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Withdrawal of General Sales Tax: All Pakistan Newspapers Society hails Punjab chief minister’s decision

The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) expressed its profound gratitude to the Chief Minister, Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif for withdrawal of the General Sales Tax imposed on the advertisements of newspapers and periodicals in Punjab on the request of the APNS. The APNS has stated that during a meeting with Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister, Punjab was […]

Declaration on protection of journalists signed

ISLAMABAD: To devise a national strategy to protect journalists and formulate policies for freedom of expression in the country, a declaration on “safety of journalists” was signed at a hotel on Monday by different stakeholders, including members of the United Nations bodies. The declaration was adopted after a meeting organised to provide Pakistan-specific inputs for […]

Music shop blown up in North Waziristan Agency

MIRANSHAH: Some unidentified miscreants blew up a music shop in Miranshah Bazaar area on late Saturday night. According to details, some unidentified persons blew up the music shop with explosive material at Noor Tali Khan in Miranshah Bazaar area in North Waziristan Agency. Nearly a dozen of other shops situated near the destroyed shop were […]

Media houses relocate over Taliban threat

PESHAWAR: Offices of several media organizations including those of Jang and The News have moved out of Badshah Towers over security fears. correspondent in Peshawar says that Geo TV are currently in the process of packing up from the building. The News, Jang and Nai Baat newspapers have shifted to Deans Trade Centre a […]

Pakistan’s human rights review: Internet censorship comes under scrutiny

KARACHI: As part of a review of Pakistan’s human rights standing, the Netherlands has recommended that Pakistan remove restrictions on internet access. The recommendation is part of a draft report of the UN Human Rights Council working group on the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan. In the draft report, released on November 2, the working […]

Columnist Marvi Sarmad escapes attempt on life

By: Shakeel Anjum ISLAMABAD: Marvi Sarmad, columnist and human rights campaigner, on Friday night narrowly escaped when some unknown gunmen opened fire at her car on the Murree Road near Shahdara More in front of Malpur when she was making a right turn towards the Bani Gala where she lives. The police registered a case […]

German foundation gives its highest award to Pakistani Tribal Union of Journalists

Berlin: The German Foundation Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftungor FES gives its highest human rights award to the tribal union of journalist or TUJ, FATA. This award is recognition of the work done by the journalists in FATA. TUJ has worked for 20 years to consolidate media freedom and freedom of expression in the region. It represents around 250 […]

Time to act in Pakistan is now, say human rights NGOs

Commitments must be followed by action said national and international human rights NGOs today in the wake of the second review of Pakistan under the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. NGO representatives said that they feared that an overoptimistic picture of progress since 2008 had been presented by the government delegation, headed by Minister […]

Journalists condemn violent police behavior

PESHAWAR: Khyber Union of Journalists (KuJ) and the Peshawar Press Club have condemned the rude and violent behavior of police after a local journalist was beaten up. Ziaul Haq, ARY TV bureau chief was thrashed by cops Thursday in the presence of Superintendent of Police Khalid Hamdani, reports said. In a hurriedly called meeting at […]

Women Journalists and the Era of Social Media in Pakistan

By: Hammad Siddiqui This certainly is the Social Era, where more and more people are getting connected via Facebook, Twitter and other similar platforms. Social media is now also considered an essential tool for journalists. In Pakistan there is a growing number of young journalists, working both in print and electronic media. Some of these […]

High Court issues show-cause notice to TV channel

By: Malik Asad ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court issued a show-cause notice to the owner of a private television channel on Tuesday for airing a programme containing defamatory and scandalous material against judges of superior judiciary. Hearing a petition filed by Nadeem Ahmed through his counsel Akram Sheikh, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed Haji Abdul […]

Journalists in danger

As the United Nations Human Rights Council prepared for its Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan, Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm over growing threats to journalists’ lives and safety in many regions of the country. The free press organization, which has official consultative status with the U.N., had recommended as recently as April a series of […]

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block illegal calls from abroad

By: Hanif Khalid ISLAMABAD: Government has decided to stem the huge losses incurred by illegal international calls coming to Pakistan by making it sure that no call from abroad is made to Pakistan without payment. This was stated by Chairman PTA Farooq Awan while talking to ‘The News’ here on Friday. Previously foreign operators had […]

Injured son of journalist dies

QUETTA: A Khuzdar journalist’s son who was injured in a shooting incident on Thursday, died in a local hospital on Friday. Two men on a motorbike had opened fire on a car in Khuzdar on Thursday, killing Siraj Ahmed and injuring Manzoor Ahmed, both sons of Nadeem Gurganari, president of the Khuzdar Press Club. On […]