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Election Commission of Pakistan’s media code vague, restrictive’

By: Waqas Naeem ISLAMABAD: The code of conduct for media proposed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for upcoming elections is vague, general and restrictive and should be made more well-defined, specific and less prohibitive. These suggestions were made by journalists, media analysts and civil society members during a consultative meeting held by the […]


Ban on YouTube to be lifted soon: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Farooq Awan, has said that the government had decided to lift the ban on YouTube “in a few days”. Awan said that the website would be “accessible in the country in a few days”. He also said that the auction to sell third generation (3G) mobile telecom licenses […]


TV channel staffer killed by father

LAHORE: A news channel employee was shot dead allegedly by her father near Lohaywali Pulli in Badami Bagh on Tuesday. Preliminary police investigation showed that Nasira had been living with her divorced mother Bushra Pervaiz. Her father Amanat used to warn her to discontinue work in the news channel. On Tuesday, Amanat shot dead Nasira […]


PEMRA statement: Freedom of expression should not harm state institutions

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) resolved on Monday that freedom of expression should not be allowed to harm state institutions. The authority decided that ensuring freedom of expression is the foremost obligation of a regulator but nowhere is it allowed to harm state institutions and its functionaries in the garb of freedom […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists concerned over rising threats to journalists

LAHORE: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed its concern over the threats received by senior journalist and Punjab Union of Journalists President Rana Mohammad Azeem from the Taliban. Mr Azeem had received threats from the Taliban in response to a news item he wrote in Daily Dunya a couple of days ago. In […]


Senior journalist escapes attack

LAHORE: Unidentified miscreants attacked senior journalist Muhammad Malick on late Saturday night. Malik remained unhurt but his car was damaged by firing. Following the incident, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif took immediate notice of the mishap and ordered probe. The News


CD shop blown up in Charsadda

PESHAWAR: A CD shop was bombed on Saturday in Charsadda District near Mohmand Agency. “A total of three shops were damaged in the blast,” said a district administration official. However, no casualties were reported. “It happened in Purana Bazaar where a number of shopkeepers sell music and film CDs,” said the official. He, however, gave […]


Two journalists gunned down in Karachi

KARACHI: Two journalists of a local weekly were killed Saturday in a targeted attack, newspaper reports said. The Nation said men on a motorbike sprayed bullets on Syed Tariq Hussain and Aslam Raja near Saifi College and fled. Police arrived at the scene and rushed the journalists to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where they were pronounced […]


Geo reporter injured in Karachi violence

KARACHI: Zille Hyder, a Geo TV reporter was injured in an armed clash between two groups at Sohrab Goth Sunday, according to a brief post on the channel’s website www.geo.tv. Hyder, shot in the arm, was rushed to a local hospital where he was reported to be out of danger. Violence continued to rage in […]


French Press Attaché visits Karachi Press Club

KARACHI: Marine Destrez Press Attaché Embassy of France in Islamabad has appreciated the vibrancy of the journalist’s community here while visiting Karachi Press Club (KPC) on the invitation of GM Jamali President Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ). Marine Destrez exchanged views with local journalists regarding various aspects like press freedom etc. Press & Political Attaché […]


Rehman Malik sets up body to review YouTube ban

By: Sarah Munir / Umer Nangiana ISLAMABAD / KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced on Thursday that he has formed a committee to review the ban on video-streaming site YouTube. The review is Malik’s personal initiative since the issue does not fall under the purview of his ministry. The review committee will attempt to develop […]


Journalists’ entry in Orakzai banned

KALAYA: The political administration has imposed a ban on the entry of journalists into the Orakzai Agency, sources said on Thursday.The sources said that every vehicle at the Boya and Ziara checkposts was being checked and journalists were refused entry into the Orakzai Agency. When contacted, the in-charge Ziara checkpost, Subedar Sarfaraz said that he […]


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf condemns killing of Geo employee

Karachi: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Vice Chairman PTI Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Secretary General Dr. Arif Alvi, President Javed Hashmi and Information secretary Shafqat Mahmood strongly condemned the killing of Faraz Haider, a production coordinator for the Creative Department of Geo Television, who died due to the firing of Rangers near the Liaqatabad bridge. The […]


The shut-up call by GHQ is for SC, NAB, PAC and the media

News Analysis By Tariq Butt ISLAMABAD: The target audience of the rare statement of Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, which raised several eyebrows, included four premier institutions and certain individuals occupying top slots in some of them, and the apparent purpose of this shut up call is to halt actions that end […]