Media not allowed to enter polling stations, allege journalists

Media not allowed to enter polling stations, allege journalistsLAHORE: Journalists and workers of different observatory bodies have alleged that they were refused entry into polling stations to monitor the election process despite having accreditation cards issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). “This is tantamount to curbing freedom of media and put the whole election process into doubt,” Rai Shahnawaz, a reporter of […]

Publications law

Publications lawTHE framing of laws and the ambit of their application is always a delicate balancing act. After the media managed to see off the threat posed by a draft law targeting the press, another, albeit somewhat less worrisome, challenge has come up. It appears that the draft Sindh Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Act, […]

Any bar on media coverage of references hearing to raise doubts

Any bar on media coverage of references hearing to raise doubtsISLAMABAD: Transparency of trial of high profile references against deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and others will be severely marred if Islamabad’s accountability court barred the media from covering it as per its professional calls to inform the public at large about it. Judge Mohammad Bashir did not permit reporters to be present in the […]

ATC indicts four for blasphemy on social media

ATC indicts four for blasphemy on social mediaISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted four out of seven suspects for allegedly publishing blasphemous content about Islam on social media. ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand arraigned the suspects, who pleaded not guilty and decided to stand trial. The suspects were brought to the court amid tight security. Subsequently, the court directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to start […]

Probe ordered into proposed ‘law to control print media’

Probe ordered into proposed ‘law to control print media’The information ministry took punitive action against officials concerned on Monday in connection with a draconian law, relegating two senior officials of its Internal Publicity Wing as officers on special duty (OSD) and suspending another for tarnishing its image. Also on Monday, the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) asserted that the print media fully abides by journalistic ethics. The development […]