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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 […]

Khuzdar Press Club president’s son slain

By: Mohammad Zafar QUETTA: Gunmen attacked the two sons of a journalist in the Khuzdar district on Thursday, killing one of them and critically injuring the other, police officials said. ASI Abdul Raheem told The Express Tribune that the two sons of Khuzdar Press Club president Allah Bakhsh, better known as Nadeem Gurgnari, were attacked […]

Journalists protest colleague’s murder

KARACHI: Scores of journalists on Wednesday mounted a demonstration against the continued killing of their colleagues and the government’s failure to provide protection to them. The demonstration was organised by the Karachi Union of Journalists (Dasturi Group) at the press club in protest against the gunning down of a senior newsman, Khalid Mustafa Mengal, in […]

Media-related cases in superior courts on the rise

By: Hasnaat Malik ISLAMABAD: Cases pertaining to the media are on the rise in the superior courts as several have been instituted in this regard since June 2012. Since the start of the lawyers’ movement, relationship between the superior courts and media has been cordial and the chief justice of Pakistan has taken most of […]

Senior journalist beaten in presence of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa minister

By: Anaam Raza & Murtaza Ali Shah LONDON: A senior Pakistani journalist has lodged a complaint with the Metropolitan police in London that he was tortured in the presence of Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the Information Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), at a controversial awards ceremony here. Mujahid Omar, who has been working in Pakistani community for […]

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists president seeks code of conduct for media

ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Pervez Shaukat has said that no society could develop without free press because it is fourth pillar of the state. Talking to state-run radio, he said that media strengthens democracy and provides information to the people. He said a country suffers whenever ban is imposed on […]

Journalist, two cops among 8 gunned down

KARACHI: Eight people including two cops and a journalist of a local newspaper were gunned down while three others were wounded in various parts of the metropolis here on Tuesday.Unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate gunshots on a police head constable Sajid, 40, son of Allah Bux at Timber Market in the limits of Napier police […]

Media community concerned over attacks on journalists

KARACHI: The world media community has condemned killings and ‘other forms of oppression of journalists’ and expressed dismay at the failure of many governments to bring the killers to justice. It said ineffectiveness of the United Nations resolutions on the safety of newsmen was disappointing. In a statement issued after a symposium of global media […]