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PPF remembers journalists Muhammad Imran and Tahir Awan, killed during professional duty

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On 4th day of January 2009 Muhammad Imran from Daily Aitadal and Tahir Awan , a freelance reporter for the Apna Akhbar newspapers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the Government Polytechnic College in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. On 4 January at around 18:55, a hand grenade was thrown […]


Media and misinformation

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As we move into 2022, the media in Pakistan faces a number of challenges in terms of its functioning as well as its freedom. Both are inter-linked as well. Like the rest of the world, we can see that the print media is gradually giving way to digital media. This was bound to happen. What […]


Impacting freedom of press

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EDITORIAL: In a functional democracy the media is the fourth pillar of state, the other three being legislature, executive and judiciary. If the latter three enjoy full autonomy in their respective spheres the media too enjoys press freedom under Article 19 of the Constitution, but subject to any “reasonable restrictions”, including “in relation to contempt […]


Journalists: Pakistan Broadcasters Association requests judges to review decision

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KARACHI: Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) in a statement issued Sunday expressed their concern over the Honourable Islamabad High Court charging journalists in the Rana Shamim affidavit case in contempt proceedings. Journalist discharged their responsibilities of informing the public with sincerity. PBA strongly believes that indicting the journalists for merely practicing their journalistic and rightful duties […]


Pakistan:  PPF joins calls urging IHC to drop contempt case against  journalists

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) joins appeals to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to drop contempt proceedings against Jang Group Editor in Chief Mir Shakilur Rahman, Editor Aamir Ghauri and Editor Investigations Ansar Abbasi of the groups daily newspaper “The News”. The media has a responsibility to inform the public of important developments and the contempt […]


Ansar Abbasi files application to make correction in Islamabad High Court’s latest order

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ISLAMABAD: Journalist Ansar Abbasi has filed an application before the honorable Chief Justice Islamabad High Court for correction of a clerical error in the State Vs Ansar Abbasi case’s order dated 28.12.2021. In his application filed before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on January 31 2021, The News journalist Ansar Abbasi has pointed out that […]


Framing journalists: Islamabad High Court order to have repercussions on press freedom, says Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors

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ISLAMABAD: The Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND) on Sunday expressed its concern over the recent order by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) which charged three media persons, namely, Editor-in-Chief of the Jang Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, Editor Aamir Ghauri and Editor Investigations Ansar Abbasi, in a contempt of the court case. In […]


Former Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Chairman Absar Alam Asked to Return RS50MN Dues

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Saturday asked ex-Pemra chairman Absar Alam to return Rs 50 million he received as salaries, perks in the light of Lahore High Court (LHC) decision, ARY News reported. The regulatory body in its letter dated December 31, 2021 directed the former Pemra chairman Alam to deposit […]


Rana Shamim affidavit story: Accepted norms, ethics followed in report: All Pakistan Newspapers Society

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) on Saturday expressed its dismay over the order of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to indict media persons related to the Jang Group in a contempt of court case. In a statement, the APNS said the order of the court would impact on the existing state of beleaguered […]


Journalist seeks modification of order in contempt case

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ISLAMABAD: Senior journalist Ansar Abbasi filed an application before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday seeking the modification of an order passed in connection with the contempt of court proceedings over an affidavit of former chief judge of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Mohammad Shamim. Mr Abbasi pointed out that the order passed by IHC Chief Justice […]


The sword of contempt

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Journalists have one primary duty – to inform the public. For a journalist, the story – after due editorial diligence – is everything. Which is why penalising a journalist for doing literally what his/her job requires of them can only be seen as an unfortunate and direct violation of the freedom of the press. The […]


Rana Shamim, journalists prima facie committed contempt of court: Islamabad High Court

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah observed on Friday that apparently former Gilgit-Baltistan chief judge Rana Shamim and journalists committed criminal contempt, as the affidavit reported by the newspaper was not part of any court proceedings. “The court is satisfied that the acts of the alleged contemnors, prima facie, constitute committing criminal […]


Violation of Right to Information Act: Layyah deputy commissioner issued show-cause

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LAHORE: The Punjab Information Commission has issued show-cause notice to Layyah deputy commissioner and directed him to submit explanation on January 10, 2022 for not implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2013 and violating the Commission orders. Chief Commissioner Mahboob Qadir Shah remarked while hearing the Nadeem Anjum Vs. Deputy Commissioner case that eight […]


Housing scheme for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa journalists approved: Saif

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PESHAWAR: Special Assistant to Chief Minister Barrister Muhammad Ali Khan Saif said on Friday the KP government cabinet had recently approved a housing scheme for the journalists in Peshawar. “Under the directives of the chief minister, the Department of Information and Public Relations had taken steps for the welfare of journalists in the province,” he […]