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Muzzling the media

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IN a country where the chroniclers of history are too often either silenced or killed, the press in Balochistan continues to suffer the worse kinds of violence at the hands of state and non-state actors. Last October, banned separatist groups — the Balochistan Liberation Front and the United Balochistan Army — threatened reprisals against newspapers […]


APNS expresses concern over arrest of Inam Akbar

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ISLAMABAD: All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has expressed concern over the cancellation of bail and arrest of Inam Akbar, Chief Executive, Midas Group, by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities. The APNS president Sarmad Ali, and secretary general Umer Mujib Shami said in a press release that it was a shocking news for print media […]


‘Fake News’ and silencing dissent

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In 2017, much was made of the role played by the internet and social media in facilitating the spread of ‘fake news’. This concern over the dissemination of false information arose primarily out of the alleged role it played in influencing politics across the West; from the election of Donald Trump to the Brexit referendum […]


A memorial for Razia Bhatti

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Dear all, December 31 is a rather sad sort of a date for me. Not because it’s the last day of the year and there’s a sense of an ending as one looks back at another measure of time completed, or muses over deaths and disasters or missed opportunities, but because it is also the […]


Misuse of the blasphemy law

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WHEN the FIA informed the Islamabad High Court the other day that it had no evidence that the five bloggers abducted and detained for many days had committed blasphemy, it did not add anything to the people’s knowledge as they had known this fact all along. The FIA admission, however, confirms this case as one […]


End to ‘indecent’ coverage of judiciary sought

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday sought reply from electronic and print media bodies, their regulators and ministry of information on a petition seeking end to ‘indecent’ coverage of the judiciary. IHC Justice Aamer Farooq on the petition of Sardar Shahbaz Khosa directed the ministries of information and broadcasting, information technology, Pakistan Telecommunication […]


Absence of executive member leaves Pemra without acting chairman

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ISLAMABAD – After the removal of Absar Alam as chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority, no one is there to look after the affairs of the authority as the federal government could not appoint the executive member of the regulator during the last two years, The Nation leant. Last week, the Lahore High Court had removed Absar […]


Internet landscape under threat in Pakistan: report

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ISLAMABAD: Threats to the internet landscape, including arbitrary administrative shutdowns, misplaced judicial activism against internet freedoms, the rise of cyber-armies, enforced disappearances of activists and the abuse of cybercrime legislation have been on the rise across the country, according to a report titled Internet Landscape of Pakistan 2017, reported a private media outlet. The report […]


Media under pressure

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THE nature of the peril may have undergone a change, even if temporary, but journalists around the world continue to work in hostile environments. A number of organisations that fight for the rights of journalists to report without fear of violence or repression have documented a steep drop in fatalities compared to previous years. According […]


LHC turns down govt request to put verdict against Absar on hold

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday turned down a request by the federal government to suspend the operation of a recent judgement which struck down the appointment of Absar Alam, a journalist, as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). Justice Shahid Karim, the judgement’s author, observed that the federal government […]


Peshawar based journalist received threats on his reporting

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Pakistan: Hassan Farhan Tariq, crime reporter, in the Peshawar Bureau of Dawn News television channel has been receiving threatening calls from unknown numbers since December 13, 2017. Callers told him that some of his news stories were against the national interest. Tariq was warned by the caller if he will not stop such reporting, he […]


‘68 journalists, media workers killed in 2017’

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ISLAMABAD: As many as 68 journalists and media workers were killed across the world in 2017 of whom nine were women. Last year, 112 journalists were killed of whom three were women according to the International News Safety Institute (INSI). In 2015, 10 of the 101 journalists killed were women. “This is the highest proportion […]


Data protection and privacy

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What is data? WITH the fast paced advancements in technology and the increasing pervasiveness of information and community technologies (ICTs) in everyday life, our personal information is accessible to multiple parties including corporations, governments, hackers, stalkers and other third parties. We have now entered what Klaus Schwab calls the fourth industrial revolution, which, he argues, […]


PM Abbasi assures APNS, CPNE of facilitating in discharge of duties

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ISLAMABAD- The Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday assured the delegations of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) that the government would continue to provide every possible facility to the media in discharge of their professional duties. The prime minister in separate meetings with the two delegations said that […]