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Lawyers, bar association condemn attack on Geo, Jang

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KARACHI: Renowned lawyers and office bearers of different bar associations in Sindh, while expressing solidarity with the freedom of the press and the Jang Group, have termed the act of cable operators to shut down the Geo TV or putting it on last numbers ‘illegal and unethical’. Prominent lawyer, constitutional expert and former judge of […]

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Any action against Geo to hit workers: Labour body

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LAHORE: The General Secretary of the People’s Labour Bureau (PLB), Punjab, Saleem Mughal, on Thursday said the country’s most popular TV network Geo was being subjected to illegal suspension as the fourth pillar of the state was under attack. Closing down Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate would lead to economic death of thousands of employees. The […]

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Government moves to cancel license of country’s largest television network

Pakistan Press Foundation

In the aftermath of allegations and counter allegations following the April 19 attempted murder of popular anchor Hamid Mir, Pakistan government sought to ban the country’s largest television channel on the complaint initiated by the country’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. On April 22, 2014 the federal Ministry of Defence filed a reference with Pakistan […]

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SHC seeks PTA comment on YouTube ban

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday sought comments from the information technology secretary and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman on a petition challenging a blanket ban on YouTube, a video-sharing website. A division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan was seized with the hearing of the petition jointly filed by as many […]

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Pemra should be under parliament instead of executive

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Wednesday decided to form a task force, comprising legal experts to review 64 laws related to the media in the country. With reference to the recommendations by the Media Commission, appointed by the Supreme Court in 2013, the Standing Committee agreed to […]

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To be a journalist in Pakistan

By: Samira Shackle It is sometimes a surprise to outsiders — expecting censorship and oppression — that Pakistan has such a free and vibrant media. Speaking in 2010, the political theorist Noam Chomsky remarked that Pakistan’s media was less censored than in neighbouring India, generally described as the world’s largest democracy. “In Pakistan, I listened […]

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The truth behind the YouTube ban

By: MUHAMMAD ADEEL Everybody knows that YouTube has been banned in Pakistan due to some blasphemous content. The people still do not know if the popular video sharing site has been banned because of blasphemous content alone or whether that was just a pretext to get the site closed down. Now I wish to share […]

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PPF Protests blocking of an online newspaper

Pakistan Press Foundation has expressed concern over the blocking of the El Diario de Cuba, an online newspaper, starting from January 14, 2013 in Venezuela. Quoting information from Freedom House, PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to the President of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, by Monday an access problem had fallen sharply […]

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Ban everything

BY: JALIL AHMED Why is everything being banned in Pakistan? It seems this country and its people are extremely sensitive and, many a time, for no reason. First we have a ban on YouTube, then we have a complete ban on adult content on the internet, then many movies from across the border are banned […]

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YouTube blockade

WHAT began as an outrageous situation and was expected to be resolved promptly is starting to feel uncomfortably as though it might become a permanent bar on citizens’ rights to access the internet — and that too because of governmental apathy. In September, cowed by the havoc wreaked in Islamabad by rioters protesting against the […]

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