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Balochistan CM vows to resolve newspaper industry issues

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QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has vowed to resolve the issue of 15 per cent sales tax levied on newspaper revenue in order to facilitate journalists. Talking to newspaper editors at the CM Secretariat on Sunday, he said that his government would resolve all issues pertaining to the newspaper industry. He praised the […]


Govt urged to protect rights, ensure freedom of expression

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Civil society groups on Friday expressed concern over the spate of attacks on journalists and ever-increasing restrictions on social media and urged the government to ensure freedom of expression – a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan. The Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) held a meeting on Friday at the […]


APNS urges govt to restore newspaper distribution in Balochistan

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society has called upon the federal government to take steps for rehabilitation of the newspaper distribution network in Balochistan. According to a press release, the executive committee of the APNS, at a meeting on Thursday, expressed concern over the breakdown of the network after militant organisations threatened hawkers with dire […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Mind games and media wars

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While the current information revolution has brought unprecedented benefits, it has also given rise to new issues of human security and public safety. Increasing reliance on the internet has transformed us into cyber citizens and our behaviour is gradually being shaped by our exposure to online content. Due to proliferation of smartphones and TV channels, […]


Media houses, workers in Balochistan: APNS voices concern over threats by outlawed organizations

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The APNS expressed its grave concern on the threats and ultimatum issued by outlawed organizations to media houses and media workers operating in Balochistan and termed these threats as harassment and attack on press freedom in the country. Sarmad Ali, President and Umer Mujib Shami, Secretary General of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society have stated […]


Concerned over threats issued to media in Balochistan: APNS

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Karachi – Expressing grave concern on threats and ultimatum issued by outlawed organizations to media houses and media workers operating in Balochistan, the APNS has termed it an attack on press freedom in the country. In a statement issued on Thursday, All Pakistan Newspapers Society President Sarmad Ali and Secretary General Umer Mujib Shami said […]


Press and privacy

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ON Aug 24, a nine-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court unanimously held that: “The right to privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 and as a part of the freedoms guaranteed by Part III of the Constitution.” Article 21 says: “No person shall […]


Pakistani media’s misplaced priorities

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The Pakistani media follows a certain template. Pick any newspaper in the morning or tune in to any news channel in the evening, stories related to politics always make it to the front pages and primetime news bulletins. Read articles in any newspaper or watch any talk show on TV, only one issue dominates — politics. It […]


One rogue DG caused ‘press gagging’ debacle: Marriyum Aurangzeb

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ISLAMABAD: A director general of the information ministry was solely responsible for whatever transpired with the Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) and the consequent drafting of a law curbing press freedom happened without the knowledge of the secretary or the minister. This detail, according to Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Marriyum Aurangzeb, […]