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 …

Media boycotts Punjab Assembly proceedings

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly Press Gallery boycotted the assembly proceedings against the attack on media persons by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers. The PTI severely injured peaceful media persons, including a cameraman, busy in covering their protest camp on The Mall in hot and humid weather. The proceedings were boycotted at a time when the opposition …

Pakistan: Case registered against journalists

On the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan, police registered a case on August 26, 2013 under the Anti-Terrorist Act of 1997 of the constitution against Salman Iqbal, the chief executive of leading television channel ARY News, Owais Tohid, Executive Director, Shahid Hameed Rind, Quetta bureau chief and Sabir Shakir, Islamabad bureau chief of the …