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Media accountability petition: Supreme Court freezes government’s ‘secret media fund’

By: Mohammad Zafar QUETTA: The Supreme Court has ordered to the authorities to freeze a ‘secret account’ of the ministry of information and broadcasting till the next date of hearing of a case pertaining to the formation of a media accountability commission. A division bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Jawwad Khawaja and Justice […]


All Pakistan Newspapers Society to suspend Sindh government ads

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society has decided to suspend publication of advertisements brought out by the Sindh information department if it fails to clear all dues by Sept 15, according to a press release. The Sindh committee of the APNS, at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Kazi Asad Abid, expressed dismay over […]


All Pakistan Newspapers Society denounces murder of Mukhtar Azmi, son

KARACHI: The APNS has strongly condemned the murder of Mukhtar Azmi and his son Baqar Azmi in a target killing Wednesday evening by unknown assailants. Mr Azmi was a veteran advertising practitioner and proprietor of MAZ Advertising. He had worked in some ad agencies in different capacities and took active part in the promotion of […]


Cabinet approves ‘fair trial’ bill

By: Khawar Ghumman ISLAMABAD: It may be called Fair Trial bill, but its draft, which the government plans to table in parliament will hardly be fair to all Pakistani citizens. The bill which the government argues will allow investigation “by modern techniques and devices” will, if passed in its current shape, authorise the state to […]


Time for ‘holy intervention’

RT Rev Dr Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith on Saturday lent his voice to media rights campaigners. Speaking at [an] … award ceremony, he said the killings and disappearances of journalists must be probed and the perpetrators brought to justice…. On the Committee to Protect Journalists Impunity Index 2012, Sri Lanka is ranked fourth –– below Iraq, […]


All Pakistan Newspapers Society assails cases filed by government against newspapers

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society has denounced registration of cases against its member publications and news agencies by Balochistan’s home secretary for reporting incidents of terrorism in the province and termed it an attempt to scuttle press freedom. It said in a press release that while outlawed terrorist organisations threatened to kill journalists to […]


CD shop blown up in Mardan

MARDAN: A Compact Disc (CD) shop was blown up in Muslimabad in the limits of Par Hoti Police Station here Sunday, sources said. The sources said that unidentified persons had planted explosives near the shop located in the Duranabad Chowk on the Mardan-Swabi road. The explosives went off at around 04:30am and caused damage to […]


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocks website against its own chief

By: Abrar Mustafa ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has ordered the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) of the country to block a website and a Facebook page containing material against its newly appointed chairman, Farooq Awan. It is learnt that the material on the website and the Facebook page contained wrong and baseless information that is […]


Government orders blocking of all blasphemous, pornographic material on Internet

ISLAMABAD: The government has issued a key policy directive to block all blasphemous and pornographic material on the internet by installing effective modern filtration system but ensuring that it does not affect the freedom of information, writes Ansar Abbasi. Following the personal interest shown by the incumbent Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and after consulting […]


Tainted journalists should be exposed: former ECP official: call for launching probe into bribery allegations

BY: ZULFIQAR AHMAD A thorough probe should be initiated into allegations that President Asif Ali Zardari is stuffing the pockets of some journalists, former Secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad told Business Recorder on Saturday. “This is a very serious allegation, which may influence the whole process of transparency in […]


Anti-Pak ideology media campaign: National Assembly Body expresses its displeasure

Islamabad: The standing committee of the National Assembly on Information and Broadcasting has expressed its displeasure on the ongoing campaign in the electronic and print media designed to criticize the ideology of Pakistan. The Committee directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and also the Press Council of Pakistan to take steps to put an […]


Pakistan People’s Party Government had filed reference to get names of media men in 2002

By: Usman Manzoor ISLAMABAD: Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s statement that journalists and media houses were being “bought” by the incumbent PPP government has set tongues wagging about their names, but ironically, exactly 10 years ago, the PPP was asking the same question from the then military government. The PPP had filed a reference in the […]


I have proof of bribe to TV channels

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said he will stick to his statement that President Asif Ali Zardari was doling out billions of rupees to favoured TV channels in the name of advertisements as part of pre-poll rigging. In a statement, he said those in Zardari’s circle were trying to distort his […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists to take action if evidence provided

ISLAMABAD: Journalists representative bodies and top media persons on Wednesday strongly denounced the statement by Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan alleging that anchorpersons were bribed by the government for pre-poll rigging and asked him to come up with names and evidence. “We demand Chaudhry Nisar to disclose the names […]