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It’s not journalism, it’s just business now, claim journalists

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KARACHI: Newspapers don’t have space for the oppressed who sit outside Karachi Press Club, said Mazhar Arif, the executive director of the Society for Alternative Media and Research. “Media house owners have less space for the oppressed and more space for advertisements.” He added that journalism used to have a cause. Now, he claimed, it […]

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Right to information

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I SEEK a clarification from information czars, the ministry of law and experts on citizens’ right to information. Can a citizen seek information from the Presidency relating to expenses incurred on the President House, his official visits, and the various secretaries and staff deputed for the ceremonies and upkeep of his establishment? All this is […]

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UN Secretary General must recognise the ‘Right to Know’ in his Post-2015 report

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His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary General of the United Nations United Nations Headquarters New York, NY 10017 CC: Amina J. Mohammed, Assistant Secretary General Dear Mr. Secretary General, We write to you as a coalition of civil society organisations committed to sustainable development, to urge you to highlight the importance of the right to information, […]

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KPK govt better than Punjab in access to information

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ISLAMABAD: Despite lagging behind Punjab in many areas, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government is far ahead of Shahbaz Sharif’s Punjab government in the implementation of Right to Information (RTI) Act. The official data and the research conducted by this correspondent indicate that the bureaucracy in KPK seems readier to share information regarding its working to […]

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Reply sought from Pemra over ban on helicam

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court on Monday issued notice to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to submit reply on a petition challenging ban on the use of helicam for media coverage. As the proceedings commenced, Advocate Azhar Siddique argued that the ban on helicam by Pemra authorities is against the Article 19 and 19-A of the […]

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Mob violence

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When mobs gather, there is always the risk of violence – and at the PTI gathering in Islamabad, the media seems to have become a favourite victim. After several incidents in the past – at least two of them involving Geo TV teams – in which reporters or cameramen were manhandled, with a female reporter […]

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Right to info

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AS Pakistan enters another year of independence, we often find ourselves asking the question: Are we really free? What does freedom mean in practice? Is it simply the right to exist as a ‘Pakistani’ citizen? To me, freedom means being entitled to the full spectrum of my human rights, including the right to education and […]

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‘Youth deserve respect, right to information’

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Karachi: A group of around 20 young men and women staged a one-of-a-kind demonstration in front of the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday, catching many an eye due to its unique method of urging parents and guardians to guide them during their formative years. Sitting amidst colourful stuffed toys and holding placards, the youngsters said they […]

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Fate of Right to Information Act hangs in balance

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LAHORE: Six months after the introduction of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act (RTI) 2014, the government has failed to implement the legislation and has not reserved any funds for the purpose in this year’s budget. This has raised questions about the establishment of the Punjab Information Commission (PIC), and the three information […]

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Members, ToRs for media laws review task force finalized

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and Heritage on Monday finalised members’ names and terms of reference (ToRs) for Media Laws Review Task Force which would comprehensively review all existing laws, rules and regulations related to media at the federal, provincial and local levels. It was decided during the 9th meeting of […]

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Worst-ever confrontation with judiciary by cable operators, hidden backers

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ISLAMABAD: After the complete and shocking failure of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to get the transmission of Geo News restored despite the clear and strict judgment of the Supreme Court and inaction of the authority against the cable operators, Geo has written a letter directly to all the cable operators, pressing them […]

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Human Rights Society of Pakistan flays burning of Jang vans

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Society of Pakistan under the leadership of its chairman Senator SM Zafar has condemned the vandalism and burning of Jang newspaper vans en route to their destination. “It amounts to obstructing the right to information and violates our culture, religion and Constitution of Pakistan”. In a statement Tuesday, the HRSP said […]

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Proposals about right to information body hailed

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ISLAMABAD: The Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP) has welcomed the proposals of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting regarding establishment of an independent and autonomous information commission at the federal level and providing legal protection to whistleblowers. A statement issued by CRCP secretary general Mian Abrar Hafeez praised the committee and […]

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Govt accused of violating right to information law

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ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a conference on Saturday accused the government of violating right to information law. The international conference was held at a local hotel to mark World Press Freedom Day. “Mediapersons are not allowed to get information especially from the military establishment,” they maintained. Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Heritage Shahid Khaqan Abbasi […]

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