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Applications Invited for United Nations Journalism Fellowships

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2012 fellowship programme. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2012. The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York […]

Challenges to media and democracy: ‘With freedom comes great responsibility’

“The media is trying to replace the democraticallyelected PPP government with the poodles of dictators,” PPP Secretary General Jahangir Badr. LAHORE: While the media has become freer, there are still no-go areas like the military establishment and minorities issues that need to be opened up to press scrutiny. At the same time, the media must […]

Journalism under threat: Jihad, lies and video tape

By Wajahat S Khan Tough-talking journalist is broken a little by a night of death threats. ISLAMABAD: Saturday afternoons in Islamabad are clinically boring. The industrial/agricultural elite of Parliament has packed off for the weekend and anybody who wears stars is off golfing or playing polo. As even the Twitter feed is slow, the news […]

Life’s not easy for foreign journalists in ‘hard’ country

By Gulraiz Khan Foreign Correspondents’ Burden mulled over at local festival. KARACHI: Pakistan is an extremely complex country, said foreign correspondents on Sunday at a local gathering in southern port city of Karachi. As foreign reporters, it is our job to not just report to a foreign audience but also inform perceptions on both sides, […]

Anchored well in PTV

Ahmad Hassan ISLAMABAD: Anchors of private television channels command fabulous salaries proportionate to the ratings they earn for their channel. But it seems that those working for the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) have to worry about something other than ratings or qualification. That could be the only explanation for a PTV anchor, whose graduation degree […]

Journalist with failed kidneys seeks government’s help

AMAR GURIRO KARACHI – Qurban Khoso, the renowned environmental journalist and the only wildlife reporter from Thar Desert, who was hospitalised in Karachi last month has been diagnosed with complete renal failure and is in dire need of kidney transplantation. Doctors said Khoso was born prematurely with one kidney smaller in size than the other […]

APNS expresses grief over Zakir Khan’s death

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society on Thursday expressed grief over the sad demise of Muhammad Zakir Ali Khan, Publisher and Honorary Chief Editor of Monthly Tehzeeb, Karachi. The veteran publisher was also the General Secretary of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association, a member of Board of Governors, Sir Syed University of Engineering & […]

Entries invited for APNS ad awards

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society has invited entries for the 22nd APNS Advertising Awards. The categories for which entries have been invited are as follows: — Business Performance Award, to be given to agency that has placed the highest volume of business in APNS member publications. — Special Business Awards (three awards), for agencies […]

Unesco condemns murder of journalist

UNITED NATIONS: The Unesco on Wednesday condemned the recent death of a Pakistani journalist Mukarram Khan Aatif and called for measures to improve security conditions for reporters in the country. According to a press release, Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova said it was essential for democracy and the rule of law that the authorities investigate this […]

Cable operators suspend Urdu news channels in Balochistan

By: Bari Baloch QUETTA – On the call of Baloch Student Organisation-Muhiud Din and Balochistan National Party-Mengal, cable operators suspended transmission of Urdu news channels across the province. Earlier, the BSO-M and BNP had threatened to suspend transmissions of Urdu private channels from February 1 throughout the province and Baloch-dominated areas in Karachi to protest […]

Shahzad Commission Results Marred by Free Ride for ISI

Government has to Take on Military and Intelligence Services and end Impunity The commission’s failure to get to the bottom of the Shahzad killing illustrates the ability of the ISI to remain beyond the reach of Pakistan’s criminal justice system. The government still has the responsibility to identify those responsible for Shahzad’s death and hold […]

Pemra warns TV channels to abstain from unethical practices

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) while taking serious notice of creeping unacceptable practices of moral policing by some TV channels has warned them to abstain from indulging in unethical journalistic practices whereby any act of a reporter, electronic media journalist, anchor or the TV channel as a whole be assumed in dis-conformity to generally […]

Opponents to supporters: Lawmakers now support all cultural activities

By Abdul Manan LAHORE: Thursday was a busy day for members of the Punjab Assembly. A resolution supporting extracurricular activities in public and private education institutions was passed, amid some opposition. The treasury also managed to pass 14 bills, sent back by the governor with objections after the previous session, through motions in the House. […]

NA body for ban on anti-Pakistan words on TV channels

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Thursday recommended that no one would be allowed to speak against Pakistan in programmes broadcast by private television channels. It observed that words like “Pakistan will break” must not go on-air and use of such language should be banned. The committee meeting held at the […]