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Protest meeting


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KARACHI- Journalists and newspaper workers will observe black day on February 8 by holding a protest meeting at Karachi Press Club (KPC) at 3.30 p.m. against the boycott of Seventh Wage Board by the employers, says a Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) press release. The meeting will decide future course of action for the implementation […]


Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) forms body to investigate Frontier Post issue


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LAHORE- The president, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), has constituted a fact-finding commission to probe into the publication of a blasphemous letter in The Frontier Post in its January 29 issue, says a press release. The commission comprising leading editors of the country is headed by CPNE president Arif Nizami and include M.A. Zuberi, […]


Frontier Post case may be resolved soon says official


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Frontier Post case may be resolved soon says official PESHAWAR- The Frontier Post, a local English daily’s case of publication of a blasphemous letter on January 29 seems to be getting close to a resolution. The Home Secretary, Syed Mazhar Ali Shah said that the in charge editorial page’s confession had made investigation easy and, […]


Workshop for female journalists held


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LARKANA- A two-day workshop was held to train female journalists of rural areas. The workshop was organized by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) under its Journalists’ Skills Development Programme in collaboration with The Freedom Forum Hong Kong. It was conducted by Secretary General PPF Owais Aslam Ali, Director The Freedom Forum Hong Kong Arnold Zeitlin, Chief […]


Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) demands journalists safety


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PESHAWAR- The Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) has asked the Interior Minister, Moinuddin Haider to “ensure the safety of journalists working in NWFP and guarantee the right to inform and to be informed.” The group asked the minister to inform the competent authorities that The Frontier Post web site was no longer “censored” and to […]


Newspaper staffer admits mistake


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PESHAWAR- A probe into the publication of a blasphemous letter in a local English daily took a dramatic turn as the man in charge of the editorial page, now detained, confessed to the police that it was his mistake, which had triggered violent protests and cost the newspaper and its employees so heavily. Munawar Mohsin, […]


Press owners asked to submit declarations


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QUETTA- Directorate of Information Government of Balochistan has directed all printing press owners of the province to provide declarations issued to them by Deputy Commissioners concerned as required under West Pakistan Press and Publication Ordinance 1963 within fifteen days. They have also been asked to inform about address of their press. The declaration and address […]


Commission on Frontier Post issue welcomed


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PESHAWAR- Journalists have expressed satisfaction over the constitution of a Judicial Commission that would probe the publishing of the blasphemous letter. During a joint press conference, President Khyber Union of Journalists (Kh.UJ) Fakhar Alam and President Peshawar Press Club (PPC) Sohail Qalandar said that publication of the letter had not only injured sentiments of Muslims […]


Journalists demand action against concerned official


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PESHAWAR- The journalist community in Peshawar has asked the authorities to initiate action against the official responsible for booking innocent staffers of The Frontier Post for publishing a blasphemous letter in the newspaper on January 29. Addressing a press conference, President Khyber Union of Journalists (Kh.UJ) Fakhr-e-Alam and President Peshawar Press Club (PPC) Suhail Qalandar […]


Jasarat office raided


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PESHAWAR- The bureau office of daily Jasarat was raided by police in the afternoon under the supervision of a magistrate. NWFP Home Secretary, Syed Mazhar Ali Shah, when contacted expressed ignorance about the incident. The raid was ordered when the police allegedly informed that the pamphlets having the text of blasphemous letter were prepared in […]


Government, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) exchange letters on Frontier Post issue


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ISLAMABAD- The government has informed the “Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), USA” that the publication of the blasphemous letter in a local daily has been condemned by all Pakistanis, irrespective of their religious beliefs. It, however assured the committee that no harm would be done to any staffer of The Frontier Post arrested over printing […]


Frontier Post issue: Ulema withdraw strike call


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PESHAWAR- The leading religious party leaders from all over the province unanimously announced postponement of their strike call which they had given to protest against the blasphemous letter published in The Frontier Post daily. This decision was made in a high-level meeting held with known religious and spiritual figure Allama Syed Amir Shah Gillani at […]


Situation be handled as per law says All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS)


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KARACHI- Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, President of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has expressed concern over the situation arising out of the publication of a highly objectionable letter in the daily Frontier Post at Peshawar, and the incidents that occurred in reaction to that letter. What was published was a piece of irresponsible journalism and has hurt […]


Attack on cinema a revengeful act


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PESHAWAR- Provincial Vice President Awami National Party (ANP) and owner of the Shama cinema Bashir Ahmad Bilour has blamed Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) NWFP leaders for attack on the cinema. He has lodged an FIR against Hakim Abdul Waheed and Haji Dost Muhammad Khan. The ANP leader while addressing a hurriedly-called press conference termed it a well-planned […]