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APNS sees govt ‘ad body’ as attack on press freedom, devolution of power

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ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has expressed its grave concern over the government’s decision to form a “content committee” for prior approval of all advertisements to be released to media. In a statement, the APNS has “deplored” that Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry has formed the committee “headed by himself” to monitor […]


Media under siege

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PRESS freedom cannot be gauged by body bags alone. If it was, Pakistan would rank among the comparatively safer countries in the world for journalists today. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a total of 15 media workers were killed in this country during 2010 and 2011 for reasons confirmed as being related to […]


Staffer of television channel shot dead: Taliban claim responsibility for the killing

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Karachi: One person was killed when unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle fired at the Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van of “Samaa” television channel on February 12, in Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan.The person killed was twenty two years old Taimoor Abbas who was working as an Assistant on the DSNG van. The DSNG […]


Psychological counseling essential for journalists physical and emotional well-being : TV reporters

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Karachi, Jan 18 (PPI):  Majority of journalists witness traumatic events and should get regular psychological counseling and medical check-ups to ensure their physical as well as psycho-social safety and productivity. Media houses also need to develop implementation of safety protocols in the field and anti-sexual harassment policies for female journalists. These were some of the […]


PPF seeks justice for detained Bangladeshi reporter

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazidof Bangladesh, expressed concern over the arrest of reporter Nazmul Huda in Dhaka on Dec 24. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Bangladesh to properly investigate the charges against Huda, and to ensure that he gets a fair hearing. […]


Pakistan Press Foundation concerned over compulsory broadcast in Venezuela

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, expressed concern over the compulsory parliamentary broadcast on private radio and television channels on January 5, 2017. According to the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela (IPYS), also known as Press and Society Institute of Venezuela, the live broadcasts of open-signal radio […]


PPF urges Bahrain to end prosecution of rights’ activist

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has written a letter to HM Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain to express its concern over the continued persecution of human rights and free speech defender Najeeb Rajab. PPF Secretary General OwaisAslam Ali, in his letter, urged the King of Bahrain to end the continued […]


PPF urges Egyptian president to release detained Al Jazeera journalist

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Pakistan Press Freedom (PPF), in a letter to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein in Cairo on December 25. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Egypt to properly investigate the case and bring specific charges against the Al […]


Rush for ‘Breaking News’ putting journalists at risk: Press Clubs’ reps

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Press clubs’ representatives from across Pakistan agreed that the rush for breaking news combined with the unprofessional attitude of editors, newsroom personnel and media houses leave journalists working in the field vulnerable and at risk. This was the consensus at the ‘National Consultative Dialogue on the Safety of Journalists,’ organized by the Pakistan Press Foundation […]


Pakistan Press Foundation expresses concern over Nepal government’s efforts for new media policy

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Prime Minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli expressed concern over Nepal government’s efforts for the new media policy. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged government of Nepal to ensure press freedom, a broader media policy and transform state-owned […]


Pakistan Press Foundation expresses concern on blogging platform Medium’s blocking

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Pakistan Press Foundation PPF in a letter to Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak expressed concern on blogging platform Medium’s blocking apparently in an effort to censor Sarawak Report, an investigative news outlet critical of the government. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to Prime Minister urged Malaysian government to take remedial […]


Civil society calls for investigation into surveillance of Romanian journalist Cătălin Tolontan

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TO: His excellency, Klaus Johannis, President of Romania CC: Mr. Petre Tobă, Minister of Internal Affairs Mr. Eduard Helvig, Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service Dear President Johannis, The undersigned members of IFEX, the global network promoting and defending freedom of expression worldwide, express their profound concern over the surveillance operations recently conducted by unknown […]


Past in Perspective

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”Journalists are bigger terrorists than terrorists themselves.” –Asif Ali Zardari’s frustration on Pakistani media during an address to businessmen from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad 2009. Asif Ali Zardari was addressing members of the delegation of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), during which he commented on the role of journalists in Pakistan. The president […]


Press freedom?

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Pemra has reportedly banned media coverage of proscribed organisations, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF). According to a circular issued by the media watchdog, the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior, under [the] National Action Plan (NAP) have banned all kind of coverage of banned JuD, LeT and […]