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Government Forms Digital Pakistan Committee, Appoints Tania Aidrus as Convener

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On April 24, the federal government re-appointed Tania Aidrus, a former Google executive, to spearhead Pakistan’s digital transformation efforts. Aidrus will serve as the convener of the newly formed Digital Pakistan Committee, working under the chairmanship of Minister of State for Information Technology Shaza Fatima Khawaja. The move, approved by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, marks a return […]


Federal Information Minister Reiterates Government Support for Media Freedom, Addresses Journalists’ Concerns

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During a meeting with the Karachi Press Club (KPC) delegation on April 24 in Governor House Sindh, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar emphasized the government’s unwavering support for freedom of the press in Pakistan. He acknowledged the media’s crucial role as the fourth pillar of democracy. Tarar highlighted the government’s proactive efforts to clear outstanding dues […]


Sindh Police Chief Forms New Committee in Unsolved Murder Case of Journalist Jan Mahar

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On April 17th, Sindh Inspector General of Police Ghulam Nabi Memon announced the formation of a six-member committee to investigate the unresolved murder of Jan Muhammad Mahar, a senior journalist associated with KTN channel from Sukkur, Sindh.  Mahar was tragically murdered on August 13, 2023, by motorcycle assailants near St. Saviour School on Queens Road, Sukkur, as he returned home from […]


PBA Credits Tarar’s Personal Efforts for Timely Clearance of Electronic Media Dues

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On April 15th, Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) expressed gratitude to the federal government for clearing outstanding dues owed to electronic media outlets. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Federal Information Minister Attaullah Tarar were specifically acknowledged for their role in resolving the issue. PBA highlighted that the dues, accumulated since 2022 and amounting to roughly Rs. 3 billion, […]


Nationwide Internet Outage in Temporarily Disrupts Connectivity

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On April 9, residents across Pakistan experienced a temporary disruption in internet services, with users reporting outages starting from 11:35 am. The primary service providers affected included Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL), Nayatel, and Transworld Home. The connectivity issues were reported in major cities such as Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar. The internet tracker website Downdetector indicated a significant number of reports in the […]


Hunt Continues for More Suspects in Journalist Jan Mohammad Mahar’s Murder

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In a press conference on April 9, Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ghulam Nabi Memon said that the hunt for more suspects is still active in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Jan Mohammad Mahar, a senior journalist associated with KTN channel from Sukkur, Sindh. Mahar was brutally murdered on August 13, 2023, targeted by motorcycle-riding assailants near St. Saviour School […]


Information Minister Tarar Meets Media Groups, Addresses Industry Challenges

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On April 5, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar held separate meetings with representatives from the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) to address concerns in the media industry. Tarar emphasized the government’s commitment to improving working conditions for journalists and resolving challenges faced by […]


Afghan Radio Journalist Ahmad Hanayish Attacked in Islamabad, Suffers Serious Injuries

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An Islamabad-based Afghan journalist, Ahmad Hanayish, also known by his birth name Abdul Aleem Saqib, sustained severe injuries in an attack on April 3 in Islamabad. Renowned for his significant contributions to Afghan media, Hanayish was the head of private Radio Kahkashan and Radio Donya and also served as a correspondent for Radio Azadi, affiliated with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). […]


Federal Cabinet Revises Exit Control List, Media Persons Imran Riaz Khan and Sami Ibrahim Among New Additions

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On March 28, the federal cabinet endorsed the addition of 24 names to the Exit Control List (ECL), following a proposal shared by the Interior Ministry. This list now includes prominent journalists Sami Ibrahim and Imran Riaz Khan. The Interior Ministry circulated a summary for approval from the Federal Cabinet citing ongoing inquiries against the journalists as the reason […]


KPC, Unilever Join Hands to Improve Climate Change Reporting in Pakistan

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On March 29, Karachi Press Club (KPC) and Unilever Pakistan initiated a significant partnership through an interactive session aimed at bolstering climate change journalism in Pakistan. This engagement is part of a broader effort to establish a dynamic platform for climate journalism that enhances the accuracy and depth of environmental reporting.  Speakers emphasized the importance of […]


PPF and 38 others urge Media Freedom Coalition member states to act on Gaza

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) joined a collective call of civil society working on mediafreedom globally to urge the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC) member states to “consistentlyand publicly call for the treatment of Palestinian journalists, who continue to report from Gaza inspite of the risks, as civilians according to established norms of International Humanitarian Law,as well […]


Tarar Calls for Joint Mechanism with China to Address CPEC Fake News

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To address the proliferation of misinformation surrounding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar has called for a coordinated counter-strategy on both government and media levels. During a meeting with Chinese Ambassador Jiang Zaidong on March 21, Tarar underscored the importance of a “close and sustainable partnership” through CPEC for the […]


Mubashir Hassan Appointed as PIO and Director General of Press Information Department

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Mubashir Hassan, a seasoned information officer, has been appointed Principal Information Officer (PIO) and Director General (Grade 21) of the Press Information Department (PID). The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced the appointment, effective March 21, which was made under the Civil Servants Act of 1973. Hassan brings a wealth of experience to the role, having held various influential positions within […]


Tarar Prioritizes Open Communication with Media as New Information Minister

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On March 12, Attaullah Tarar officially took office as Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting. Following his oath-taking ceremony at the President’s House, he began his duties at the ministry. A senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), Tarar was elected as a member of the National Assembly from Constituency NA-127 in Lahore. He […]