Media Research Documentation and Training Center - Part 3
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Internet watchdog reports nation-scale disruption of social media

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ISLAMABAD: A nation-scale disruption of social media platform X, formerly Twitter, is being reported by users and internet watchdogs in Pakistan on Saturday. NetBlocks, a global internet watchdog, said the incident comes “amid political turmoil after a controversial election held under an internet and mobile network blackout”. Pakistan on Thursday witnessed a countrywide shutdown of internet and cellular […]


China-Pak coop building smart city through use of AI tech

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ISLAMABAD   –   In the context of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Chinese and Pakistani researchers are helping Pakistan build smarter and safer cities through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. At the beginning of year 2022, the CPInS Lab was officially established at Pakistan […]


Journalists protest for recovery of kidnapped anchorperson Salman Mirza

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The journalist community held a protest outside the Karachi Press Club for the recovery of anchorperson Salman Mirza, who was abducted from his home on the night of February 5th in Karachi. Salman Mirza’s elderly parents, spouse and other family members also participated in the demonstration. Journalists gave an ultimatum to the law enforcement agencies […]


Internet shutdown widely criticised

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LAHORE  –   In an unprecedented move, the shutdown of mobile phone and internet services during general elections has sparked controversy, with Salman Akram Raja, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) nominated candidate, condemning the blackout as a deliberate attempt to keep the public uninformed. Addressing the media, Salman Akram Raja expressed his concern, stating that the decision […]


PPF takes strong exception to closure of mobile services on election day that cast doubt on the entire process, raise questions about government’s motive

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) takes strong exception to the closure of mobile connectivity and data services on election day across Pakistan that have cast doubts on the credibility of the entire election and raise questions about the government’s motives for leaving citizens in the dark.  Authorities stated that cell phone services had been suspended due […]


Journalists visit ‘Election City’

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LAHORE: The journalists on Thursday visited the Election City established by the Election Commission where they were briefed about the election results, received. The journalists were briefed by Head of Political Finance Wing Masood Sherwani and DGIT Khizr Aziz. DGIT Khizr Aziz said that the results of ROs would be received here in Election City, […]


Mustafa strongly condemns suspension of internet service

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ISLAMABAD   –   Independent candidate Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, contesting from National Assembly Constituencies NA 47 and 48, has voiced strong opposition to the decision to suspend mobile phone services across the country, labeling it as the onset of electoral fraud. In his statement regarding the mobile phone service suspension, Khokhar expressed concern over the disconnection of […]


Revisiting the Murder of Pakistani Journalist Arshad Sharif

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On October 23, 2022, Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif was killed in Kajiado, Kenya, when local police shot at the car Sharif was travelling in after the vehicle failed to stop at a police roadblock. In the weeks after the killing, Pakistani investigators began to describe the case as a “planned assassination” orchestrated by Pakistan’s military in […]


PEMRA issues show cause notices to 4 TV news channels

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Thursday issues show cause notices to four electronic media news channels for violation of the election code of conduct. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had complained that Geo News, ARY News, GNN and Dawn News had violated ECP code of conduct and PEMRA law by conducting exclusive […]


Election day: internet shutdown ‘reckless attack’ on people’s rights, says Amnesty International

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Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Thursday said the decision of Pakistan authorities to suspend telecommunications and mobile internet services on election day was a “blunt attack” on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. The human rights group called on the authorities to adopt a “rights-respecting approach” and urgently lift all “blanket restrictions” on […]


Al Jazeera team barred from entering polling station

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Police officials deployed at a polling station in Lahore barred an Al Jazeera team from entering citing orders from “top management” to not allow any media teams inside the premises. Amid widespread concerns over rigging and manipulation, the Election Commission of Pakistan has issued special passes for observers and journalists granting them permission to “visit […]


ECP permits journalists inside polling stations

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (APP):The Election Commission of Pakistan has granted access journalists to enter the polling stations during Election Day (Thursday). While talking to PTV, Spokesperson ECP said that the journalists having accreditation cards were permitted to go inside the polling station for coverage. Observers and journalists were allowed to cover the electoral process to […]


ECP directs PEMRA to issue warning to two private channels for code violation

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 08 (APP): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to issue a warning to two private channels for not following the commission’s code of conduct for the media. The commission has written a letter to PEMRA, urging it to caution the two channels for […]


The govt must ensure there are no internet disruptions on polling day

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In the run up to the February 8 general elections in Pakistan, there has been constant paranoia about the state of internet access. This is not unfounded because social media platforms have been blocked at least six times in the past year alone, and the uncertainty was compounded by the fact that there has been complete lack […]