CPNE, APNS urged to help protect journalists

CPNE, APNS urged to help protect journalistsQUETTA: The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) has urged the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) and the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) to play their role in protecting journalists threatened by militant groups. Speaking to protesting journalists on Saturday, BUJ president Khalil Ahmed and Quetta Press Club president Raza-ur-Rehman condemned the killing in Swabi […]

Is fake news part of press freedom?

Is fake news part of press freedom?ISLAMABAD: The government is under attack and from within. A group of treasury lawmakers has gone haywire. It is fuming with resentment. Awkward questions and unnecessary explanations are source of its frustration. One of them has suffered a heart attack. Others are suffering from acute anxiety. Leakage of a fake letter is at the heart […]

Media capture: not inevitable

Media capture: not inevitableMedia capture is the result not just of technological and market forces, but of political choices made by political and business leaders. It is a complex problem, but not inevitable. Exacerbated by the economic weakness of the traditional news business and the growing concentration of ownership of media industries, media capture has become one of the […]

ATC indicts four for blasphemy on social media

ATC indicts four for blasphemy on social mediaISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted four out of seven suspects for allegedly publishing blasphemous content about Islam on social media. ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand arraigned the suspects, who pleaded not guilty and decided to stand trial. The suspects were brought to the court amid tight security. Subsequently, the court directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to start […]

Govt abandons draft of anti-press law amid uproar

Govt abandons draft of anti-press law amid uproarISLAMABAD: Amid pressure from media and civil society, the government on Monday abandoned the idea of promulgating the Pakistan Print Media Regulatory Authority (PPMRA) Ordinance 2017, ordering strict action against three officers for unilaterally moving ahead with the proposal. The repressive stipulations of the draft law aimed to regulate the print media by making it mandatory for […]

Media under threat

Media under threatSuccessive governments have had an uneasy relationship with the media in all its formats, and as those formats proliferate and gain in power and reach so expands governmental unease. The desire to regulate the media conflicts directly with a growing public awareness of, and hunger for, basic freedoms of speech. Today there are reports that the […]