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Govt believes in freedom of expression: Fawad

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ISLAMABAD – Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Monday said the present democratic government fully believed in the fundamental right of freedom of expression. The minister was talking to a delegation of journalists belonging to Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and Hazara. He said freedom of media and democracy were intertwined and were indispensable for each […]

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Sibghatullah Qadri – Bikhri Yaadein Aur Baatein launched

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KARACHI: A book titled Sibghatullah Qadri — Bikhri Yaadein Aur Baatein penned by Barrister Sibghatullah Qadri was launched at the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi on Saturday evening. Mr Qadri, who lives in London, delivered a thought-provoking speech on the occasion. He said the event had enabled him to meet a lot of people who […]

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A history of public spaces, newspapers and crowd politics

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KARACHI: Coffee houses established in 17th Century Europe were the first nurseries of democracy. Print media in Pakistan has many a time welcomed the imposition of martial law. Crowd politics in India has led to a larger debate about democracy. These were some of the thoughts expressed by different speakers on Friday at a conference […]

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National Assembly to sign up for social media

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly has decided to launch official social media accounts for wider parliamentary outreach to the public, following in the footsteps of the upper house of parliament, which introduced a number of initiatives last year. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, said a statement issued by the […]

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Shahbaz hails media’s role towards strengthening democracy

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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that role of media has become more important in the present circumstances. He said that media has played a positive role for the strengthening of democracy and promotion of democratic values in the country. He said that overseas Pakistanis are ambassadors of the country and Punjab government has […]

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‘We should all have the freedom to uphold the truth’

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Karachi: Extolling the late journalist S R Ghauri for his fearless and objective and truthful writings, Sindh Information Minister Nisar Khuhro said on Wednesday that “we should all have the courage and the freedom to uphold the truth and we should be enabled to do so without let or hindrance”. He was speaking as chief […]

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PA again brought within purview of RTI law

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PESHAWAR: Following a great deal of pressure from the opposition parties, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Thursday incorporated an amendment to bring the provincial assembly within the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act which had previously been omitted when the law was passed in June. The amendment was passed by the assembly in […]

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Right to information legislation in Pakistan

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“Freedom of information is a fundamental human right and the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated.” — Resolution 59-1, First session of UN General Assembly in 1946. In 2002, Pakistan became the first country in South Asia to promulgate a Freedom of Information Ordinance, but this law remains weak […]

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US appreciates independent media in Pakistan

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LAHORE The American Consul General Lahore is pleased to see a vibrant and independent media playing vanguard for sustained democracy and to create national unity in Pakistan. “It is exciting to see an energetic, vibrant and independent media as essential to sustain democracy, is in place in Pakistan,” US Consul General Zachary Harkenrider said while […]

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Nawaz asks media to work for supremacy of Constitution

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said that media being the forth pillar of the state should play its role for supremacy of the constitution, strengthening of democracy and welfare of the country. Talking to a delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) in Islamabad, he said the […]

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Unequal responses

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The aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo Paris attack reignited the debate around freedom of expression. Numerous conversations ensued on the horror of the attack, the condemnations it elicited, the debate on the motives of the attackers and the justifications offered and repulsed. However, while no degree of coverage provided to such atrocities can suffice when […]

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JWP chief asks cable operators to restore Geo News channels

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QUETTA: The chief of Jamuri Wattan Party (JWP) Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti has said that independent media is inevitable for stability of independent democracy and independent judiciary and cable operators should immediately restore the transmission of Geo News channels. He expressed these views during his visit to offices of Geo, Jang and The News in […]

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Rescue media: rescue democracy

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By: Akram Shaheedi Head of PPP Media Cell People’s Party and its leadership have been consistent in lending support to democracy and free media, and indeed standing up in the way of usurpers and intriguers who are sniffing the window of an opportunity but their hopes will remain forlorn. The fear of the unknown has […]

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Applications invited for course on democracy, human rights

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KARACHI: Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) Pakistan on Thursday invited applications for the 4th annual participatory course on democracy and human rights (PCDHR) to be held in Lahore on September 17-26, 2013. The candidates are encouraged to send their complete applications immediately to avoid the last moment tribulations. The deadline for applications is August […]

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