SHC seeks PTA comment on YouTube ban

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday sought comments from the information technology secretary and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman on a petition challenging a blanket ban on YouTube, a video-sharing website. A division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan was seized with the hearing of the petition jointly filed by as many …

Ansar Abbasi gets more threats, another columnist warned

ISLAMABAD: Amid government’s complete silence and FIA’s failure to track the faceless Internet thug “Khaki Power”, editor investigations of The News, Ansar Abbasi, has received a fresh email warning him “not to cross the red lines”. The “Khaki Power” using the same e-mail address –khaki@safe-mail.net — has also threatened another senior columnist, whom he told …

Threats Against Journalists

It has become a matter of routine for liberal and moderate voices to receive death threats for merely being exactly those two things; liberal and moderate. Many a times, it is not even a question of opinion that certain sections may strongly disagree with or even find abhorrent, but of verifiable facts. An opinion can …

Protecting journalists in Pakistan

By: Mazhar Abbas It was a bloody start to 2014 for the journalists in Pakistan when a Larkana-based correspondent of Ab Tak TV, Shan Daher, was shot dead on the eve of New Year. Since January, six media workers had been killed in targeted attacks while over a dozen have already received ‘death threats’, including …

World Congress opens with calls for more press freedom

CAPE TOWN (South Africa): International Press Institute (IPI), one of the world’s oldest global press freedom organisations, has expressed grave concern over recent threats to Pakistani media persons including senior journalists of The News and has urged the government to ensure protection of free speech in the country. “The recent threats to newsman will have …