Caretaker Info Minister takes notice of alleged torture, arrest of senior journalist Fayyaz Zafar

Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi has taken notice of the alleged torture and arrest of Fayyaz Zafar, a senior journalist from Swat. Discussing the incident with relevant authorities, he emphasized the importance of conducting an impartial investigation into the incident. He asserted that the...

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Senator Mushtaq condemns journalist’s ‘arrest under MPO’

KARACHI: Senator Mushtaq Ahmed has condemned the arrest of senior journalist Fayyaz Zafar under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). Taking to his X (formerly known as Twitter) handle, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed said Fayyaz Ahmed is the voice of Swat’s people as well as that of...

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Pressing perils: Pakistani journalists navigate challenges reporting on religious minorities

Lahore-based Saleem Iqbal is an advocate for human rights and a freelance journalist. He has been in journalism for the past 25 years, primarily focusing on issues concerning the Christian community. Saleem reveals that in 2011, he reported on a case involving a Christian girl’s...

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FIA asked to submit record of jailed journalist’s tweets

ISLAMABAD: The Special Court of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday directed the prosecution to submit the record related to tweets of journalist Khalid Jamil and adjourned hearing on his bail plea till today (Thursday). Special Judge Central Shahrukh Arjumand resumed hearing on the petition...

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PPF concerned by PEMRA directive barring coverage of proclaimed offenders, including four media persons

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is concerned by a recent directive issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) that has barred coverage of 11 individuals, including four media persons, for being proclaimed offenders/absconders. On August 12, the regulatory body issued a directive prohibiting media coverage...

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PEMRA bans mention of 11 proclaimed offenders including renowned journalists

Veteran journalist Shaheen Sehbai was left bemused by the news that, as a proclaimed offender along with ten others, the media in Pakistan cannot mention his name. PEMRA on Saturday banned the media in Pakistan from naming and covering 11 proclaimed offenders, including journalists Moeed Pirzada...

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PPF welcomes the government’s decision to withdraw PEMRA (Amendment) Bill, 2023 defining disinformation and compelling broadcasters not to air disinformation

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) welcomes the decision of the government to withdraw the  Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023, days after it was passed by the National Assembly.  Amongst the proposed changes in the amendment bill was the inclusion of a definition for...

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Blogger arrested over misleading posts against armed forces

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cybercrime wing has arrested a blogger, Husnain Rafique, over misleading social media posts against the armed forces, ARY News reported on Thursday. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) spokesperson confirmed that the cybercrime wing arrested a blogger namely Husnain Rafique who allegedly ran...

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Journalists Protection Act 2021 implementation problems and possibilities in Securing the Fourth Estate

PESHAWAR: On the fateful evening of January 17, 2012, tragedy struck the journalism community in Pakistan when an unknown gunman opened fire on Mukarram Khan Atif, a 40-year-old senior journalist and correspondent for the US-based Pashto language “Deewa Radio,” as well as a reporter for...

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PPF alarmed by injuries to Geo News cameraperson Samiullah Khan in suicide blast at political party workers’ convention in Bajaur; draw attention to the safety of media professionals on the ground

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by injuries to Geo News cameraperson Samiullah Khan while on duty when a suicide blast at a workers’ convention for the political party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F), killed 54 people and injured 83 others on July 30 in the Bajaur district of the...

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