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Environmental Journalists Honored at Green Journalist Awards in Islamabad

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Romina Khurshid Alam, the Prime Minister’s Coordinator on Climate Change and Environmental Coordination, acknowledged the pivotal role of environmental journalists in climate action by distributing the Green Journalist Awards at the National Press Club on June 3. The awards were a highlight of the World Environment Day 2024 celebrations, orchestrated by the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency […]


Peshawar Police Banned from Posting on TikTok to Improve Performance and Discipline

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On May 30, to enhance the efficiency and professionalism of the police force, Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Kashif Zulfiqar issued an order restricting police personnel from uploading videos on social media platforms, including TikTok. The notification underscores that even videos showcasing police performance in the line of duty are not exempt from this ban.  “TikTok videos […]


CPNE Elects New Leadership: Irshad Arif as President, Aijaz Ul Haq as Secretary General; Prominent Leaders Extend Congratulations

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On May 31, the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) held its annual elections for office bearers in Karachi. Irshad Arif, the Editor-in-Chief of 92 News, was elected President of CPNE. Meanwhile, Aijaz Ul Haq, the Managing Editor of Express Group, assumed the role of Secretary General.  Tahir Farooq, Editor-in-Chief of Daily ITTEHAD Media Group and Pakistan Economic Net, was elected unopposed as […]


Kashmiri Poet Ahmed Farhad Denied Bail in Anti-Terrorism Court

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On june 4, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Muzaffarabad denied bail  to Kashmiri poet Ahmed Farhad, who was reported missing from Islamabad on May 14 and later found in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) police custody on May 29. Earlier on June 1, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected the federal government’s request to close the recovery case […]


Journalist Chaudhry Ikhlaq Shot in Gujar Khan; Reported to be in Stable Condition

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On the evening of May 30, Chaudhry Ikhlaq, a journalist with Daily Express and a member of the Bewal Press Club, was shot and wounded by two unidentified motorcyclists near Takal Bridge on Choa Khalsa Bewal Road in Gujar Khan, Punjab, as he was driving home. Ikhlaq is reported to be in stable condition. Ikhlaq sustained a bullet wound near his shoulder […]


Reporter and cameraperson attacked by armed motorcyclists in Sukkur district; motives remain unclear 

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On May 29, Time News reporter Haider Mastoi and his cameraperson Khan Muhammad Pitafi were attacked by three armed motorcyclists in the Achhiyoon Qubbiyoon area of Rohri in Sindh province’s Sukkur district. The assailants, who intercepted Mastoi and Pitafi as they traveled by motorcycle, opened fire, shooting Mastoi four times in the right leg and […]


Bahria Town Rejects “Fake List” of Paid Journalists; Threatens Legal Action

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On June 1, the administration of Bahria Town, a housing society, denied allegations of paying journalists after a purported “fake list” surfaced on social media. The list, claiming to name journalists compensated by the company, has been denounced as fraudulent, with Bahria Town emphasizing the use of a fabricated letterhead. The company stated on X, formerly Twitter:  “A fake […]


Punjab Health Ministers and Journalist Leaders Discuss Collaborative Efforts to Enhance Healthcare System

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On June 1, Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Khawaja Imran Nazir and Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department Khawaja Salman Rafique met with a delegation of journalists from the National Press Club and discussed the media’s role in disseminating the government’s policies and improvements in the health system.  The ministers […]


Islamabad High Court Questions Legality of Telecom Surveillance Amidst Audio Leak Scandal

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On May 29, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) barred telecom companies from recording phone calls and data for surveillance purposes amidst an ongoing investigation into leaked audio recordings of prominent figures. The court also raised serious questions about the legality and oversight of phone surveillance in Pakistan. The audio leak case stemmed from petitions filed by Bushra […]


MQM-P Stands with Journalists Against Controversial Punjab Defamation Bill

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On May 27, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) pledged its support to journalist organizations opposing the recently passed defamation bill by the Punjab Assembly. Representatives from various journalist organizations met with MQM-P chairman Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and other party leaders at the MQM-P’s Bahadurabad office in Karachi. The delegation included leaders from the Council of Pakistan Newspaper […]


Greek Government Imposes Five-Year Entry Ban on Pakistani Journalist Mona Khan

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On May 26, the Greek government imposed a five-year ban on Pakistani journalist Mona Khan’s entry into Greece. The anchorperson for state-run PTV News and marathon runner was detained by Greek police on May 24 during a hiking trip for displaying a Pakistani flag. She was released the next day after the Pakistani Embassy promptly intervened by […]


No Intention to Curb Media Freedom, asserts Ahsan Iqbal

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On May 26, Federal Minister of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal stated that the government has no intention of suppressing the media. He asserted that there have been no efforts from their side to stifle press freedom. In an interview with a private news channel, Iqbal acknowledged the significant benefits of social media platforms but […]


Sindh Journalists Commission Demands New Investigation Team for Journalist Nasrullah Gadani’s Murder; Cites Police Incompetence

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On May 26, the Sindh Commission for the Protection of Journalists and Other Media Practitioners (CPJMP) rejected the existing investigation team in the murder of journalist Nasrullah Gadani, citing concerns about the Sukkur police’s competence and potential conflicts of interest. Gadani, 40, who was critically wounded in a targeted attack in Mirpur Mathelo on May 21, died from his […]


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Department Convenes Meeting to Resolve Media Arrears

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On May 24, a meeting was chaired by Muhammad Imran, the Director General of Information and Public Relations for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with representatives from the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS), the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), and several advertising agencies. The key focus of the discussions was the resolution of previous arrears owed to newspapers and advertising agencies, […]