2018: A year of media suppression and rights abuses in Pakistan

2018: A year of media suppression and rights abuses in Pakistan“Sneaky”, “sinister” and “Orwellian” are just some of the words Pakistani journalists and human rights defenders used to describe the censorship and growing clampdown on dissent, mainstream and social media in their country over the past year. Although previous Pakistani governments also put pressure on civil society and the media, this year, many Pakistanis working in these […]

Daily News memories

Daily News memoriesTHOSE involved like me in its launching in 1962 must feel sad over the closure of Daily News, Karachi’s last English language evening paper. The battery of journalists working for the paper at its launch ranged from seasoned newsmen to juniors and apprentice, but at least one of them would rise to become an icon […]

Outstanding dues of newspapers: Journalists’ participation in protest rally hailed

Outstanding dues of newspapers: Journalists’ participation in protest rally hailedKARACHI: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) hosted a reception for the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Karachi Press Club and Karachi Union of Journalists to express its gratitude and hail their enthusiastic participation in its recent protest rally in front of the Sindh Assembly building in Karachi against payment of outstanding dues […]

251 journalists imprisoned for 3rd consecutive year: CPJ

251 journalists imprisoned for 3rd consecutive year: CPJISLAMABAD: For the third consecutive year at least 251 journalists are behind bars for their work, as authoritarian regimes increasingly use imprisonment to silence dissent, the Committee to Protect Journalists found. As of December 1, 2018, CPJ found 251 journalists are in jail for their work. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than […]

Veteran Hussain Naqi warns against gagging press, public voice

Veteran Hussain Naqi warns against gagging press, public voiceVeteran journalist and human rights activist – Hussain Naqi on Monday warned that gagging of press would rather hurt the country’s integrity. “The 1971-like situation may strike the society if the public voice is suppressed,” veteran Naqi said, speaking at a function held in his honour by Karachi Press Club. Trade unionists, labour leaders, journalists […]