34-year-old private property deal: Court extends judicial remand of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till 17th

34-year-old private property deal: Court extends judicial remand of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till 17thLAHORE: An accountability court on Thursday extended the judicial remand of Jang-Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till September 17. The authorities concerned produced Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman before Accountability Court Judge Assad Ali. Senior lawyer Amjad Parvez represented Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman during the hearing. The court directed NAB through a short order to return the belongings of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman […]

Matiullah Jan briefs parliamentary panel

Matiullah Jan briefs parliamentary panelISLAMABAD: Prominent journalist Matiullah Jan, who was released hours after he was picked up by unidentified armed men from a busy street in the capital last month, requested a parliamentary panel on Wednesday to constitute a committee comprising members of the Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting from the Senate and the National Assembly to […]

Journalist receiving death threats for investigative report.

Journalist receiving death threats for investigative report.The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have strongly condemned the life threats against investigative journalist Ahmad Noorani “for writing an investigative piece about the business fortunes of close relatives of a retired army officer”. In a joint statement issued on August […]

Journalist among five acquitted in explosives case

Journalist among five acquitted in explosives caseKARACHI: An antiterrorism court has exonerated five accused persons, including a journalist, in a case pertaining to allegedly possessing explosives and arms. Five accused — Syed Matloob Hussain; a journalist working for Urdu-language daily Jang, Syed Mohtashim Haider Shah, Syed Imran Haider Shah, Syed Waqar Raza and Mohammad Abbas — were charged with possessing explosives and […]

TV channel’s licence suspended

TV channel’s licence suspendedISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) suspended the licence of TV channel 24News on Monday after complaints that its Muharram transmission contained hate-based content. The complaints were lodged over portions of a Dua read after Asr prayers. The regulator said it had issued an advisory to all television channels on Aug 20, directing […]

Lawyers, rights groups slam threats hurled at journalist

Lawyers, rights groups slam threats hurled at journalistISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in a joint statement “strongly condemned” death threats hurled at senior journalist Ahmad Noorani for writing an investigative piece about the business fortunes of close relatives of a retired army officer and prime minister’s aide. The statement, issued […]

Upping the ante on censorship

Upping the ante on censorshipA discernibly aggressive form of self-censorship has become a key characteristic of Pakistan’s supposedly ‘free media’ of late. There are no-go areas that have been so well-defined for newsrooms over the past few years that almost all conventional media houses understand the limits to the selection of stories and opinion pieces. This however does not […]

Journalists martyrdom day observed in Quetta

Journalists martyrdom day observed in QuettaQUETTA: The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) on Friday observed the martyrdom day of journalists in remembrance of those journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty during the last 12 years in the province. A meeting was held in the Quetta Press Club to mark the day, which was presided over by […]