Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) believes in freedom of expression but…: State interests protection top priority for all, says Fawad

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) believes in freedom of expression but…: State interests protection top priority for all, says FawadISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Saturday said in categorical terms that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, had full faith in the fundamental, democratic and constitutional right to freedom of expression, but insisted that protection of the state interests was top priority for all. He […]

Cabinet approves journalist protection bills

Cabinet approves journalist protection billsISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved two long-awaited bills for protection of journalists and media professionals and criminalising forced disappearances in the country. Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari confirmed the approval. “Today, the (federal) cabinet approved the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill and the Forced or Involuntary Disappearance (Criminal Law […]

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) notices to journalists worst example of censorship: Islamabad High Court (IHC)

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) notices to journalists worst example of censorship: Islamabad High Court (IHC)ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday served notices on Attorney General for Pakistan and other senior lawyers for assistance in case regarding powers of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under anticyber crime Act. The court questioned whether section 20 of cyber crime act was contradicting the Articles 14, 19 and 19A of the Constitution. […]

Cabinet okays bills about journalists’ protection, forced disappearances

Cabinet okays bills about journalists’ protection, forced disappearancesISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved two crucial bills for the protection of journalists and media workers and making the forced disappearances in the country a criminal offence. “Today, the (federal) cabinet approved the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill and the Forced or Involuntary Disappearance (Criminal Law Amendment) Bill,” said federal Minister for […]

Joint efforts for freedom of press stressed

Joint efforts for freedom of press stressedLAHORE: Speakers at a national webinar on press freedom have called upon the need to create unity among journalist organisations to fight war against unnecessary restrictions on media observing that media freedom in Pakistan is associated with independence of democracy and judiciary. Punjab University School of Communication Studies (SCS) organised the webinar which was attended […]

A New Year’s night murder

A New Year’s night murderIt was a little past midnight on Jan 1, 2014. In the town of Badah, Larkana district, journalist Shan Dahar was standing outside a small medical store located in a narrow lane. He had been working on an investigative story about free medicines supplied by an NGO for poor patients being illegally sold to local […]