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Journalist decides not to write

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After hours of deliberating over a move that could cost him his reputation, job or life, a journalist in Pakistan decided not to write an article because of concerns that he might offend someone. “It wasn’t an easy decision,” a source privy to the development told this scribe. “But after several hours of heated conversations […]

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Sindh bans cell phones on campus as parents worry about kids’ security


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Karachi: As a majority of schools across the province reopened after a winter vacation period extended for the most tragic of reasons, student attendance at private and public institutes on Monday was said to be encouragingly high. However, apprehensions still reign over parents’ minds as grave threats persist, and it was to this end that […]

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The chasm between ‘free’ and ‘hate’ speech

KARACHI: In the wake of the recent scourge of terrorism in Paris, which left 12 people dead, including the editor and prominent cartoonists of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, netizens have harked back to the debate of what constitutes ‘free’ and ‘hate’ speech. Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi is among those who took to Facebook to […]

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First phase to begin on January 12

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HYDERABAD: The first phase of biometric registration of subscriber identity modules (SIMs) is expected to start from January 12 under which people having more than three SIMs registered against their national identity card will be asked to provide their biometric record by the end of February. “The process will begin immediately after the federal government […]

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Killings go down, encounters on the rise in 2014, says HRCP report

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KARACHI: The ongoing targeted operation might have been able to reduce the crime rate on the streets of Karachi in 2014 but it seems to have quadrupled the number of people killed in alleged encounters with the city’s law enforcement agencies. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s (HRCP) annual report for 2014, around […]

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Last-gasp bid to save teenage convict

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KARACHI: A human rights law firm filed a petition on Tuesday in the Sindh High Court (SHC) challenging the black warrants for death row prisoner Shafqat Hussain, who is facing execution on January 14. In 2004, an anti-terrorism court sentenced Shafqat to death while he was just 14 years old. The NGO, Justice Project Pakistan […]

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Media’s role in war against terrorism

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In wars, the first casualty is always said to be the truth. And the consequence of this has always been found to be horrendous for the people who get caught in the cross-fire. The Middle East is still paying a heavy price in life and property for the 2002 ‘discovery’ of the non-existent weapons of […]

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Rights activists commemorating Taseer’s death attacked

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LAHORE: A group of 10 baton-wielding men attacked a gathering of civil society members who were commemorating Salmaan Taseer’s death anniversary at the Liberty Roundabout on Sunday evening. They snatched and tore up pictures of Taseer and placards the activists were carrying. The men also beat up participants of the vigil. News of the attack […]

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President Mamnoon Hussain has urged media to play a responsible, objective and effective role by promoting sublime human values of tolerance, affection and brotherhood, for progress and prosperity of the country. Addressing National Seerat Conference, the president said, “Our religion teaches complete obedience to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and gives us basic guidelines to follow […]

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Pakistani Police Detain Militant in VOA Journalist’s Killing

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Police in northwestern Pakistan say they have detained a key militant commander who is accused in the 2012 killing of a reporter for Voice of America’s Deewa Radio. Deputy Inspector General of the Mardan region, Mohammad Saeed Wazir, told VOA Deewa Radio that police arrested Pakistani Taliban commander Irfan Khurasani and two of his associates […]

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Coverage of militancy

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TO read through the 46 recommendations issued by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage after its meeting on Wednesday is to run the gamut between good intentions and the deeply dangerous. Opening with “the press shall not lend itself to the projection of crime terrorism as heroic and the criminals, […]

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Negative role of media

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Sir: The terror attack at Peshawar resulted in unity between two major political entities: Imran Khan and Mian Nawaz Sharif. Imran Khan had taken an extreme position against the government, and it had been a difficult decision to call off his protest abruptly for the sake of national harmony and to fight terrorism. I must […]

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PTA failed to block unregistered SIMs despite court orders

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PESHAWAR: The use of three illegal SIMs in the terrorist attack on the Army Public School and College proved that despite the Peshawar High Court orders the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has failed to block such unregistered devices in the country. As per the police investigation, three SIMs used in the attack on the Army […]

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Black out coverage of terrorists, NA body tells media

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ISLAMABAD: “Just as the story of a banned group claiming a bomb blast was aired, I was approached by security personnel and scrutinised thoroughly,” Jehangir Baloch, a correspondent working in Turbat, Balochistan, recounts. “After examining my phone records, family history and other details, I was able to assure security personnel that I would not be […]

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