hyderabad Amjad Ali Bohio on Wednesday directed Hyderabad SSP Peer Muhammad Shah to produce the missing journalist Kamran Sahito in three days. The petitioner Miral Ali Sahito, father, informed the court that his son, a sub-editor at the Sindh Express, was allegedly picked up by policemen from their residence […]


‘Strict actions should be taken against those involved in violence against journalists’

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LAHORE: An International Conference on “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: A Pakistani Perspective on UNESCO Report” was held in the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), University of the Punjab. Norwegian Ambassador Tore Nedrebo, Swedish Ambassador Ingrid Johnson, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakarya Zakir, ICS Director Dr Noshina Saleem, UNESCO Communications Consultant […]


Minister vows to safeguard journalists’ rights

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KARACHI – Sindh Minister for Information, Labour and Transport Syed Nasir Hussain Shah on Thursday visited the Karachi Press Club (KPC) and met the newly-elected body and members of governing body. He was accompanied by Secretary Information Imran Atta Soomro, Secretary Transport Saeed Ahmed Avan Director Information Dr Muizzuddin Pirzada. He was welcomed by President […]


Journalists facing online insecurity, harassment in Pakistan: Report

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This report, titled “Digital (In)Security of Journalists in Pakistan” seeks to map and understand the digital risks that journalists face in Pakistan and suggests policy interventions based on the data collected. Report says 66% of the journalists who participated in the survey responded that they had suffered online insecurity. Journalists face issues of digital security […]


CPJ seeks restoration of Radio Mashaal

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WASHINGTON: An international media advocacy group, the Committee to Protect Journalists urged Pakistan on Saturday to immediately reverse the order to close the Islamabad bureau of the US-funded Radio Mashaal. Mashaal is the Pashto-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), which is funded by the US Congress. CPJ said the interior ministry issued an […]


Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui escapes kidnap attempt

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Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui managed to evade an abduction attempt in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, by armed men in two cars, who intercepted him as he was on his way to airport in the morning on January 10.   According to Siddiqui who reports for France 24, New York Times, The Guardian and other international publications,  armed men stopped and […]


Peshawar based journalist received threats on his reporting

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Pakistan: Hassan Farhan Tariq, crime reporter, in the Peshawar Bureau of Dawn News television channel has been receiving threatening calls from unknown numbers since December 13, 2017. Callers told him that some of his news stories were against the national interest. Tariq was warned by the caller if he will not stop such reporting, he […]


‘68 journalists, media workers killed in 2017’

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ISLAMABAD: As many as 68 journalists and media workers were killed across the world in 2017 of whom nine were women. Last year, 112 journalists were killed of whom three were women according to the International News Safety Institute (INSI). In 2015, 10 of the 101 journalists killed were women. “This is the highest proportion […]


Govt told to implement anti-blasphemy measures online

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given the federal government a week to implement its order in a case related to the uploading of sacrilegious content on social media. IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui warned on Friday that in case of non-compliance, the prime minister and other cabinet ministers could be summoned at the […]


Kidnapping case against Hamid Mir dismissed

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While dismissing a plea against senior journalist Hamid Mir for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of deceased Khalid Khawaja, Islamabad Sessions Court on Friday said that the applicant has failed to present any evidence in the court. The case was heard by Additional Sessions Judge Mohammad Jahangir. The Ramna police presented an investigation report […]


Journalists end protest after govt, opposition agree to amend Pemra Act

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ISLAMABAD: Journalists from Rawalpindi and Islamabad called off their protest against the administration’s Nov 25 move to take all television news channels off-air on Monday after the government, as well as the opposition, assured them that moves would be initiated to amend the Pemra Act. The Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) had called for the […]


CPNE wants press act repealed

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The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has said that the Press Publication and Book Registration Act 2013 was tantamount to imposing a ban on a free press. In a resolution passed in a meeting on Thursday — chaired by CPNE Vice President and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Committee chairman Tahir Farooq — […]