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Press freedom prize awarded to Malik Mumtaz posthumously

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AHMEDPUR EAST: The Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) presented its 2014 Sadiq Press Freedom Award, supported by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), to the son of slain journalist Malik Mumtaz Khan at a ceremony held at Punjab College in Ahmedpur East. “The recognition of Mr Khan is a symbol of the […]

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IFJ calls on Pakistan government, political parties to respect media rights

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today issued letters to Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, and opposition leaders Imran Khan, of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), condemning their roles in the recent violent attack on journalists and media houses; and urging for immediate action to stem violence being […]

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Imran Khan announces PTI boycott of Jang and Geo Group

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan on Thursday alleged that the Jang and Geo Group had a hand in the rigging that took place in the May 2013 elections. Based on this, he said, he and other members of his party would no longer make appearances on Geo until he receives an apology. Khan’s […]

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IFJ, PFUJ concerned with political violence targeting journalists

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) are concerned at incidences of violence being directed at media workers, particularly those from Geo News in Pakistan. The IFJ has called on all political leaders to respect the role of the media in their reporting duties and to condemn violence […]

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Geo to appear on its original numbers soon: minister

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LAHORE: Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday said he loved the media, as a powerful and independent media was vital for democracy in the country. Talking to the media after a function at the National College of Arts (NCA) here, the minister said Geo News was awarded punishment by Pemra for a mistake; it […]

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CPJ calls on Pakistan to act on pledged commitments to press freedom

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Office of the Prime Minister Islamabad, Pakistan Via facsimile: +92-51-2852663 Your Excellency: We are writing to express our deep concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Pakistan, which undermines recent commitments made by your government during CPJ’s mission to the country. In our meeting with you on March 19, […]

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PFUJ president calls for freedom of press

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GUJRANWALA: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) President Afzal Butt has warned that the newspaper industry workers would not tolerate any move against the freedom of press and urged that all extrajudicial and illegal tactics against the press should end forthwith. He said the PFUJ had decided to uphold the freedom of press and would […]

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Regulatory body suspends broadcast of Geo Television for 15 days

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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on June 6, 2014 suspended Geo TV’s license for 15 days and imposed a fine of Rs10 million (US$ 100,000) , on a complaint filed by the Ministry of Defence on April 22 against airing unsubstantiated allegations against the chief of Pakistan military Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). The five-member committee […]

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Pakistan’s most popular channel shut down

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has ordered the Geo News to shut down for 15 days. This goes against the sentiments of civil society, parliamentarians, political parties as well as all journalist associations, including the APNS, CPNE and PFUJ besides international human rights and freedom of speech advocacy groups like the Amnesty […]

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Geo News sues ISI for defamation

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ISLAMABAD: Geo News has sued the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for defamation over accusations of being anti-state, it said on Friday. Geo News, part of the privately-owned Jang Group, has also given the ISI 14 days to issue a public apology. “Geo and Jang Group (have) served a legal notice on the Ministry of Defence, Inter-Services […]

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Blasphemy: Court summons owners of over 20 channels

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SARGODHA: A sessions court here on Monday summoned the owners of 20 TV channels and Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed on June 4 (tomorrow) over the broadcasting of material blasphemous to the Ahle Bait. Muhammad Ilyaz Qadri of village 71 Shumali had filed an application with the additional district and sessions judge against the owners […]

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Geo blamed no institution including army, Pemra told

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ISLAMABAD: Geo News and the Jang Group on Tuesday made it clear during the hearing held at the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) that the broadcast mentioned in the complaint was the opinion of an individual, having nothing to do with the Jang Group. Senior lawyer Akram Sheikh appeared on behalf of Geo News […]

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Commission starts in-camera proceedings in Hamid Mir case

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KARACHI: The three-member judicial commission, constituted by the Supreme Court to investigate the murder attempt on Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir, on Monday initiated in-camera proceedings at the Karachi Registry of the apex court. Headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, the commission, which has to ascertain the facts, identify culprits and fix responsibility for […]

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No curb will be accepted on independent media: KBA president

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KARACHI: A delegation of the Karachi Bar Association (KBA), led by its President Barrister Salahuddin Ahmed, inquired about the health of senior journalist and anchorperson Hamid Mir at a private hospital here on Monday. Talking to Geo News, Barrister Salahuddin Ahmed strongly condemned the attack on Hamid Mir. He said that no curb would be […]

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