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Outrage as journalist beaten up in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: Ahmed Noorani, a journalist who works for The News, was admitted to hospital after six people on motorbikes chased his car, intercepted it, dragged him out of the vehicle and beat him up roundly here on Thursday. A large number of political figures, belonging to almost all the major parties, termed the attack a […]


Threats to journalists

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AFTER a brief period of comparative calm, recent events have served as a reminder of the mortal dangers that journalists in Pakistan face. On Sunday morning in Haripur, Bakhshish Ilahi, the bureau chief of an Urdu newspaper, was gunned down while on his way to work. Journalists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have demanded that the provincial […]


Pakistan’s Publishers body condemns cancellation of publishing licenses of two newspapers the capital city

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The administration of Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city, cancelled the publication licenses or ‘declarations’ of Urdu the dailies “Sahafat” and “Dopahr” on October 20, 2017. Khushnood Ali Khan, editor in chief of both newspapers, said the order was given when he submitted a request to upgrade his printing press and to change the printers.  When he […]


Pakistan: Investigative Journalist Injured in Attack

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On October 27, 2017, Ahmad Noorani, an investigative journalist of the English-language daily “The News International” was assaulted by unidentified men in broad daylight at the busy intersection of Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. Noorani’s car was intercepted by six assailants riding on three motorbikes.  They severely beat up Noorani and his driver with […]


Journalists safety bill to be put up before cabinet soon: minister

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ISLAMABAD: After facing criticism from the National Assembly body concerned, the state minister for information said on Wednesday that the bill for security, safety and protection of journalists would be presented before the cabinet soon. The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting had expressed concern over the ministry’s performance and Pir Muhammad Aslam […]


Press freedom situation in Balochistan extremely bad: CPNE

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QUETTA: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors has declared the situation regarding press freedom in Balochistan as extremely bad and contrary to democratic standards. According to a press release issued by the CPNE here on Tuesday, the overall situation regarding press freedom in the province was reviewed at a meeting of CPNE’s standing committee in […]


Govt to monitor social media, says interior minister

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ISLAMABAD: Amid growing concerns over the alleged disappearanceof a number of social media activists linked to the ruling party, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday announced plans to formulate a framework to monitor social media in order to prevent it from being used as a tool to malign national institutions and spread anarchy or extremism in […]


RIUJ condemns social media campaign against journalist Talat Hussain

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ISLAMABAD: Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) has expressed strong reaction to a campaign on the social media to malign a senior journalist and anchorperson Syed Talat Hussain, says a press release on Monday. An important meeting of elected members of the RIUJ was held to condemn this drive. The meeting was presided over by RIUJ […]


Journalist Shahzadi recovered from border area

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Lahore – Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi, who went missing in Lahore in August 2015, was found by security forces on Wednesday night, BBC reported on Friday. Before her abduction, the 25-year-old journalist had been working on the disappearance of an Indian citizen, Hamid Ansari, who was reported traceless in Pakistan since November 2012. The head of the missing […]


‘Missing’ journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after more than 2 years

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Zeenat Shahzadi, the journalist who went missing in Lahore in 2015, has been recovered by security forces, officials said on Friday. Retired Justice Javed Iqbal, head of the missing persons commission, confirmed Shahzadi’s return while speaking to BBC Urdu. She was recovered on Wednesday night from near the Pak-Afghan border, Iqbal said. The newly appointed National Accountability Bureau […]


Separatist groups give dire threats and ultimatum to journalists and media groups

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Mureed Baloch, spokesperson of the outlawed separatist United Baloch Army (UBA) said Pakistani newspapers were an extension of the “Anti Baloch” policies of the state of Pakistan and gave an ultimatum that unless this changed by October 24, they will take severe action.  He warned journalists to stay away from newspaper offices and press clubs […]


PTV attack case: ATC issues arrest warrants for Imran, Qadri

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ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Islamabad on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri in a case regarding the attack on PTV building and torture of the-then Senior Superintendent of Police, Islamabad, Asmatullah Junejo, during their sit-ins in 2014. The court also […]


Three journalists held, released in Pakistan

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Three journalists from Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province went missing under mysterious circumstances on Oct 15 and were released the next day on October 16. Journalist Shahnawaz Tarakzai of Prague-based Mashaal Radio, a project of Radio Free Europe, was forcibly taken by men in plainclothes from the Shabqadar Media Center in Charsadda, KP, on […]


CPNE, APNS urged to help protect journalists

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QUETTA: The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) has urged the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) and the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) to play their role in protecting journalists threatened by militant groups. Speaking to protesting journalists on Saturday, BUJ president Khalil Ahmed and Quetta Press Club president Raza-ur-Rehman condemned the killing in Swabi […]