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Attacks on journalists continue with impunity

Pakistan Press Foundation

Karachi: Killers are roaming the streets of Karachi. They murder with impunity. Each unpunished death makes them stronger. A case in point is the attack on Hamid Mir, senior anchorman and journalist at Geo News. His attack has left the journalist community shattered, for he was respected for his views and news. The media are […]

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In Pakistan, no taxation without investigation

Pakistan Press Foundation

In Pakistan, reporting on the military intelligence services or insurgent groups or machinations within political parties is the normal grist for the media mill. A lot of the coverage relies on reporters with inside sources. The sources use the media as a battleground for their infighting, relying on sympathetic reporters to put forward their positions. […]

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Despite modest improvement, widespread impunity for killers of journalists in Pakistan: CPJ

Pakistan Press Foundation

While Iraq topped the list of countries where killings of journalists go unscathed, Pakistan showed a modest improvement with the conviction of six men for the assassination of Wali Khan Babar. CPJ’s (Committee to Protect Journalists) 2014 Global Impunity Index, referring to Wali Khan Babr’s case, noted that Pakistan has shown improvement with regard to […]

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The threat to media

Pakistan Press Foundation

Pakistan has never been an easy country for journalists; more than 20 were killed in the last decade and until recently no convictions were forthcoming for those murders. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) ranks Pakistan fifth in the world for countries most dangerous for journalists. Journalists regularly face harassment and intimidation. Threats to their […]

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Media safety protocols

Pakistan Press Foundation

No story is worth your life. Still, as Kati Marton of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) who visited Pakistan last week said in her latest blog “CPJ finds hope for press freedom in Pakistan” “… at least 46 journalists have been killed, 24 of them murdered for the ‘crime’ of covering intelligence services, the […]

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Journalists’ safety

Pakistan Press Foundation

THE enactment of the Journalists Welfare Endowment Fund Act 2014 by the KP Assembly is a positive measure to extend the state’s welfare umbrella. The fund has been established with an initial capital of Rs50 million. Rs1m shall be paid to the family of a journalist who is killed in an act of terrorism. Conflict […]

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Holbrooke’s wife meets PM for journalists’ safety

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: “He must be very happy that I am here in Pakistan, we had a plan to come to Islamabad together but that could not happen because … (a pause),” Kati Marton shared thoughts recalling her late husband, Richard Holbrooke, former US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, not long ago a household name in […]

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Pakistan Press Foundation protests imprisonment of journalists in Egypt

Pakistan Press Foundation

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression is concerned over one-year imprisonment sentence given to reporter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Newspaper, Samah Ibrahim and imprisonment of at least nine other journalists in Egypt. According to information received from Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), […]

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CPJ says Pakistan’s media can be a role model in region

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said Pakistan can be a role model in the region and among the Muslim countries with reference to the media but the government needed to maintain a steady pace in resolving issues confronting the journalists. A delegation led by Kati Marton, the CPJ board member, is visiting […]

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Govt to provide safe, secure working environment to journalists: Pervaiz

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid said on Wednesday the government was committed to the freedom of expression and was taking steps to ensure that the media persons could perform duty in a safe and secure environment. Addressing a meeting of Steering Committee of Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety (PCOMS) here […]

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PM announces commission for safety and security of journalists

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on Wednesday the setting up of a media commission for safety and security of journalists in Pakistan. “This commission will propose measures to be adopted by the government to protect journalists in the field and to ensure their well being,” an official statement quoting the PM as saying during […]

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Pakistan Impunity Watch Website launched: Coordinated efforts necessary to deal with threats to media

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: Coordinated efforts are necessary to deal with threats to Pakistani media and Committee for Protection of Journalists (CPJ) is consulting with all stakeholders including the government to ensure better steps for protection of journalists and freedom of expression, said Elisabeth Winchell, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant here Wednesday. She was speaking at a ‘roundtable discussion […]

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CPNE-CPJ discuss security issues of journalists

Pakistan Press Foundation

Karachi: Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) had Tuesday organised a meeting with a delegation of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a United States-based organisation voicing over atrocities done to the working journalists around the world. The CPJ delegation had comprised CPJ Coordinator Proghramme for Asia Bob Dietz and CPJ Senior Consultant Elisabeth Winchell. The […]

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Editor attacked in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Pakistan Press Foundation

On March 7, 2014, at least 20 assailants stormed the offices of Chingari, an Urdu-language daily based in Mirpur, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, according to local reports and local press freedom groups, including the Freedom Network and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. The attackers dragged the paper’s editor, Shahid Mahmood Mirza, out of his office and […]

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