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PFUJ deplores raid on journalist’s house in Karachi

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has condemned the Sindh government for conducting a raid on the house of journalist Shabbar Aazmi. “The police raid on the house of bedridden Shabbar Aazmi, who suffered a paralysis attack a few months ago and is wheelchair-bound, is not only highly condemnable but also a shameless […]

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Veteran Hussain Naqi warns against gagging press, public voice

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Veteran journalist and human rights activist – Hussain Naqi on Monday warned that gagging of press would rather hurt the country’s integrity. “The 1971-like situation may strike the society if the public voice is suppressed,” veteran Naqi said, speaking at a function held in his honour by Karachi Press Club. Trade unionists, labour leaders, journalists […]

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Freedom of speech and blasphemy

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Foe few weeks a serious issue, ‘blasphemy’, was the talk of the town. Pakistan had apparently succeeded in stopping the contest of Blasphemous Caricature which was to be held in Holland organised by Geert Wilders. Blasphemy law is a law limiting the freedom of speech and expression relating to blasphemy, or irreverence toward holy personages, religious […]

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‘Blasphemy accusations increased after current law introduced’

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ISLAMABAD: A study on ‘Blasphemy in the Digital Age’ has revealed that blasphemy accusations increased by almost 200 times after Gen Ziaul Haq amended the blasphemy law. Presented by the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) on Friday, the study drew comparisons between the period before and after the current blasphemy law was introduced in 1987. Prior […]

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Talking it out: Pakistan’s fear of expressing itself

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KARACHI: Articles 19 and 19A of the Constitution of Pakistan guarantee citizens’ freedom of speech and expression but why is it that, in 2015, we are not free to express ourselves without fear, asked actress Nadia Jamil while moderating a session on ‘Freedom of Expression. What Sets the Boundaries?’ on day one of the School […]

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Cybercrime bill: Politicians voice fears over stifling of freedoms

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ISLAMABAD: A groundswell of opposition has developed over the cybercrime bill with virtually all political groupings announcing their intention to oppose the current draft when it is tabled in the National Assembly, citing it as a threat to the freedom of expression. Several parties including the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) are upset over not […]

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Free speech: Asma moves SC against media ban on Altaf Hussain

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ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has challenged in Supreme Court the Lahore High Court’s order banning live speeches of its chief Altaf Hussain on TV channels. The Lahore High Court (LHC) on September 7 had banned the live broadcast of Altaf Hussain’s speeches and images. It also directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) […]

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Running for their lives: 16 Pakistani journalists went into exile since 2010

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The freedom of speech still seems to be a distant dream for Pakistanis, so much so that 16 journalists have had to seek it from foreign shores after going into exile since 2010, says a report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). According to the data compiled by the CPJ, the total number […]

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Suppressed voices: Remembering the struggle of journalists in 1977

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KARACHI: While many journalists today seem to have forgotten the time when they worked under the martial law of 1977, Ahfazur Rahman remembers. Journalist and writer Rahman has written a book about the journalists’ movement of 1977-1978. The book titled ‘Sab se Bari Jang‘ was launched on Saturday at the Arts Council of Pakistan. Many […]

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Journalists stage countrywide protest against Cyber Crime Bill

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ISLAMABAD: The journalists on the World Press Freedom Day on Sunday marched on the roads and vowed if the government tried to mute the voice of the media through Cyber Crime Bill, they would strongly resist this move and stage large scale demonstrations in favour of freedom of speech and expression in the country. The […]

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Murder of freedom

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It is a dark time for freedom of speech. It is a return to the medieval ages wherein men (and women) were burnt, impaled and tortured for daring to exercise dissent and free will. Now we live to see the day where men are hacked to death on the streets for expressing their views. Another […]

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Sharif govt has failed to protect religious freedoms: HRW

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ISLAMABAD: Violent attacks on members of religious minorities rose significantly in 2014 as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government failed to ensure protection of religious freedoms, says a report of the Human Rights Watch (HRW). In a statement attached to the report, Phelim Kine, the deputy Asia director at the New York-based HRW, regretted that “the […]

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‘No law allows blocking of websites’

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ISLAMABAD: There is currently no law that allows the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ban websites, even pornographic ones, and the actions of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Evaluation of Websites (IMCEW) are completely unconstitutional, a lawyer who has been fighting a legal battle for the restoration of popular video-sharing website YouTube, said on Tuesday. […]

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The goldmine of free expression

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We come into this world crying, and by that we are marked as healthy. We leave it with our last words imparting whatever final wisdom they can to those who matter to us. In those moments, expression is free and fearless. All our lives, the desire to express what we feel even if — sometimes […]

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