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PPF alarmed by PML-N led governments’ push to regulate free expression in digital spaces; wary of misuse to target media professionals

PPF alarmed by PML-N led governments’ push to regulate free expression in digital spaces; wary of misuse to target media professionalsIn the past few weeks, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government at the helm of the federal government and in the Punjab province has demonstrated its lack of regard for the need to protect free expression online, presenting and approving different bills that increase the regulation of free speech online. Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is concerned […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan Orders Better Investigation into Journalist Abductions

Supreme Court of Pakistan Orders Better Investigation into Journalist AbductionsOn May 13, the Supreme Court of Pakistan expressed dissatisfaction with the police investigation into the abduction and harassment cases of three journalists, Matiullah Jan, Asad Toor, and Absar Alam. The court ordered the Islamabad police to appoint “competent officers” to conduct a thorough re-investigation. A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa […]

AJK Protests: Internet and Cellular Services Disrupted, ARY News Journalist Injured

AJK Protests: Internet and Cellular Services Disrupted, ARY News Journalist InjuredProtests over high wheat and electricity prices have caused significant disruption in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) since May 11, leading to the suspension of internet and cellular services in various regions. Amid the turmoil, ARY News journalist Sardar Ayaz was injured while covering the events. Organized by the Awami Joint Action Committee (JAC), the demonstrations demanded lower electricity […]

Journalists Experiencing Assaults, Censorship, and Financial Pressure: journalists’ associations

Journalists Experiencing Assaults, Censorship, and Financial Pressure: journalists’ associationsOn May 3, journalists’ associations in Pakistan expressed concerns over the country’s deteriorating state of media freedom. The Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND) and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) issued statements shedding light on the myriad challenges faced by journalists in Pakistan. AEMEND condemned the increase in attacks on journalists, with many losing […]

New Cyber Crime Agency Established to Tackle Online Crimes and Regulate Social Media

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication announced the establishment of the National Cyber Crime Investigation Agency (NCCIA) in a notification dated April 24. This new body is set to replace the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cybercrime Wing, which has now ceased its cybercrime functions. The announcement followed remarks by Information Minister Attaullah Tarar, who expressed the government’s commitment to “safeguard the […]

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Islamabad High Court (IHC) issues notices in journalists’ legislation case

Islamabad High Court (IHC)  issues notices in journalists’ legislation case

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued notices to respondents in a case regarding legislation for the protection of journalists’ rights. Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the cases filed by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and Islamabad High Court Journalists Association (IHCJA). At the outset of […]

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