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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 — […]


Fata journalists protest against arrest of colleagues

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PESHAWAR –  The journalist community on Monday held a protest demonstration against the arrest of their colleague in Khyber Agency and demanded their immediate release. The protest was spearheaded by Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ) former president Ibrahim Shinwari, the Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) Saiful Islam Saifi, Peshawar Press Club Vice President Faridullah alongwith a dozen of tribal and local journalists . The protesting journalists were holding placards […]


Court moved against Pemra chief

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has been moved to order an action against Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman Absar Alam for suspending the transmission of private news channels unlawfully regarding a police operation against the participants of Islamabad sit-in. Amina Malik of the Civil Society Network made this request in a petition calling […]


Pakistan: Government suspend television news channels, Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and Daily Motion to prevent coverage of protests.

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On November 25, 2017, Pakistani government suspended all national private news channels, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Daily Motion across the country for over 24 hours, to prevent coverage of police crackdown against protestors in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. A number of journalists were also injured while covering the protests. Around 8,000 security officials took […]


Journalist shot, injured in Kohat

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KOHAT: A journalist was shot and injured in an attack under mysterious circumstances near his house in Garhi Atta Khan area of Kohat city on Friday. Aleem Haider Zaidi, a correspondent of a private TV channel, parked his motorcycle outside his house and fell down as he received a gunshot, according to a statement he […]


Bomb targeting Khyber journalists defused

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KHYBER AGENCY – Bomb disposal squad on Friday disposed of a remote-control improvised explosive device, which was allegedly fixed by militants to target the vehicle of local media person. Sharing the incident details, Tehsildar Tehseenullah said that local journalist Khalil Jibran, along with his four other colleagues, were on the way to Charwazgai checkpoint for the coverage of a […]


Parliament must not fail in protecting journalists: Babar

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ISLAMABAD: Senator Farhatullah Babar Tuesday said the media persons must avail themselves of the two recent opportunities that opened up last week in the Senate to build a legislative framework for the protection and safety of media persons and to end the impunity with which they are attacked both by state and non-state actors. Addressing […]