Journalist receives life threats

Imtiaz Alam, journalist and television anchor of “Express News” received death threats in the night of April 3, 2014 in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province. He is also the editor of quarterly South Asian Journal and secretary general of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA). No one has claimed the responsibility of threats. Alam …

Why Pakistan is so dangerous for journalists

Journalism in Pakistan has always been marked with bloodshed and fraught with risks, but the recent round of violence against journalists appears to be part of a systematic campaign to stem dissent to militant groups. On March 28, prominent columnist and television host Raza Rumi narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Lahore after he left …

NA body wants dedicated hotline for journalists

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Thursday directed the Ministry of Interior and provincial inspectors general to set up a hotline for the journalists facing life threats from terrorists. While noting that the committee had directed in its meeting on February 14 that a hotline be established …

NA committee orders police to present report on Raza Rumi attack within 24 hours

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage ordered the Punjab police to present an investigation report on the attack on analyst and Express News show “Khabar Se Agay” anchor Raza Rumi within 24 hours, Express News reported on Thursday. Issuing notices to Punjab chief secretary, Punjab secretary and the …

TV channels fined Rs35m, NA told

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has so far imposed a total of Rs35 million fine on different private television channels for airing obscene or excessive foreign content and illegal and misleading advertisements since July, 2010. The Pemra charged Rs1 million fine from over 20 television channels during the last over three years. …

National Assembly resolution seeks ban on ‘immoral’ TV programmes

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday to impose a ban on broadcast of “immoral programmes” on private and government-run TV channels. The Lower House of parliament put off lifting the ban on video-sharing website YouTube over treasury’s opposition, which called for making necessary arrangements to block sacrilegious material on the website before …