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Pakistani regulator suspends Geo News

Pakistan Press Foundation

New York: The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision today by Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to suspend the license of Geo News. The regulator said if the channel does not pay a fine of 10 million rupees (US$100,000) by the end of the 15-day suspension, it will remain off the air, according to […]

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World media bodies, rights watchdog slam Geo’s closure

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WASHINGTON/PARIS/ISLAMABAD: Rights watchdog Amnesty International and international media organisations on Friday condemned the suspension of Geo News licence by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and termed it politically-motivated and an attack on the freedom of press. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the Pemra’s decision and termed it politically motivated and […]

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When Pakistan’s largest news channel becomes the news

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Today, Pakistan’s most watched news channel, Geo News, was ordered off the air and fined by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). Earlier this week, CPJ documented an attack on Zafar Aheer, an editor of the Urdu-language Daily Jang, by six masked men–the latest in a series of attacks, threats, and acts of intimidation […]

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Armed men attack editor of Pakistani daily

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New York: Pakistani authorities should conduct an efficient investigation into an attack on an editor of a local daily and ensure the assailants are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Zafar Aheer, an editor of the Urdu-language Daily Jang, was returning home from work on Sunday when six armed men on […]

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Jang Group being silenced apparently on military orders, says Amnesty

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ISLAMABAD: Amnesty International, the world human rights watchdog, has said that up to 80 percent of the Jang Media Group’s distribution in print and on the airwaves has been disrupted by media industry bodies, apparently under the orders of the Pakistani military. The Pakistani authorities should immediately investigate the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the military’s premier […]

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Pakistan Press Foundation protests assault on journalist in Bangladesh

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression is concerned over an assault on health journalist, Shishir Morol at a hospital in the capital city of Dhaka. Quoting the information from National Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to […]

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Pakistani journalists under threat

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Approaching the third anniversary of the murder of Saleem Shahzad, a Pakistani journalist killed as he investigated the murky relationship between the ISI and Al-Qaeda, little progress has been made with the investigation. In many ways, Shahzad’s case signifies the challenge in Pakistan: brave journalists who face threats from non-state and state actors, and a […]

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Challenges for press freedom

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In December 1993, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared May 3 World Press Freedom day, to remind governments of their duty to respect the right to freedom of expression enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The date was not chosen arbitrarily; May 3 is the anniversary of the Windhoek […]

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Journalism in Pakistan: where do we stand?

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It is not easy to understand Pakistan, a country full of contradictions and myths. As we all know Pakistan has for years been considered among the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Many journalists have been murdered in reprisal for their work over the past decade but sadly not one case has been […]

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On the assassination of journalism

Pakistan Press Foundation

My father, Mansoor Kaiser, was a journalist and I was never particularly great at anything except maybe cricket. I had a general knack for putting words together in an order that made just enough sense, and felt pride in my father’s hard-truth writings wrapped in black silk satire. I cared about facts and analysis, and […]

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Time to rein in horrors crippling free speech: CJA

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ISLAMABAD: The attempted assassination of one of Pakistan’s best-known journalists demands purposeful action at all levels of government, law, police and community – and revived Commonwealth and international action, said Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) in a statement released Thursday. It said: “It’s time for all authority to say “Stop. We’re sick of this. And we […]

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CPJ shows concerns over ISI move against Geo TV

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NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is greatly concerned over actions brought by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate against Geo Television. In its complaint to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), the ISI accused Geo’s parent company, the Independent Media Corporation, of conducting a “false and scandalous campaign undermining the integrity and […]

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Trials, not tribunals, needed in Pakistan

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Raza Rumi is alive. It appears Hamid Mir will survive. Shan Dahar is dead. For CPJ, most of this weekend was taken up learning about and responding to the assassination attempt on Geo TV’s most prominent anchor and commentator, Hamid Mir. CPJ quickly released a statement after the attack and fielded questions from international and […]

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Protect journalists to secure democracy: US

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WASHINGTON: A democracy cannot function if it fails to protect journalists, said the US State Department while condemning the attack on a Pakistani television anchor, Hamid Mir. In a separate statement, the Committee to Protect Journalists said that it’s alarmed by the continuing violence directed at journalists in Pakistan. Also, in a joint resolution, Washington-based […]

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