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APNS to provide draft act for Press Council

ISLAMABAD (PPI) – A delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) led by its President Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman held a meeting with the Federal Minister for Information Mushahid Hussain Syed here on Monday and discussed issues relating to newspaper industry. Matters regarding Press-Government relations, freedom of press, constitution of Press Council and advertisement related issues were […]

APNS seeks meeting with Prime Minister to discuss press freedom

KARACHI: The Executive Committee of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society has requested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to meet their representatives at the earliest in order to discuss the problems relating to freedom of press and remove the impression, which is unnecessarily tarnishing the image of the country. Arshad Zuberi, Secretary General of APNS stated that […]

Ashraf Qazi calls Sethi ‘treacherous’

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s high commissioner to India defended the controversial arrest of journalist Najam Sethi, in an interview published on Monday, saying Sethi betrayed his nation on India’s soil. “Although his speech wasn’t critical, it was cynical … In my view, it’s contemptible, it’s treacherous in the sense that it’s a great let-down,” envoy Ashraf […]

Afridi strongly denies ANF allegations

LAHORE: “Anyone who raises the issue of freedom of the press could face a fate similar to mine,” said Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Frontier Post’ newspaper, Rehmat Shah Afridi, while talking to The News in police custody. Rehmat Shah, currently facing charges of drug trafficking is currently under trial at the sessions court, which ordered the […]

Sethi arrested for anti-State activity, says Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD (PPI)-Foreign office spokesman on Thursday declared that Pakistan’s position about arrest of editor, The Friday Times, Najam Sethi, is clear, saying that the case falls under purview of anti-State activity as there is a very little doubt about the damage caused to country’s interests by Sethi’s speech in India. “Law takes its course in […]

Leading journalists call for defence of press freedom

LAHORE: More than a 100 leading columnists, editors and senior journalists have expressed their concern over the intimidation of the press and harassment and arrests of the journalists. In a statement, issued by Convener Committee for Free Press, Imtiaz Alam, they have called upon the journalist community, democratic forces and all those who support freedom […]

PFUJ, APNEC concerned over remarks against journalists

KARACHI: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and All Pakistan Newspaper Employees Confederation (APNEC) leaders have expressed concern over the remarks passed by Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid while announcing the verdict in the ‘Supreme Court attack case’. PFUJ and APNEC leaders termed the observations of Justice Zahid regarding the role of journalists as ‘against the […]

The Friday Times editor Najam Sethi arrested

LAHORE, May 8: Senior journalist and editor of The Friday Times, Najam Sethi, was taken into custody by plainclothesmen at his Sir Maratab Ali Road residence in Gulberg in the small hours of Saturday. A spokesman for the federal government, confirming the arrest in Islamabad, said Mr. Sethi had been taken into custody for interrogation […]

Sethi fears attack on his offices

ISLAMABAD, May 7: Najam Sethi, editor of The Friday Times, has feared an attack by miscreants belonging to the PML on his offices situated at The Mall, Lahore. In a statement on Friday, he claimed that for the past few days his staff had noted suspicious individuals loitering outside Vanguard Bookshop – the venue of […]

CPJ protests attacks on journalists in Pakistan

KARACHI: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York based organisation for the protection of media people, has strongly protested against the latest wave of ‘government-sponsored attacks’ on independent journalists working in Pakistan. CPJ Executive Director Ann K Cooper has sent a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying: “We are particularly alarmed that […]

HRCP concerned over government’s anti-press policies

LAHORE, May 6: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed its deep concern over what it termed as the government’s anti-Press policies and its blatant intimidation and harassment of journalists. In a press statement on Thursday, HRCP secretary-general Hina Jilani said the space for dissent was being curtailed as a deliberate policy to […]

Journalists, being harassed to veil misdeeds: Sethi

LAHORE: Najam Sethi, editor of a prominent local English-language weekly, has alleged that the government is harassing journalists to keep them from disclosing past and present ‘mis-deeds’ of the ruling family. Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club Thursday, Sethi said this was the reason behind threats, arrests and abduction of journalists in […]

Photographer harassed, journalists walk out of Senate

ISLAMABAD, May 6: All the reporters covering proceedings in the Senate on Thursday morning walked out from the House after the question hour to protest against the harassment of a photographer by CIA for taking photos of the suicide by a shopkeeper. The pressmen staged the walkout following reports that the photojournalists had assembled outside […]

Opposition, press corps walk out of Senate Aitzaz accuses Saif of threatening journalists on phone

ISLAMARAD: The combined opposition in the Senate walked out from the House citing inadequate response from the government on a number of issues it raised from time to time on Wednesday, one of which included attacks on press freedom. Earlier, the press corps also staged a walk-out in protest against incidents within a short span […]