UN Action Plan may be last chance to end impunity against journalists

By: Iqbal Khattak ISLAMABAD: In little over two months this year, five confirmed journalists were killed in line of their duty – one in North Waziristan and four in Balochistan. Pakistan has been ranked the “most dangerous country” for journalists in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The impunity on crimes against journalists made the situation so …

Freedom of speech & sovereignty

AS a spokesperson for the US State Department, Victoria Nuland has every right to speak on behalf of the US government and suggest that there are better and more cost-effective ways than implementing Pakistan-Iran pipeline project to meet Pakistan’s energy needs. However, since Pakistan is a sovereign and independent country and also a UN member, …

Journalist’s murder condemned

PESHAWAR/SWABI: Journalists in Peshawar held a protest demonstration against the murder of Qalat Press Club president Mehmood Afridi and demanded of the government to arrest the accused involved in the case. While speaking on the occasion office-bearers of Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ), Peshawar Press Club (PPC) and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) condemned …

Media freedom part of Pakistan People’s Party manifesto: Kaira

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DINGA: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said that the PPP would seek people’s votes on the basis of its manifesto. Speaking after administering oath to the newly elected office-bearers of Media Council here, Kaira said the PPP-led government had launched several development projects in the country which were the …