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Blasphemy sentence against TV channel will have chilling effect

Pakistan Press Foundation

The prison sentence for blasphemy handed down by a court in Pakistan against four people, including the owner of a major private TV channel and one of its star actresses, will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and the media, Amnesty International said. The organization also noted serious concerns about the fairness of […]

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How serious are Imran’s allegations against journalists?

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KARACHI: The allegations of corruption against journalists are not new in this country. Political parties and successive governments have never been happy with this community. But such accusations, if they come from the national leaders like Imran Khan, they damage their credibility. So the accusations must be probed and Imran should come out with evidence, […]

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Geo TV’s apology should be accepted: Sajid Mir

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LAHORE: Ameer Central Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Pakistan Senator Professor Sajid Mir has said that after the telecast of an unpleasant and contemptuous programme on Geo TV and subsequent apology sought by the channel from the Muslims and the countrymen, the pressure allegedly put by some state institutions resulting in the closure of Geo News and the […]

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Journalists covering Islamabad sit-ins brave manhandling

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KARACHI: At least one dozen journalists and their supporting staffers belonging to different news channels have braved harassment and manhandling at the hands of angry cadres of a ruling party and two opposition parties, while covering their protest rallies and sit-ins on the Constitution Avenue of the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. These claimants of democracy […]

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Several journalists attacked while covering ‘Freedom March’ in Pakistan

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New York: The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides to respect the role of journalists and media workers covering an anti-government demonstration in Pakistan. Journalists from various news outlets have been attacked while covering the “Freedom March”, according to news reports. “We note that the organizers of the ‘Freedom March’ have condemned these […]

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Media Freedom under attack by Pakistan’s Government, the military and the judiciary

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Three television channels of Pakistan’s most watched and most influential media network Geo TV, was ordered to be taken off air and shut down for a period of 15 days on the instruction of the country’s intelligence agency the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). Continuing the attack Geo TV was also baselessly fined a sum of […]

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Court summons channel owner Salman, anchor Lucman for defaming Geo, Jang

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ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad Court has issued a written order that a probe by the inquiry officer and evidence prima-facie establish that proceedings in a criminal case against one Salman Iqbal of ARY, Akeel Karim Dhedhi and four others be continued and has summoned them all on June 19. In a criminal complaint filed by Independent […]

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Armed men attack editor of Pakistani daily

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New York: Pakistani authorities should conduct an efficient investigation into an attack on an editor of a local daily and ensure the assailants are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Zafar Aheer, an editor of the Urdu-language Daily Jang, was returning home from work on Sunday when six armed men on […]

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Blasphemy against Ahle Bait: More pleas against TV channels

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LAHORE: A case against TV channels and some people was registered for airing blasphemous content against the Ahle Bait at the City Police Station Mianwali. On the other hand, Sargodha’s sessions’ court reserved verdict until June 7 on a petition filed against 20 TV channels, the information and broadcasting minister, Pemra officials and cable operators. […]

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Top court issues inquiry report on leaked video

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ISLAMABAD: The apex court on Saturday issued findings of an inquiry report on the leakage to a private television of footage of a full court reference held at the retirement of former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The report reveals that Abdul Hameed, a staff officer of the retired chief justice, disclosed to the apex […]

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PEMRA, Punjab police crossed all limits, said PBA

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The Pakistan Broadcasting Association (PBA) on Monday denounced the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and the Punjab police for ‘crossing all legal boundaries’ in their support for Geo TV. According to Express News, the PBA, in a statement, demanded that Pemra stop its officers from carrying out illegal actions. The PBA said the Punjab […]

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Hamid Mir to address PPC by phone

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PESHAWAR: Senior journalist and Geo TV anchorperson Hamid Mir will speak by phone to members of the civil society, traders and journalists at the Peshawar Press Club on Monday. Hamid Mir, who was shot and injured by unidentified gunmen in Karachi and is now convalescing at his home in Islamabad, will address the Peshawar Press […]

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SC judge brushes aside allegations of ‘bias’ in Geo case

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ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court judge dismissed on Thursday objections raised by a TV show host regarding his fitness to hear a petition filed by Geo TV. “I don’t find any reasons whatsoever not to sit on the bench,” Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja concluded after dictating a longish order justifying why he should continue hearing a […]

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Court summons 20 media representatives for fanning hatred

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SARGODHA/LAHORE/KARACHI: Courts were moved on Tuesday against TV channels for telecasting controversial content. The Sargodha District and Sessions Court has summoned Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and over 20 representatives of TV channels and journalist organisations on May 26 to give an explanation on a petition stating that different TV channels were fanning religious hatred, defaming […]

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