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TLP protest: Opposition MNAs censure government t over media blackout

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ISLAMABAD: The opposition members in the National Assembly came down hard on the government for imposing a media blackout over the issue of Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) protests. Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, speaking on a point of order, said there had been a media blackout and rumours rife in the entire country, as nobody […]


Ch Fawad assumes charge as Information Minister

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Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Monday assumed charge of his office. Secretary Information and Broadcasting Shahera Shahid presented a briefing to the minister. Meanwhile, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Monday said the new policy of promotions would help inculcate a culture of performance and accountability. In a tweet, […]


Women journalists criticize PM for linking rape with dress code

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KARACHI: ‘From Attire to Desire’, an online conference organized by UK’s Research Centre here on Saturday had several women journalists, writers and academics of the country share their views on the issue of women’s dress code and whether it is the real reason or motive for rape. Senior journalist Nasim Zehra said that blaming the […]


PFUJ deplores bar on coverage of Lahore situation

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has condemned the government’s decision to bar television channels from covering the events that unfolded in Lahore on Sunday. According to a press release, PFUJ President Shehzada Zulfiqar and Secretary General Nasir Zaidi through a joint statement expressed concern over the situation, saying restrictions on the media […]


SC misread evidence in Daniel Pearl’s case, say parents

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ISLAMABAD   – The parents of Daniel Pearl, Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) Bureau Chief for South Asia, Friday submitted that the Supreme Court majority judgment suffers from a misreading and non-reading of the evidence on the record and misapplication of the law. Ruth and Judea, parents of Daniel Pearl, stated this in a review petition filed […]


Ostrich approach

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ON Friday, Pakistan blocked all popular social media and internet messaging applications including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and WhatsApp for four hours across the country to “maintain public order” in anticipation of protests by the recently banned TLP. Such blocking undermines fundamental rights, impacts an already fragile economy, defies logic of security, and punishes citizens […]


Blocking social media

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FOR four hours this week, all social media platforms in the country were shut down, a measure the government said was necessary ahead of the clampdown on violent TLP supporters on Friday. Successive governments have blocked mobile networks and platforms such as TikTok, Facebook and YouTube on separate occasions in the past, but this blanket […]


Fawad apologises over social media suspension

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ISLAMABAD: The social media sites were blocked in extreme circumstances and every effort will be made to prevent a shutdown in future, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said. The newly-appointed information minister also regretted the blockage of social media sites across the country from 11am to 3pm on Friday. He also promised that he […]


Internet suspended in Peshawar for fifth day

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PESHAWAR: The Internet remained suspended for fifth day in most parts of the provincial capital, causing inconvenience to thousands of people. Though no reason was mentioned officially, the Internet remained suspended for fifth consecutive day in Peshawar and adjoining areas. Thousands of people who are connected to their offices and other circles remained disconnected for […]


Action initiated against TLP’s social media

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KARACHI: Sindh police’s Counter-Terrorism Department on Friday initiated action against social media accounts allegedly maintained by supporters and workers of the recently banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan, according to CTD Sindh chief Omar Shahid Hamid. “The CTD has initiated action against individuals who used social media to incite violence, spread hate and glorified the assaults on law […]


Social media platforms shut briefly to pre-empt violence

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ISLAMABAD: Access to social media networks remained blocked for hours on Friday after the government imposed a blanket ban as part of its security plan to maintain law and order across the country and prevent violent protests in the wake of its decision to ban the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) along with a clampdown on its […]


Shahera Shahid posted as Additional Secretary (In-charge) Info and Broadcasting Division

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Islamabad –  Ms. Shahera Shahid, BS-21 officer of Information Group, presently posted as Additional Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Division has been posted as Additional Secretary (In-charge), Information and Broadcasting Division with immediate effect and until further orders, said a notification issued by the Establishment Division here on Friday. According to another notification by the ED […]


Senior journalist Fasahat Mohiuddin passes away

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Senior journalist and The News staffer Fasahat Mohiuddin passed away on Friday after a brief illness in Karachi, his family members said. He was 65. His funeral prayers will be held after Zuhr prayers today at the Bilal Masjid near Gol Market in Nazimabad. He had suffered a massive stroke a few days ago and […]


Pemra bans TLP coverage

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has banned the television and radio coverage of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), citing an interior ministry’s Thursday notification proscribing the religious party for engaging in “acts of terrorism, acting in a manner prejudicial to the peace and security of the country”. In a communique sent to all […]