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Rabbani demands policy to protect journalists

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ISLAMABAD: Former chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Monday demanded for convening the Committee of the Whole of the Senate in which all stakeholders are invited to formulate policy and legislation to ensure the protection of journalists and ensure the implementation of articles 19 and 19A, Constitution, 1973. “The government has circumvented articles 19 and […]


Joint efforts for freedom of press stressed

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LAHORE: Speakers at a national webinar on press freedom have called upon the need to create unity among journalist organisations to fight war against unnecessary restrictions on media observing that media freedom in Pakistan is associated with independence of democracy and judiciary. Punjab University School of Communication Studies (SCS) organised the webinar which was attended […]


A New Year’s night murder

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It was a little past midnight on Jan 1, 2014. In the town of Badah, Larkana district, journalist Shan Dahar was standing outside a small medical store located in a narrow lane. He had been working on an investigative story about free medicines supplied by an NGO for poor patients being illegally sold to local […]


Press freedoms chained in Pakistan: Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari

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ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said press freedoms in Pakistan have been chained through threats, intimidation, and pressure tactics by the PTI regime, calling for lifting the declared and undeclared curbs imposed on the media. In his message on World Press Freedom Day being observed tomorrow, the PPP chairman said Imran Khan-led PTI […]


‫2020-2021 کے دوران پاکستانی ذرائع ابلاغ کے مواد پر بڑھتی ہوئی اظہار رائے کی پابندیوں کا نشانہ بنے

جنوری 2020 سے اپریل 2021 کے عرصہ میں پاکستانیوں کو ذرائع ابلاغ کے مواد پر بڑھتی ہوئی اظہار رائے کی پابندیوں کا نشانہ بنایا گیا اس طرح ملک میں آزادانہ اظہار رائے کے ماحول کو محدود کردیا گیا۔ پاکستان پریس فاؤنڈیشن (پی پی ایف) کی طرف سے جاری کردہ پاکستان پریس فریڈم رپورٹ 2020-2021 کے […]


Pakistan subjected to increased muzzling of media content during 2020-2021

Pakistan was subjected to increased muzzling of media content in the period January 2020 to April 2021 thus limiting the space for free expression in the country.   According to the Pakistan Press Freedom Report 2020-2021 released by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), while murder, physical assaults, extra-legal abductions as well as threats and arrests of media […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) vows to keep fighting for press freedom and journalists’ rights.

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ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has pledged to continue its struggle for freedoms of press, expression, and speech and protect journalists and workers’ rights. On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, President PFUJ Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary-General Nasir Zaidi called for greater unity among all groups fighting for their rights. “Freedom of the […]


Ahsan Khan’s show fined for using animals as prop

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ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has imposed a fine of Rs500, 000 on a national entertainment channel for using animals as prop in its program Time Out with Ahsan Khan. A petition was filed against the program, which is hosted by Pakistani film and television actor Ahsan Khan, by lawyer Faizullah […]


Code of conduct violation: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) asks Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to act against private channels

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Thursday asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to take action against those private TV channels, which violated the code of conduct, aired unofficial and unconfirmed results of NA-249 by-election before 6:00pm. According to the Election Commission spokesman, the electoral body had given instructions to the media […]


US expresses concern over Pakistan media restrictions

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WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed concern over “significant restrictions” on media outlets and on the civil society in Pakistan. “Media and content restrictions as well as a lack of accountability for attacks, disappearances against journalists clearly are a threat to the ability to exercise the right to freedom of expression and […]


Journalist Mirza Khurram Baig dies of Covid-19

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Senior journalist Mirza Khurram Baig passed away at a private hospital on Thursday due to health complications arising out of the coronavirus infection. He was 49. His health condition had deteriorated over the past few days, and he had been put on ventilator a day before his death. Last week, he had been diagnosed with […]


Muzzling the media

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WITH World Press Freedom Day around the corner, we are offered with, if nothing else, a delicious excuse to delve into the recent past and make some sort of an assessment, however vague, of where we truly stand — are the gatekeepers of our information free and independent and pluralistic, or are they controlled and […]


Maryam visits Absar’s house, inquires after his health

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Vice President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday visited the residence of the former Chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and senior journalist Absar Alam and inquired about his health. Absar Alam was attacked and shot injured by unidentified assailant(s) […]


Civil servants should submit social media accounts details

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Wednesday took exception to use of social media by the civil servants and hinted at passing an appropriate order in this regard. The chief justice observed that the civil servants should submit details of their cellular numbers and social media accounts to the relevant departments. […]