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Media polarisation creates confusion in society

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Unprecedentedly high media polarisation in Pakistan has created confusion in society besides doubts about the media’s credibility, especially the electronic media. The level of this polarity is strong enough to evoke extreme media positions on the ongoing political stalemate in a vivid manner. Due to these consistent media positions, even general media consumers are in […]

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Continued attacks on Geo exposing incapability of govt

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HYDERABAD: President Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Noorani) (JUP-N) and Chief of Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC) Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair in a joint statement on Sunday vehemently condemned the attacks on Geo News. They said attacks on TV channels are actually attacks on freedom of the press. They said the incidents on the one hand were defaming […]

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PTI rioters pelt Geo offices with stones

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ISLAMABAD: Gangs of violent stone-throwing activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) once again attacked Geo’s eight-storey building in the federal capital on Saturday around midnight. This is the fourth such attack by PTI workers on the Geo offices. About 150 rioters came in separate groups, gathered around the Geo offices, and pelted the building with […]

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KPC writes letter to Imran Khan over attack on Geo News, journalists

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KARACHI: The Karachi Press Club (KPC) has written a letter to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, asking the latter to stop his workers from attacking Geo News office and harassing journalists. The letter written by the KPC Secretary states that attacks by PTI workers on journalists in Islamabad were not only a ‘damaging your […]

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IFJ calls on Pakistan government, political parties to respect media rights

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today issued letters to Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, and opposition leaders Imran Khan, of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), condemning their roles in the recent violent attack on journalists and media houses; and urging for immediate action to stem violence being […]

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Pakistani journalist beaten in head during protests, accuses police in the attack

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WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Azam Khan, a Pakistani journalist who freelances for Thomson Reuters Foundation, is recovering from head injuries sustained on Sunday while covering anti-government protests in Islamabad. Khan said police beat him with clubs outside the parliament building and accused the media of stirring up the protests. He was returning to the […]

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Use of force against marchers & media persons condemned

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Condemning the brutality and atrocity of Punjab police on marchers and media persons in Islamabad, a dozen activists of Insaf Students Federation (ISF), a affiliated students of body of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf staged a protest demonstration here outside Peshawar Press Club on Monday. The protest was headed by ISF district president Bilal Afridi along with a […]

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Conflict narratives and media complicity

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The fiercest political confrontation in some years is playing out in Pakistan. Political ambitions, careers, mandates and jobs are at stake. And the pitched battles, which have spilled over from the realm of sound bites into physical violence, is underpinned by real-time sensationalist rhetoric and hysterical, rebellious narratives. Facilitators of this rhetoric and narrative are […]

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PPP condemns attack on PTV building

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LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has strongly condemned attack on Pakistan Television (PTV) building during protests of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in Islamabad on Monday. PPP Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo condemned the ransacking of the transmission room of the state television channel by protesters, calling the action condemnable, […]

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Revolution comes to PTV

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As if storming the PM House and assaulting journalists was not bad enough, the ‘leopards and tigers’ of the two dharnas attacked the headquarters of PTV on Monday. Armed with clubs they destroyed equipment, vandalised the building and left staffers traumatised. That they had the technical ability to take PTV off the air would hint […]

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Violence not acceptable means to change govt: US

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WASHINGTON: The United States sent a clear message to Pakistan on Monday, telling all parties to the political impasse that it would not accept any effort to bring a change through violence or extra-constitutional means. “Violence and destruction of private property and government buildings are not acceptable means of resolving political differences,” said US State […]

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PBA condemns attack on PTV

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Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has condemned the attack and unlawful takeover of its member channel Pakistan Television Network’s Islamabad headquarters by protesters. The statement further appealed to all sides not to hinder or attack media and journalists who are performing their lawful duties. Business Recorder

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Occupiers knew exactly what they were doing at PTV

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ISLAMABAD: The mob that stormed the headquarters of Pakistan Television (PTV) was uncannily familiar with the inner workings of a TV station and made a bee-line for the station’s Master Control Room (MCR) – the nerve centre of the network’s broadcast uplink facility. They were also surprisingly familiar with the locations of key offices and […]

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Riot zone mob storms PTV

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ISLAMABAD: A mob of protesters from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) sit-ins stormed the headquarters of Pakistan Television (PTV) and forced its staff to take two of the state broadcaster’s flagship channels — PTV News and PTV World — off the air, on Monday morning. According to eyewitnesses, nearly 400 PTI […]

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