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Conference on corruption ends: Media urged to play its role as watchdog

KARACHI: Several presentations were made and papers read by experts from Pakistan and abroad focusing on the ‘Culture of corruption’ at the International Conference on Corruption on its second and final day at a local hotel on Sunday. Dr Ayesha Siddiqa’s paper was titled ‘Watching the watchdog’, which highlighted the media’s problems and responsibilities in […]

Media closure in Peshawar tower continues

PESHAWAR: For the third day running employees of media organizations housed in Badshah Tower are working from home following threats from the Taliban militants. correspondent in Peshawar says security around the tower continues to be tight with police present there all the time. Geo TV, Jang, The News, Nai Baat, Intermedia and Internews are […]

United Nation calls for arrest of journalists’ killers

By: Masood Haider UNITED NATIONS: A top UN official has called upon the Pakistan government to investigate the killing of two journalists and bring those responsible to book. “I condemn the murder of Abdul Khaliq and Mushtaq Khand,” said Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Irina Bokova on Friday. “I am […]

Defaming judiciary on TV: Pemra catches lawyer ‘on the wrong foot

By: Malik Asad ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman caused a stir in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday when he informed Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui that lawyer Akram Sheikh, pleading the petition that Pemra stop TV channels from airing anything defamatory to the judges, himself had participated in such a […]

UNESCO condemns murder of reporters in Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS: The head of the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom called on Pakistani authorities on Friday to investigate the killing of two journalists and bring the perpetrators to justice. “I condemn the murder of Adbul Kahliq and Mushtaq Khand,” said the Director-General of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), […]

Security of media houses to be ensured at all costs: Malik

Shakeel Anjum ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik Thursday said that security of media houses would be ensured at all costs. Talking to media here, he said soon a plan would be devised in collaboration with TV channels for security, and in this regard the Interior Ministry would provide them all out support, including training. Replying […]

CPNE concerned over threats to media

KARACHI: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has vowed to protect media persons and establishments from the threats of dire consequences of TTP. In a joint press statement issued here on Thursday by President CPNE Jamil Athar Qazi, Senior Vice-President Ilyas Shakir and Secretary General Amir Mahmood have expressed serious concern over the threats […]

Govt told to block profane material on internet

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court directed on Thursday the federal government to block access to blasphemous material available on internet. Justice Ijazul Ahsan issued this order on a petition filed by the Jamaat-i-Islami and also sought a detailed reply from the government by Nov 8. The JI filed the petition through its secretary-general, Liaquat Baloch, […]

Killing of 49 journalists highest in world: report

I.H Raashed LAHORE: A joint report prepared for the UN Human Rights Council by various NGOs about the human rights situation during the past four years and a half has stated that the killing of 49 journalists during the period has made Pakistan with highest fatalities of journalists in the world. They include 20 in […]

After Malala shooting, Taliban go after media critics

LAHORE: Journalists have spoken out strongly since the Taliban attempted to kill Malala Yousufzai on October 9. The Taliban, in return, are threatening the media over their coverage, according to journalists and news reports, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. “Media houses, TV anchors and some well-known journalists are under serious threat,” one […]

All Pakistan Newspapers Society takes up security issue with Malik

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), headed by its President Sarmad Ali, on Wednesday called on Interior Minister Rehman Malik and discussed at length Taliban threats to certain media houses for highlighting the attack on Malala Yousafzai explicitly. The delegates included Business Recorder Chief Executive Arshad Zuberi and Nawa-i-Waqt Group Deputy Managing […]

Government denies state TV will be used against judiciary

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has strongly rejected contents of a news item published in dailies “The News” and “Jang” on October 17, 2012, alleging that government TV will be used to ridicule the judiciary. The spokesman said that the government and its institutions respect the judiciary as an important […]

Cop harasses Nai Baat reporter

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) Sunday asked the provincial government to take stern action against Sub Inspector Kishwar Khan of Gulberg Police Station for harassing and misbehaving with a staff reporter of an Urdu daily. The union threatened to launch a series of protests if prompt action was not taken. The KhUJ, quoting […]

Government TV to be used to ridicule judiciary

By: Ahmad Noorani ISLAMABAD: Following strict orders from two high courts not to violate the Constitution by attacking and abusing judges in TV programmes and press conferences and the cancellation of a press conference in Rawalpindi, the PPP government has decided to use the state-owned TV channel for the purpose as now most private TV […]