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Media coverage favoured top political parties, say election observers

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ISLAMABAD: Broadcast news channels devoted “very little” prime time space to voter education in the campaign period before the 2013 general elections. But TV stations appeared to cash every chance to make money from political ads in the run-up to election day, suggests a report by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Pakistan […]

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Raashed’s death condoled

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Herald Workers Union (PHWU), the CBA Union for Dawn, in a meeting on Friday offered condolences to family of senior journalist and former PFUJ president I.H. Raashed, who passed away in Lahore last week. Paying tribute to the late Raashed Sahab for his struggle for justice and for the rights of newspapers […]

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Ex-News Editor of Dawn passes away

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KARACHI: Akhtar Payami, a former News Editor of Daily Dawn, passed away in Karachi on Monday. He was 82. He is survived by daughter Yasmin Bano and sons Prof Sikander Mehdi, Aziz Akhtar, Dr Arzoo Mehdi and Yawar Mehdi. His burial will be held on Wednesday at Wadi-i-Hussain graveyard, on Super Highway, after arrival of […]

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Copies of Dawn burnt again

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Gohar Ali Khan HYDERABAD: Armed men continued to snatch and burn copies of Dawn in Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Dadu, Hala and Benazirabad for the second day on Sunday. Dozens of bundles of the newspaper were snatched from stalls and hawkers in Hyderabad and other towns in interior of Sindh. According to Sindh regional manager of Dawn […]

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Airing of Turkish plays irks Senate body

By: Kalbe Ali ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting expressed concern on Monday over a growing trend among private channels to telecast Turkish soaps, expressing fears that the local mini-screen entertainment industry would go the way of its big-screen sister. A meeting of the committee, held at the Parliament House, noted that […]

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Protest against journalist’s killing

Amanullah Kasi QUETTA: The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) and Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) held demonstrations on Friday in protest against the killing of journalist Mukarram Khan Atif and kidnapping of four people belonging to the Hazara community. In their separate demonstrations near the press club, members of the BUJ and activists of the HDP […]

Freedom of Expression, Front Page

Women’s commission bill passed by NA

Raja Asghar ISLAMABAD: In a most significant pro-women move in nearly four years of its life, the National Assembly unanimously passed on Thursday a government bill to create a powerful National Commission on the Status of Women as the fruit of years of efforts of a women’s caucus, overcoming some last-minute hitches that held it […]

General News

Protest against killing of journalist

KARACHI: Journalist bodies on Thursday afternoon staged a protest demonstration in front of the Karachi Press Club against the killing of Mukarram Khan Atif, a Peshawar-based journalist of a private TV channel, and the sacking of nearly a dozen journalists of a local daily. Life insecurity among journalists had increased with every passing day amid […]

Print Media

Eunuchs with CNICs will be registered as voters: ECP

LAHORE: Only those eunuchs will be registered as voters who have valid computerised national identity cards (CNICs), says the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). In a meeting held to discuss registration of transgenders as voters at the office of the Provincial Election Commissioner, the ECP and National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) jointly decided to […]

Information Technology

Wikipedia, Google slam US piracy bills

WASHINGTON: Wikipedia and Google joined hundreds of other websites on Wednesday in a sprawling online protest against legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on Internet piracy. Wikipedia shut down the English version of its online encyclopaedia for 24 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) introduced in the House of […]

Information Technology

Test of nerves as PM appears in SC today

By Khawar Ghumman and Nasir Iqbal ISLAMABAD: Thursday will be a momentous day in the country’s inglorious political history when Yousuf Raza Gilani is set to become the third elected prime minister to appear in court on contempt charges. However, Wednesday evening brought some balm for a distraught nation as signs began to emerge that […]

Media and Governance

Journalists protest murder of colleague

CHARSADDA: Journalists in different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas held protest demonstrations against killing of their colleague Mukarram Khan Atif, who was shot dead by unidentified persons in Shabqadar on Tuesday. The slain journalist was laid to rest at Akhund Zaffar Baba graveyard amid tight security on Wednesday. A large number of journalists, […]

Print Media

PPP turns to Aitzaz for PM’s defence

ISLAMABAD: Tuesday was yet another eventful day in the capital. By the evening, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had chosen none other than Aitzaz Ahsan as his counsel to represent him in the Supreme Court to contest the contempt notice. And in the morning, the apex court suspended the licence of Babar Awan for failing […]

Media and Governance

No woman at seminar on women’s rights

LAKKI MARWAT: Speakers at a seminar have called upon the government to ensure implementation on Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Act so as to protect the rights of women and eradicate anti women practices in the country. The seminar was arranged by foundation for integrated development action (FIDA), a non governmental organisation with the assistance of […]

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