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Pakistan Press Freedom Report 1999 by Owais Aslam Ali

Introduction 1999 was not a good year for democracy or for press freedom in Pakistan. The army staged a coup on 12 October as a reaction against the attempt by the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to dismiss the Chief of Army Staff General Pervaiz Musharraf. On 16 October, the constitution was suspended and a […]


Pakistan Press Freedom Report 1998 by Owais Aslam Ali

Introduction Pakistani journalists and media organisations continued to be the target of violence and intimidation by police, local administration, political and religious groups. A bomb exploded in the offices of the daily Dawn, Karachi, on July 9. The device planted in the lavatory on the first floor of the building went off at 1.05 p.m. […]


Pakistan Press Freedom Report 1997 by Owais Aslam Ali

Introduction The year 1997 saw the coming into power of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The government entered into alliance with the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Later renamed as Muttahada Qaumi Movement) or MQM, which resulted in a less violent and turbulent political environment in the province of Sindh. The […]


Report on attacks on the Media in 1996 by Owais Aslam Ali

Pakistani journalists had to face many extreme forms of pressure during 1996. In addition to harassment from official quarters, journalists were made the target of violent attacks by political and religious organisations. Rural journalists remained especially vulnerable to violence by local officials and feudal lords. A few of the more serious incidents involving journalists briefly […]


A Difficult Year For Press Freedom 1995 by Owais Aslam Ali

1995 seemed to be a year when the Pakistani press confronted one crises after the other. Not only did Pakistani journalists have to contend with to the harsh government attitude but also had to suffer violence from political groups and terrorists. In addition, the national media had to deal with an alarming level of disinformation […]


Freedom of the Press and Asian Values in Journalism by Owais Aslam Ali

The discussion of Asian values seems to be a continuation of the debate about development journalism. As with development journalism, one of the difficulties in discussing Asian values is defining what the term means. The diversity of religions, ideologies, traditions, political systems and level of development makes it almost impossible to define a set of […]


Training needs of the media in the new democracies by Owais Aslam Ali

The training needs of the media have increased greatly in most developing countries as a result of the immense changes sweeping the globe. These include the first steps towards democracy, deregulation of economies and privatisation of government-owned enterprises, and a heightened concern for social, environmental and development issues. Running parallel with all these are rapid […]


PAKISTAN’S REPORT UNDER THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

Introduction Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is an independent media research, documentation and training centre working to promote and defend freedom of press.  Press Freedom Report 2011 At least 42 journalists have been killed in the line of duty in Pakistan in last ten years and 29 of them deliberately targeted and murdered because of their […]


PFUJ concerned over bad health of jailed newsmen

KARACHI, August 05 2005: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) on Thursday (AUgust 4) expressed deep concern over the deteriorating health condition of the assistant editor of weekly “Friday Special”, Abdul Latif Abu Shamel, in prison, and demanded his immediate release as well as of three other mediamen and a newspaper hawker. The PFUJ also […]


Nutrition deficiency in women

LARKANA – The speakers at a seminar on “Reproductive Health” arranged by PAVHNA, said that 50 percent of diseases in women are the cause of nutrition deficiency and 550 women out of one lakh die during delivery and thus after every 20 minutes mother breathes her last during child birth in Pakistan. They said that […]


Violence against women to be dealt with sternly: Faisal

ISLAMABAD: The issue of honour killing (Karo-Kari) echoed in the National Assembly on Tuesday and Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat assured the House that the government would not allow any discrimination law against women. The minister gave the assurance while speaking on a calling attention notice that was moved by MP Bhandara, Mehnaz Rafi, Kashmala […]


Armed men kidnapped two people, including a journalist, on the night of March 4, 2004 in the city of Sukkur (Sindh province).

Shahbaz Pathan, a correspondent for the Sindhi daily “Halchal”, was playing badminton with five friends when several armed men tried to kidnap them. Local residents chased the kidnappers, forcing them to free four of the boys after an exchange of gunfire. The bandits, however, abducted Pathan and a 16-year-old boy and took them to the […]