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Outstanding dues of newspapers: Journalists’ participation in protest rally hailed

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KARACHI: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) hosted a reception for the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Karachi Press Club and Karachi Union of Journalists to express its gratitude and hail their enthusiastic participation in its recent protest rally in front of the Sindh Assembly building in Karachi against payment of outstanding dues […]

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251 journalists imprisoned for 3rd consecutive year: CPJ

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ISLAMABAD: For the third consecutive year at least 251 journalists are behind bars for their work, as authoritarian regimes increasingly use imprisonment to silence dissent, the Committee to Protect Journalists found. As of December 1, 2018, CPJ found 251 journalists are in jail for their work. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than […]

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Journalists in tribal districts continue to face threats

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PESHAWAR: The hall echoed with applause of anxious parents while distinguished students were getting photographed on the stage with the chief guest giving away prizes. Students with distinguished positions would wave their hands to the parents from the stage and get appreciation in thundering applause. Then a girl’s name is announced, a woman at back row […]

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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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Media matters

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Pakistani media houses are facing a serious financial crunch, leading to downsizing and layoffs. The issue gained prominence after the induction of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)-led federal government, which stopped releasing pending government advertisement to private media. It warned of a worse situation in the days to come, urging the media houses to rethink their […]

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Banned literature case: ATC grants journalist Nasarullah Khan bail

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An antiterrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday accepted the bail of journalist Nasarullah Khan Chaudhry who has been in police custody for allegedly possessing banned literature. According to the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD), it arrested Chaudhry, a journalist associated with Urdu-language daily Nai Baat, in Karachi’s Garden area on Nov 11. The agency alleged that the journalist was […]

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Journalists stage demo against downsizing

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LAHORE: Journalists and media workers staged a demonstration at the Charing Cross on Friday to condemn downsizing in media houses, accusing the government of encouraging publishers and TV channels’ owners to throw their staff in the street. PPP’s Hasan Murtaza also spoke and expressed solidarity with the protesting journalists, assuring full support of his party […]

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Smuggled mobiles to be blocked after Dec 31: Fawad

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday that all cellular phones smuggled into the country after December 31 would be blocked.Chaudhry was addressing the press after a meeting of the federal cabinet. He said used mobile phones worth around Rs2.5 billion are illegally brought to Pakistan every year. The minister stressed […]

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Journalists stage sit-in over KPC intrusion

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KARACHI: Journalist community on Friday staged the sit-in outside Governor’s House to protest against the intrusion of security men in plain clothes in the Karachi Press Club (KPC) and demanded of the authorities to bring the culprits to book. It is pertinent to mention here that number of gunmen in plainclothes reached the KPC in […]

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‘Self-censorship flourishes in environment of fear and intimidation’

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The two-day School of Tomorrow event ‘A World of Tomorrow Reimagined’ kicked off at a hotel on Saturday. The session titled “Freedom of Expression: Where Do We Draw the Line?” was moderated by journalist Mehmal Sarfaraz and had artist Salima Hashmi, Nida Mushtaq of Feminist Collective and senior journalist Ghazi Salahuddin as panelists. Defining the […]

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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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Journalists plan protest on Oct 9 against curbs on press freedom

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ABBOTTABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (Afzal Butt group) has given a nationwide call for protest on Oct 9 against mass-scale retrenchments in the media, non-payment of salaries, unannounced censorship by state institutions, intimidation of journalists by state actors and registration of treason cases against journalists. The PFUJ, an umbrella organisation of various media […]

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PPF condemns the arson attack on Ukrainian journalist’s car

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 Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine, expressed concern over the arson attack on a journalist Sergei Guz’s car by unknown perpetrators in the morning of February 12, 2017 in Kamianske (Dneprodzerzhinsk). PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government of Ukraine to take […]

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PPF urges Uzbek president to release journalist imprisoned for 17 years

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan, urged for the release from prison of Muhammad Bekjanov, one of the world’s longest imprisoned journalists. The 62-year old Bekjanov, in prison for the last 17 years, was recently moved to solitary confinement, according to Human Rights Watch. He is already suffering […]

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