Govt believes in freedom of expression: Firdous

Govt believes in freedom of expression: FirdousISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting DrFirdousAshiqAwan said on Monday that the government believes in freedom of expression. Talking to the media organisations’ owners and journalists here, who called on her, she said the government would continue to provide facilities for responsible journalism. She further said that settlement of the […]

PM Imran Khan says free media must for democracy

PM Imran Khan says free media must for democracyISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that independent media is necessary for democracy. He said that the independent media has a crucial role in democracy, as it worked as a watchdog and if he was sincere, he would take action against a minister, pointed out to be involved in corrupt practices. He said […]

Sehwan court acquits journalist

Sehwan court acquits journalistKARACHI: Another journalist proved was exonerated by court in a case registered under Anti-Terrorism Act (7-ATA) against him and his relatives. The Sehwan’s Court acquitted senior journalist and former president of Sehwan Press Club Yasin Rind and his relatives in a case registered against them under Anti-Terrorism Act (7-ATA) by Sehwan Police on August 7, […]

IHC issues notices to ministry, Pemra on petition over Geo’s cable placement

IHC issues notices to ministry, Pemra on petition over Geo’s cable placementISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued notices to the ministry of information and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Wednesday in petitions filed against a move by cable operators to either remove Geo TV from their lists of channels or to relegate it. Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who heard identical petitions filed by Pakistan […]

PBA complains to govt on Rs1 bn unfair tax relief to ARY

PBA complains to govt on Rs1 bn unfair tax relief to ARYISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has written a letter to the government hinting at possible favoritism to the ARY in Rs1 billion fraud case that the government had caught in 2013. The illegal exemption certificate on airtime/content claimed by the FBR worth multimillion rupees has opened up a new Pandora’s box prompting the PBA […]

Freedom of media

Freedom of mediaIt is a matter of shame that even after 73 years of independence our governments have not realized and understood the importance of freedom of expression. We have had a long history of demonstrations and movements against the highhandedness of the various governments that tried to suppress the media – both electronic and print. Today […]

Pakistan court: Free speech under threat in country

Pakistan court: Free speech under threat in countryIslamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has made it clear that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan and, the courts being custodians of the constitution, would not allow curbs on freedom of expression in forms of banning any media house or TV channel. IHC Chief Justice Athar […]

SHC directs PID chief to appear in person over Dawn petition on 24th

SHC directs PID chief to appear in person over Dawn petition on 24thKARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed the director general of the Press Information Department (PID) to appear in person on March 24 over a petition filed by the Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt) Limited (PHPL) against withholding of advertisements by the federal government from daily Dawn. The petition, filed by Advocate Muneer A. Malik […]