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Body to probe journalist’s death

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KARACHI: The government has constituted a three-member committee to probe into the death of senior journalist Khushnood A. Shaikh. He was killed after being hit by a car near his home in Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Monday night. The government formed the committee after information minister Sharjeel Memon gave a statement in the Sindh Assembly on the […]

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APP chief reporter killed in ‘hit-and-run’ was threatened by bhatta mafia

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By: Mazhar Abbas KARACHI: The chief reporter of the state-controlled Associated Press of Pakistan wire agency in Karachi, Khushnood Ali Shaikh, who had been threatened upon refusing to pay Rs50,000 in bhatta, was killed in a “hit-and-run” accident by a car near his house Monday night. The story of this reporter with a standing of […]

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The price of a misleading headline


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By: Mazhar Abbas “Balach ko apni zameen bhi nahi mili” was the misleading headline ‘given’ to an article written by senior columnist Abdus Salam, alias Dr Chishti Mujahid, printed in the country’s leading Urdu weekly, Akhbar-e-Jehan, at the death of Baloch nationalist leader Mir Balach Marri. This headline eventually resulted in the murder of Dr […]

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Security forces allowing extremists to attack minorities: Human Rights Watch

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ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Watch has accused the government of having failed to act against abuses committed by security and intelligence agencies which are letting extremist groups to attack religious minorities. “The authorities did little to address attacks against journalists and human rights defenders, and committed serious abuses in counter-terrorism operations,” the HRW said in […]

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Watchdog launches global press freedom ‘indicator’


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Pakistan drops to 159th rank in press freedom index PARIS (Agencies): Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday launched a new indicator measuring global press freedom by aggregating the scores of its annual index, from perennial table-topping Finland to worst offenders Eritrea.”In view of the emergence of new technologies and the interdependence of governments and peoples, the […]

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Zardari takes pride in upholding media freedom

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By: Shoaib A Raja Kaira reaffirms commitment to freedom of expression ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday took pride in upholding media freedoms and showing tolerance for dissent. He said, “We have extended the hand of friendship to all political forces, to the media and all stakeholders as well and we feel satisfied that […]

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2013 World Press Freedom Index- Pakistan

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151 out of 179 in the latest worldwide index The press is caught in a vice between the Taliban which has stepped up its attacks and the security forces who continue in their old ways of harassing journalists. The country has scores of privately owned television and radio stations, putting it on the path of […]

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Journalists defer sit-in to Feb 7

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By: Kalbe Ali ISLAMABAD: After assurances that their major demands would be addressed within a week, media persons from all parts of the country here on Monday deferred their sit-in in front of the parliament house to February 7. The sit-in was organised by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) demanding the government arrest […]

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Link ads to timely payment of journalists’ salaries: Senators


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Journalists walk out from Senate in support of their demands By: Ijaz Kakakhel ISLAMABAD: Legislators in the Upper House on Monday asked the government to link advertisements giving to newspapers to the regular payment of salaries to journalists along with their life insurance. The House was told that Pakistan had become the most dangerous country […]

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Civil society, labour unions support the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists demands

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Karachi: Trade unions, federations, labour-supporting organisations and civil society organisations have supported the demands of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) to arrest the culprit killers of the journalists and delaying tactics to set up the 8th Wage Board and non-payment of salaries to the media persons by various media organisations. In a joint […]

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Moot urges steps to protect journalists

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KARACHI: Terming Pakistan a most dangerous place in the world for journalists, speakers at a media workshop said on Sunday that 65 journalists had been killed in the country over the past five years. Speaking on the first day of a two-day consultative workshop on ‘combating impunity: defending Pakistani media and journalist against attacks’ organised […]

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Safety first


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THAT Pakistan is considered amongst the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists is hardly surprising. Journalists have faced threats, they have been harassed and attacked by elements ranging from criminals and terrorists to state institutions and governments. Meanwhile, as the country has been sucked into a vortex of violence, too many journalists have […]

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TV channels’ rating race puts lives in harm’s way

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By: Syed Ali Shah QUETTA: The hollow-cheeked father of the slain television cameraman, Imran Sheikh, bursts into tears while narrating the ordeal of his family. Imran Sheikh was killed in the line of duty during the recent bombings in Alamdar road area of the provincial capital along with Saifur Rehman of Samaa TV and Iqbal […]

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UNESCO Director-General condemns bombings in Pakistan that claimed at least 95 lives, including three journalists

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In the wake of the Quetta bombings in Pakistan last Friday, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today expressed her condolences to the people of Pakistan and urged the national authorities to do their utmost to bring those responsible to justice. According to media reports, more than 95 people were killed in a series of bombings, including […]

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