Nationwide outcry against attack on Express Media

PESHAWAR / SUKKUR / ISLAMABAD / LAHORE / KARACHI: Journalists’ bodies called upon the International Committee of Journalists (ICJ) on Saturday to raise a voice in the United Nations for the protection of Pakistani media representatives, as the government has failed to ensure their security. The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the Karachi Union …

Reporting under threat

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If there is a bomb blast, there will be two kinds of people running towards the bombsite rather than away from it: the police and the media. Both have lost their lives due to the nature of their jobs. While the Pakistani police are still unsung and uncared for, the dangers to the Pakistani media …

Cabinet to take up Right to Information Bill in next meeting: secretary

ISLAMABAD: The Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Secretary, Dr Nazir Saeed, said on Thursday that the Right to Information Bill would figure in next cabinet meeting for consideration. He shared this information during the deliberations of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting here at the PTV Headquarters. The secretary said there was no …

Prevention of Cyber Crime Act being drafted

The draft of ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act of Pakistan 2014’ is being prepared for presentation in the Parliament. Although this draft law contains welcoming procedural safeguards, quite a number of provisions violate international standards on freedom of expression. Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan and International Organization working on freedom of expression, Article 19, have expressed …

Who cares for internet freedom?

By: Syed Mohammad Ali Given the exponential relevance of the internet in the dissemination of information over the past two decades, the need for internet freedom is justifiably being described as a right of freedom to information. Low literacy rates, economic disparities and poor infrastructure are commonly blamed for expansion of the internet in developing …

Did you know? : Ragini MMS 2 gets selectively banned in Pakistan

Speaking of Ra(a)g(i)ni, how can we overlook the eyebrow raising (though much less intellectually stimulating) film Ragini MMS 2, a self-proclaimed ‘horrex’ that has created a stir due to its questionable content. The horror film has been banned in the province of Punjab. Talking to The Express Tribune, Usman Peerzada, Deputy Chairman of the Punjab …