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PFUJ set to honour 70 years of struggle

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ISLAMABAD: Founded in 1950, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) attained the grand age of 70 years on Aug 2 (Sunday) this year. Put differently, the oldest union of its kind in South Asia, possibly all of Asia, will complete on Sunday a full seven decades since the launching of its movement for press […]


Sadiq Sanjrani wants JIT on journalist’s murder

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani called for constitution of a joint investigation team (JIT) with regarding to the alleged murder of a Balochistan journalist Anwar Jan. Media-persons walked out of the Senate press gallery during the Wednesday proceedings and returned only after assurances given by Balochistan Awami Party Senator Manzoor Ahmad and chief whip […]


PEMRA renews VU license

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) awarded license renewal for Virtual University for next 15 years in connection of non-commercial education Category. 159th meeting of PEMRA Authority held on Monday in the chair of Chairman PEMRA Muhammad Saleem Baig at PEMRA headquarters. PEMRA decided unanimously to award license renewal for Virtual University under non-commercial […]


India should allow world media to visit IOK: FO

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has demanded that independent human rights observers and international media should be permitted to get a firsthand view of the situation in the India Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and along the Line of Control (LoC). Addressing a weekly news briefing here on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said that Pakistan has consistently called […]


AJK people tell foreign journalists tales of pain caused by Indian firing

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MUZAFFARABAD: A group of Islamabad-based foreign correspondents visited Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Wednesday to gain first-hand knowledge about the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) amid “unrelenting and unprovoked” ceasefire violations by the Indian army. According to sources, the media persons visited the Chirikot sector in Haveli district. They were shown the […]


IPI urges PM to ensure safety of six Pakistani journalists residing abroad

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KARACHI: The International Press Institute (IPI) in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed its extreme concern for the safety of six Pakistani journalists currently living in Europe and America. The IPI is a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists working for press freedom. IPI deputy director Scott Griffen wrote […]


Lack of PhD teachers: HEC bars admissions in IBA Karachi journalism department

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KARACHI: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has barred the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi from admitting a Master of Science in Journalism. It is learned that the HEC has barred the IBA’s Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) from pursuing a Master of Science in Journalism due to lack of PhD teachers and directed […]


Sadaf Zahra likely died of asphyxiation: post-mortem report

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ISLAMABAD: The post-mortem report of Sadaf Zahra, who was allegedly killed by her husband, journalist Salman Alvi, has put asphyxiation the likely cause of her death in its initial findings. According to the report, the 38-year-old died at 2pm on June 29 at her residence in Rawalpindi. Sadaf Zahra’s right cheek has a mark, while her […]


Journalist arrested for allegedly killing wife in Rawalpindi

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A journalist working for a private TV channel has been arrested for allegedly killing his wife in Rawalpindi’s Yousuf Colony, it emerged on Wednesday. According to the FIR registered at Airport Police Station by the victim’s sister, the incident occurred on June 29. In the complaint, she stated that the suspect, identified as Ali Salman […]


Journalism and textbooks: Part – IV

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The writer holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK and works in Islamabad. In most public-sector colleges and universities of Pakistan, reading Urdu textbooks of journalism is more like regurgitating Pakistan Studies textbooks again and again. Let’s have a look at yet another book titled ‘Sahafat Pakistan mein’ (Journalism in Pakistan) by Humayun […]


Journalism and textbooks – Part III

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In the first two parts of this series (June 28 and 29) we started discussing how journalism textbooks in Urdu are overwhelmingly anti-democracy and try to promote authoritarian and sectarian attitudes in society. A book by Ahsan Akhtar Naz, titled ‘Sahafati Zimmedariyan’ (Journalistic responsibilities) published in 1990 by the National Language Authority is a case […]


Financial support of press clubs, journalists top priority: Shibli

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said on Sunday that provision of financial support to press clubs and deserving journalists across the country was the top priority of present government. Addressing a ceremony organised at the Press Information Department for financial support of various press clubs, he said it was the long-standing […]


Charge-sheet submitted in Aziz Memon murder case

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NAUSHAHRO FEROZE: Nawabshah police on Saturday submitted the charge-sheet of senior journalist Aziz Memon’s murder case in the Kandiaro court. The body of Mr Memon, who had a long association with the Sindhi language Kawish newspaper and news channel, was found floating in a water channel in Mehrabpur in February. Initially, police believed it was […]


Journalism and textbooks – Part I

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Many senior journalists, and observers of the media in Pakistan often complain about new or younger media professionals who have become self-styled promoters of chauvinism, jingoism and sectarian tendencies in the country. This point appears to have some truth in it. We find an overwhelming majority of professionals in the media belonging to a mindset […]