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YouTube ban

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IT’S been two years since the ban, and everyone seems to have forgotten. Those who know how continue accessing YouTube using proxy servers. Those who don’t know how have simply moved on with life, using other video-sharing websites as a substitute. In the middle, at some point that nobody cares to remember, the site was […]

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Govt depts violating Right to Information Act

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LAHORE: A segment of the Punjab bureaucracy, at the first stage of implementation of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act (2013), thwarted the efforts of the government to provide information to citizenry to have transparency in the system. The departments interpreted the act on their own and denied information, a petitioner said. Tariq […]

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Draft of ‘Right to Information’ law finalised

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ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians from across the political divide have succeeded in drafting a very powerful Right to Information (RTI) law which, if passed, will change the information landscape of the country. The draft “Right to Information Act, 2014”, a copy of which is available with The News, not only binds the government to share information about […]

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Geo cameraman ousted from AJK budget session

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MUZAFFARABAD: A Geo cameraman was ousted from the budget session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly on Friday. Information and Broadcasting Secretary Dr Shehla Waqar said to the cameraman that Geo was not allowed to cover the session. Geo Bureau Chief, Muhammad Arif, giving his stance on the incident, said that no one […]

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Members of Pakistani regulator try to close TV station illegally

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Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the order issued yesterday by three members of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) closing three Geo Television channels – Geo News, Geo Tez and Geo Entertainment – and cancelling their licences. The order was rapidly disowned by PEMRA in a press release that said it was issued […]

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Journalists should follow Shorish’s lead, says Sarwar

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LAHORE: “Agha Shorish Kashmiri was a great journalist who exposed oppression. Journalists today can learn a lot from him,” said Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Wednesday. He was addressing a ceremony to launch the book Shorish Kashmiri Bahasiat Sahafi by Associated Press of Pakistan Regional Director Dr Waqar Chaudhry at Al Raazi Hall. Punjab University […]

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Pakistan most dangerous country for journalists: UN

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UNITED NATIONS: “An open and pluralistic media” must work in a safe environment without fear of reprisal, the United Nations said on Saturday in observance of the World Press Freedom Day. The world body said last year 71 journalists were killed, while another 826 were arrested. More than 2,000 journalists were threatened or physically attacked […]

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Abida asks media to be rational on national interest

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LAHORE: Known politician Syeda Abida Hussain stressed upon media to be responsible in highlighting issues of national interest. Addressing a ceremony as the chief guest at Tech Club here on Sunday, Abida indirectly criticised the crisis between a private TV channel and ISI. Talking in background of murder attempt on senior journalist and anchorperson Hamid […]

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PPF files 60 Right to Information requests to get details of journalists murder cases

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KARACHI: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has filed 60 Right to Information (RTI) requests to know about the progress and status of the cases of journalists murdered across the country in the line of duty during 2002-2013. In a statement issued today, Secretary General PPF, Owais Aslam Ali said that Pakistan was amongst the most dangerous […]

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BISE Abbottabad bars media from examination halls

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ABBOTABAD: The Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) administration in Abbottabad has barred local media from covering the matriculation examinations that started here on Wednesday. Following previous practice, journalists from various news channels and newspapers visited different examination centres for coverage, but they were denied entry to the examination hall by the staff and […]

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Pakistan Press Foundation condemns ban on Saudi newspaper in Iraq

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression is concerned over ban on printing and distribution of Al-Sharq Al-Aswat, a Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily newspaper in Iraq. Quoting the information from Reporters Without Borders (RSF), PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to the Prime Minister […]

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Kasuri vents anger at journalists

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ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf’s counsel, Ahmad Raza Kasuri, Thursday lashed out at journalists, accused them of pursuing yellow journalism and threatened them that they needed to be fixed. Talking to media persons after hearing of the treason case, Kasuri lost his temper over a question by a journalist how Commando Musharraf was feeling now […]

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NA, Presidency block information

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ISLAMABAD: The year 2013 was tumultuous in many ways but it witnessed positive developments in terms of Right to Information (RTI) legislation in two provinces whereas the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) set an unprecedented example of transparency by displaying vital information at its website. However, compared to the ECP, the National Assembly, the house […]

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Bureaucrats want media out while PAC meets

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ISLAMABAD: Accusing the media of being irresponsible, the top bureaucracy on Monday proposed in-camera meetings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to keep it out of its proceedings. The bureaucracy complained a lot about the presence of the media in the proceedings of the Public Accounts Committee as it met here with the Opposition Leader […]

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