Bajaur journalists receive threats from militants

journalists

BAJAUR AGENCY –  Frequent threats to media persons from militants groups have triggered fear and panic among the journalist community in Bajaur Agency. A number of journalists in Bajaur Agency, working with different national and international media organisations have said that they have received threats from different banned militant groups living in Afghanistan over their …

Censorship Committee on Defence Planning revived

censored

By Ansar Abbasi ISLAMABAD: The Censorship Committee on Defence Planning (CCDP) has been revived by the government after 18 years to protect the “national interest” being threatened, particularly by the unregulated and unchecked electronic media of the country. Sources said that the CCDP, which met on Dec 16, 2015, after a long gap of 18 …

‘Protection of journalists’ rights a distant dream’

Journalists right

Karachi: “Considered one of the frontline defenders of human rights, protection of media personnel’s rights was, however, still a distant dream in Pakistan,” observed Solidarity Centre country programme manager Immad Ashraf on Wednesday. He was speaking at a day-long paralegal workshop titled ‘Communicating rights at work’, organised by IRADA – a not for profit organisation …

No equipment to block illegal radio stations

Radio illegal

By Qamar Zaman ISLAMABAD: The radio frequency authorities have admitted not developing any mechanism to block illegal use of airwaves despite a large number of violations over the years. The unauthorised use of the radio spectrum, according to the Telecommunication (Reorganisation) Act of 1996, is an offence that may be punishable with imprisonment up to …

No country for journalists

Impunity

Pakistan continues to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, an uncomfortable truth highlighted by yet another murder of a mediaperson on November 22. Television journalist Hafeezur Rehman was shot dead by unidentified people in Kohat, only weeks after a fellow professional, Zaman Mehsud, was ambushed in a similarly ghastly …