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No laughing matter: Entertainer who poked fun at militants kidnapped

By Riaz Ahmad PESHAWAR: “Shave my head, paint my face black; Mount me on a donkey and make fun of me.” Either militants didn’t take kindly to Nisar Khan’s comedic song referring to an incident where Taliban insurgents seized thieves, shaved their heads and mounted them on donkeys; or they took it a bit too […]

Third attempt to get gag order against media fails in SC

Usman Manzoor ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party government on Tuesday failed for the third time in a month to obtain a gag order against the media from the Supreme Court. The government, which is openly defying Supreme Court’s judgement, has sought curbs on the media from the apex court in three hearings of contempt of […]

Accused in journalist’s murder case remanded

The judicial magistrate (South) on Tuesday remanded an accused in the murder case of senior journalist Murtaza Razvi in police custody till April 30. The face of the accused, Waqas alias Waqar, was covered by police when he was produced before the court. Razvi, who was a senior assistant editor and head of Dawn’s magazines, […]

Man detained in Murtaza Razvi murder case

KARACHI: Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Dawn’s senior assistant editor Murtaza Razvi. Speaking at a press conference at his office, SSP District South Nasir Aftab said that Waqas, a masseur, was arrested in the Gizri area, where he had hired a place to live. He was a resident of […]

The challenge of media freedom

By Syed Talat Hussain There are various reasons for which the media is coming under increasing pressure from powerful groups, each pressing its own agenda, contracting the space for fair and balanced editorial judgment. The most obvious one is the issue of reach. Media, particularly news channels and now also private radio, are seen as […]

Murtaza Razvi laid to rest

KARACHI: Murtaza Razvi, senior assistant editor and head of Dawn’s magazines, who was found murdered on Thursday, was laid to rest in the Defence graveyard on Friday. His funeral procession was taken out from his residence in Khayban-i-Rahat while his Namaz-i-Janaza was offered after Juma prayers at Yasrab Imambargah in DHA Phase IV. Besides his […]

Senior journalist found dead

Karachi: In an incident that shocked the city, senior journalist Murtaza Razvi was found murdered at the studio of an artist friend in DHA on Thursday morning. The body of the 48-year-old Magazines Editor, Dawn, was found in a flat located in what is popularly known as Khadda or Delton’s Market in the Darakhshan police […]

PTA ordered to follow rules in blocking websites

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) not to block any website against the provisions of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organisation) Act, 1996. The court also issued notices to the federation, through the Ministry of Information Technology and telecommunication secretary and the PTA, through its chairman. The petitioners, Awab Alvi, […]

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) Roundtable Discussion with Senior Electronic Media Professionals & CSOs,

Karachi April 6, 2012 Safety of Journalists urged The participants of National Roundtable discussion have said that reporting in conflict areas had become a difficult task and journalists have been facing enormous challenges and threats; therefore, serious and effective measures should be taken to ensure the safety and security of journalists. It was said that […]

Editors Round Table on “reporting Conflict”

April 13, 2012 Lahore Free access of journalists sought for reporting from conflict areas The media and civil society professionals have sought end to role of intelligence agencies, free access to the conflict zones and proper training of media professionals for better, responsible and independent conflict reporting. They expressed their views at a round table […]

Violence against journalists on the rise in Pakistan

NEW YORK: Deadly, unpunished violence against the press rose sharply in Pakistan and Mexico, continuing a dark, years-long trend in both nations, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in its newly updated Impunity Index released on Tuesday. The global index, which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country’s population, shows that […]

JI accuses media of promoting nudity, vulgarity

Karachi: Jamaat-e Islami (JI) Karachi chief Muhammad Hussain Mehnati has expressed concern over the alleged spread of nudity and vulgarity in the Pakistani media, also asking the cable operators to stop airing Hindi films. In a statement issued here on Monday, Mehnati alleged that the Pakistani print and electronic Media had deliberately destroyed the image […]

Journalists, advertisers given awards: APNS urged to look into salary issue

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari asked the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) on Monday to look into the issue of payment of salary to workers and journalists, besides implementation of the seventh Wage Board award and setting up of the eighth wage board. Addressing the 22nd APNS award ceremony at the Aiwan-i-Sadr, the president said […]

Journalism under pressure

Syed Talat Hussain A new trend threatens journalists’ judicious editorial judgment and credibility. This is the trend of increasing demands from a long list of groups that want media space by hook or by crook. True, the afflicted souls in Pakistan have always turned towards the media to express their grievances and to seek justice. […]