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Twitter is the new newsroom: The changing face of journalism

By: Sana Jafrani KARACHI: At Saturday’s session on Twitter in the newsroom, a consensus seemed to emerge that social media cannot replace mainstream media; rather, they have to work in tandem to be effective. The session was moderated by popular tweeter who goes by the handle @mighty obvious, Hassan Belal. The panel included Indian journalist […]

Shia killing watchdog site apparently banned

The website was blocked on Saturday evening. A website which acts as watchdog for murder of Shias, motivated by sectarian differences,, was apparently blocked on Saturday night. Visitors were greeted with a “this webpage is not available” sign as they tried to access the site. Many people from Pakistan on the social media site […]

PEMRA chief called to explain Amn Committee blackout

KARACHI: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman has been called by the Sindh High Court to explain the television blackout of Peoples Amn Committee leaders. A division bench heard on Friday the petition filed by Syed Iqbal Kazmi, the chairman of the newly-formed political party Pakistan Qaumi Movement. The petitioner had challenged the […]

Social media termed citizens’ diplomacy

KARACHI: From an online campaign to get visa restrictions on both sides of the border eased to using social media for change and expressing opinions that the mainstream media might not be interested in, discussions on day one of the two-day 2012 Pakistan-India Social Media Mela gave a chance for ‘alternative’ viewpoints to be heard. […]

SHC moved against PEMRA ban on Uzair Baloch interviews

Karachi: A petition has been filed in Sindh High Court on Thursday against ban on telecasting of interviews of Karachi City Alliance and People Amn Committee’s Chairman Uzair Jan Baloch and other leaders at electronic media. Iqbal Kazmi, a member of Karachi City Alliance, submitted in the petition that KAC Chairman represent people of Lyari […]

U.S. Embassy invites Application for 2012 General Election Embed Program

Islamabad July 10, 2012 – U.S. Embassy Islamabad invites applications for the 2012 General Election Embed Program. Under this program, foreign journalists will be assigned to work alongside American media outlets in “battleground” states in the final days of the U.S. presidential election October 24 – November 9, 2012. During this time applicants will be […]

Social media ‘reporting’ hurting real journalism

By Umer Nangiana “Journalists are bound by rules and ethics. Unlike social media, journalists are required to ¬give information in a responsible way,” Coalition for Ethical Journalism Director Aidan White. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has laws and a constitution, but nobody follows them. Similarly, the country’s media does have codes of conduct, but very few journalists practice […]

U.S. Embassy Announces Open Applications for a Multi-Country Press Tour to NATO HQ

Islamabad, July 6, 2012: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce open applications from print journalist for a Multi-Country Press Tour to NATO HQ, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and Joint Forces Command (JFC) Naples, to promote understanding of NATO capabilities in NATO member and partner countries. This program will take place September 17-20, […]

Seven writers honoured with literary awards

The Jang Group and United Bank Limited (UBL) gave awards to seven writers in both Urdu and English in different categories at an impressive ceremony held at a hotel here on Thursday. Those who got the ‘UBL-Jang Literary Excellence Awards 2012’ included Prof Sehar Ansari for Urdu poetry for his book ‘Khuda Sey Baat Kertey […]

Army launches FM radio in violence-hit areas

ISLAMABAD – The military has launched a new project ‘FM 96 International Radio Network’ in the violence-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fata and Balochistan, a move described as ‘community service’ but being criticised by many, reported BBC on Tuesday. According to the broadcast, the basic objection raised is that the army is trying to establish an institution […]

Petition moved against TV owners, anchors for defaming Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD: Another petition was moved in the Supreme Court on Tuesday against 61 people, including TV anchors, under Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2004, for allegedly showing disrespect to the chief justice of Pakistan and other judges of the apex court. Syeda Feroza Rubab, former finance secretary of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, filed the […]

Young Doctors Association’s strike: Protesting doctors assault journalists

BAHAWALPUR: The ongoing Young Doctors Association (YDA) strike in Punjab took a turn for the worse on Saturday when an Express News team reporting on the condition of the patients at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital’s emergency department in Rahim Yar Khan was assaulted by the doctors. Several cameramen and journalists were wounded. On the 13th […]

Media freedom: Licences for private TV and radio channels in FATA demanded

ISLAMABAD:The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) should have independent local media. This will create an enabling environment for political participation in the region ahead of the next general elections, said mainstream political parties and elected officials from the region here on Thursday. The parties and MNAs demanded that President Asif Ali Zardari urgently issue an […]

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) In Collaboration with NED Report of Workshop with Journalists and CSOs on “Current Political Scenario and the role of Media”

June 27-29-2012 Charsaddah Media can promote religious harmony by giving due coverage to all religious activities and dialogue between the scholars of different religions existing in Pakistan. The assassination of former governor Punjab Mr. Salman Taseer was the result of misreporting of some sections of TV channels. This was observed by the participants of 3-day […]