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Govt plans new body to regulate media: Fawad

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday announced a broad outline of the newly proposed Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) to oversee print, electronic and social media. The announcement set alarm bells ringing among stakeholders including journalists who complained that they had not been consulted on the issue and expressed scepticism over the government […]

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Journalists walk out of KP assembly

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Parliamentary journalists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Thursday staged a token walk-out of the house to register protest against the murder of the Haripur based journalist Sohail Khan. The Haripur based journalist had been shot dead after he submitted a formal application with the concerned police station of his district. The deceased was reportedly receiving […]

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Media controls in the offing?

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The PTI-led coalition government’s proposed draft of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority law reads more like a complete negation of the ruling party’s pledges made in its election manifesto with regard to the media freedom. The objectives of the proposed authority appear to be media control rather than media regulation. More likely those who prepared […]

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State’s duty to uphold social and economic justice: HRCP

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Islamabad: At its recently held meeting, the Council (governing body) of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expressed ‘grave concern at efforts to roll back the 18th constitutional amendment, evidenced by remarks made reportedly by state institution representatives as well as elected members of the National Assembly.’ The Council said it condemned any such […]

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Treason matter pertains to Pemra, govt tells LHC

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LAHORE  –  A federal government representative told the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday that a petition seeking initiation of treason proceedings against ex-prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and a journalist was related to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). Deputy Attorney General Mian Tariq said when Justice Jehangir, a member […]

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Senate body announces roadmap for protecting freedom of expression

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights has announced the roadmap for protection of freedom of expression and said that there will be public hearing on the matter saying that freedom of expression is getting equal to facing death in the country. The meeting of Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights chaired by Senator […]

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Protecting the media

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Media freedom is at its lowest point when journalists are forced to operate in an increasingly hostile environment. While in Pakistan, there are no official curbs at the moment, as they were in the days of Gen Ziaul Haq, there is increasing pressure on media houses to conform to the narrative spun by various state […]

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Lahore High Court website hacked again

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court website seems highly vulnerable to hacking as it was hacked for the second time on Thursday. An Indian allegedly hacked the website last year and now some unidentified person has done it putting the data/information of the high court at risk. The hacker left a message saying, “We are not […]

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Informed citizenry: ‘Learn to use your right to information to better Pakistan’

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KARACHI: For a nation to progress, what is most important is accountability – something that is impossible to achieve in the absence of information. For, without accountability, a country cannot hope to develop its state infrastructure. The Sindh Freedom of Information Act, 2006, provides citizens with the opportunity to question and hold accountable bureaucrats and […]

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Hostage freed in Ghotki ‘encounter’

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SUKKUR: A kidnap victim, Hakim Abro, walked to freedom after what the Ghotki police claimed to be an encounter with his kidnappers in the Damdama Shah Wali area near Ubauro town. Speaking to the media in his Mirpur Mathelo office on Monday, Ghotki SSP, Saquib Sultan, claimed that a joint team of the Sarhad and […]

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HRCP urges Zardari to visit Quetta

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf to take personal initiatives for guaranteeing security of life to the Hazara Shias. While requesting President Zardari to visit Quetta, HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf said: “Within seven weeks of this year, two massacres of the […]

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Indian writer calls for end to atmosphere of animosity

Karachi: Saaz Aggarwal, a writer and biographer from India, visited the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Wednesday evening. Aggarwal’s book ‘Sindh: stories from a lost homeland’ was launched at the 4th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), which ended on February 17. While Aggarwal refers to herself just as an Indian, with no ethnic trappings, her book […]

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Print media able to survive in competitive environment: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf Wednesday said that being opinion makers, journalists are better positioned to remove misunderstandings and help build an atmosphere of peace and friendship among the countries of the Saarc region. Addressing the South Asia Media Summit at Pak-China Friendship Building, the prime minister complimented All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) for […]

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