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IFEX urges Pakistan to provide updated information on journalists killing to UNESCO

KARACHI: International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) Executive Director Annie Game has urged Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to respond to UNESCO Director-General’s 2017 request that has sought information on the status of judicial inquiries into the killings of 55 journalists in Pakistan from 2006 to 2016. In a letter, Game also asked the Prime Minister to take measures to

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Journalists in Pakistan Unite to Fight Violence Against Media

Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Media personnel are targeted by militants; religious, ethnic, and separatist groups; intelligence and law enforcement agencies; and even mainstream political parties. The country—a frontline state for almost four decades—suffers from a polarized society and a culture of intolerance. As rule of law is not well established, perpetrators

Pemra takes notice of information minister’s alleged threats against TV anchor

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) took notice on Sunday of a complaint against Information Minister Pervez Rashid for allegedly threatening an anchor of a private TV channel on air. According to a press statement released by the regulatory authority, Dr Shahid Masood filed a complaint against the federal minister for criticising him and allegedly threatening him during a

Pakistani Editors use Whatsapp group to keep journalists safe

Pakistani Editors use Whatsapp group to keep journalists safeAt least 71 media professionals were killed on the job last year, but their stories weren’t always reported. High-profile cases usually do get a lot of media attention, but the vast majority of killings involve local journalists. A

Journalism safety

‘Government urged to take safety measures for protection of journalists’

Pakistan is a signatory to the UN plan of action on the safety of journalists therefore government needs to ensure security and protection of media persons, said participants of national media conference. Pakistan is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists as number of journalists lost their lives during the last few years therefore government as well as media houses

Dawn News engineer injured in Karachi attack

KARACHI: A Dawn News’ digital satellite news gathering (DSNG) van came under armed attack near Essa Nagri on Friday night, which left its engineer injured in a second such assault on media in the city in less than three months. In September, an attack on Geo News van killed its engineer while the driver suffered bullet injuries. Officials were not

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Christian TV office fire caused by arson attack, says owner

By: SAHER BALOCH KARACHI: The owner of a web TV channel, whose office was damaged in a fire that broke out under ‘mysterious’ circumstances on Monday, believed it was an ‘arson attack’ and said on Thursday that he had been receiving threats for “the past six months”. Situated in a congested lane of a predominantly Christian neighbourhood in Akhter Colony’s


No country for journalists

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 manner by gun-toting thugs in