Media and the inept Balochistan government

By: Ejaz Haider The cabinet-less Balochistan government, as effective as a blindfolded man walking down a busy highway, decided this week to lodge a First Information Report against a private TV channel for airing a video of how the self-styled Balochistan Liberation Army goons destroyed the Quaid’s Residency in Ziarat. But this isn’t all. The …

Muzzling journalism: FIR against news network

THE chief minister of Balochistan has apologised, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has sought an explanation and scores have protested. Yet, the fact remains that the FIR was filed on the basis of reasoning that bodes ill for not just media freedoms but also citizens’ right to information. The burning down of the Ziarat Residency was …

UNESCO chief slams murder of Pakistani journalist

UNITED NATIONS: The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom Monday condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Haji Abdul Razzak as well as the deaths of there journalists in Egypt and one in Guatemala, calling for a thorough investigation into these incidents. Mr Razzak, 35, was a reporter for the Urdu-language …

Ejaz, other activists booked

Journalism safety

LAHORE: Civil Lines police registered a case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Punjab president Ejaz Chauhdry and several unidentified activists for allegedly beating newsmen during party’s protest against rigging in the by-election and police highhandedness on The Mall on Monday. According to a police officer, sections 506, 148, 149, 427 and 382 of the Pakistan Penal Code …