PBC constitutes ‘Journalists Defence Committee’

PBC constitutes ‘Journalists Defence Committee’ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has constituted “Journalists Defence Committee” for providing free legal assistance and services to journalists and/or their elected bodies in the courts of law. In a press statement, issued by PBC general secretary on Tuesday, in view of the prevailing policies of the government undermining the freedom of expression through […]

No press freedom

No press freedomTHE situation is bad enough if the press and citizens of a country are denied freedom of expression. It is at its worst if there is a system in place to ensure they are deprived of this right. Pakistan is passing through such a phase, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. The union’s […]

SC extends Umer Sheikh’s detention in Pearl’s murder

SC extends Umer Sheikh’s detention in Pearl’s murderISLAMABAD – Accepting the appeals of Sindh government and Daniel Pearl’s parents, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued notices to the respondents and extended detention of Umer Sheikh, who had allegedly beheaded the reporter of The Wall Street Journal. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Mushir Alam conducted hearing of the […]

PFUJ concerned over fictitious cases against 49 journalists

PFUJ concerned over fictitious cases against 49 journalistsISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has shown serious concern and expressed anger over fictitious, fabricated and concocted cases against 49 journalists and social media activists on frivolous charges under Pakistan Electronic Crime Act (PECA) by FIA. In a joint statement President PFUJ Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary General Nasir Zaidi while criticising continued arm […]

IHC seeks report about police’s manhandling of journalist

IHC seeks report about police’s manhandling of journalistISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Wednesday took notice of an incident of alleged manhandling a court reporter by the police and sought a report from the IGP. Justice Minallah directed the IHC registrar to submit a report into the incident and issued directions to facilitate journalists, assigned to cover hearings […]

APC condemns censorship, gags on media

APC condemns censorship, gags on mediaISLAMABAD: The main opposition leaders – Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as well as the opposition parties’ APC declaration Sunday condemned curbs on the media. Reading out the allparties conference (APC) declaration, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the meeting condemned unprecedented gags on the media and censorship. He also […]