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Journalist’s arrest

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THE arrest of a journalist in Quetta on Sunday illustrates the extent to which the legislation on electronic crimes can be used to stifle dissent. Zafarullah Achakzai, a reporter for a Quetta-based daily, was taken into custody by security personnel in plainclothes, a questionable modus operandi in itself, and charges were filed against him by […]


Pakistan: Journalist arrested posting critical posts on Facebook

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Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on June 29 charged Zafar Achakzai, a journalist working for Daily “Qudrat” in the city of Quetta, under the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016. Local journalists believe Achakzai was arrested for comments he had posted on Facebook criticizing security agencies and the arrest of Majeed Khan Achakzai, a member […]


Police investigate female journalist’s murder

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KARACHI: Police have registered a murder case against unidentified persons over the alleged killing of a female journalist in Karachi. An FIR, No 140/17, has been registered at the Brigade police station under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). The case was registered on behalf of the victim’s brother Zafar. Zeeba Burney, 65, was found […]


Senior journalist murdered in Karachi

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KARACHI: A senior journalist, who had been living alone after retirement from Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper, was murdered during Eid holidays in the city, officials said on Wednesday. Zeba Burney, wife of late journalist Naeem Qamar, was found dead inside her flat in Khudadad Colony on Monday morning, Jamshed SP Dr Rizwan Ahmed said. Her body was […]


Pakistan: Journalist picked up by paramilitary forces without warrant for critical posts on Facebook

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On June 25, Zafar Achakzai, a journalist working for Daily “Qudrat”, was abducted by men in plain clothes from his home in Quetta the capital of Pakistan’s restive province of Balochistan.  Achakzai’s whereabouts remain unknown though local journalists believe he was  picked up by the paramilitary Frontier Corps. According to local journalists Achakzai was picked up for the comments he […]


Case against 39 UAF employees for torture of journalists

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FAISALABAD: The Civil Lines police on Thursday night registered a case against 39 University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) officials including director student affairs, security head, principal officer public relations, security officer and guards for torturing journalists a few days ago. The name of UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed is not part of the FIR as […]


Journalists demand action against security guards

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FAISALABAD: Journalists Wednesday took out a protest rally against the excesses of University of Agriculture Faisalabad’s security guards who beat TV channel cameramen and reporters a day before. The journalists from electronic and print media on Thursday were taking photographs of a protest launched by six rusticated students in front of the University of Agriculture. […]


Violence against journalists

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In a society where a culture of violence and machismo seems to have become entrenched, journalists whose job it is to report on events and developments both positive and otherwise can often find themselves in a difficult situation. This was again illustrated by a couple of incidents that transpired earlier this week. At the University of […]


PFUJ rejects govt’s proposed draft of Journalists Protection Bill 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) out rightly rejected the proposed final draft of the journalists Protection and Welfare Bill, 2017 as neither it provided protection framework for journalists nor any punishment for those involved in killing of journalists. “This is a sham bill aimed at befooling the journalist community as well as […]


No case in attack on journalists

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FAISALABAD: An application has been submitted with the Civil Lines police for registration of a case against the vice chancellor, security head, principle officer public relations and the security guards of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in the case of attack on journalists. Yousaf Cheema, a reporter for Saama TV, submitted the application on Tuesday […]


PPF condemned the assault on Nigerian journalist

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria expressed concern over the Charles Otu, a correspondent of the Guardian newspaper, who was badly, assaulted by the armed men allegedly, political thugs at Vanco Junction in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on June 3. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali condemned […]


Pakistan: Media personnel beaten to prevent coverage of student protest

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Seventeen media workers were assaulted and their equipment seized by the private guards of Agriculture University Faisalabad, while they tried to cover the incident of expelled students, who were not being allowed to enter the varsity premises. The incident took place on June 20 in Faisalabad city in the Punjab province Pakistan. Those who were […]


Attack on media won’t be tolerated: Marriyum

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has condemned the attack on a DSNG van of a private news channel in Faisalabad on Tuesday. In a statement, she said no restriction can be imposed on Media in the country and the democratic government firmly believes in freedom of expression. She said attacks on Media […]


Ministry asked to take steps for protecting journalists

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has directed the ministry to take measures to protect journalists and their families without dilly-dallying. The committee while discussing ‘The Protection of Journalists Bill, 2014’ directed the Information and Broadcasting Division to complete consultation with all the stakeholders including media organisations without further […]