Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship

Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorshipPakistani journalists, who have taken on military leaders and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services. Journalists and press freedom advocates say the military and the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence […]

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 […]

Voice of America protests Pakistan move to block its content

Voice of America protests Pakistan move to block its contentUS public radio Voice of America (VOA) on Thursday called for Pakistan to lift a block on two of its websites, in Urdu and Pashto, as concerns grow over freedom of speech in the country. “In the interest of press freedom, VOA calls upon those responsible for blocking our content to immediately remove these constraints,” said Amanda Bennett, the director of VOA, in a […]

Journalists in tribal districts continue to face threats

Journalists in tribal districts continue to face threatsPESHAWAR: The hall echoed with applause of anxious parents while distinguished students were getting photographed on the stage with the chief guest giving away prizes. Students with distinguished positions would wave their hands to the parents from the stage and get appreciation in thundering applause. Then a girl’s name is announced, a woman at back row […]

APNS terms ad policy draft against freedom of expression

APNS terms ad policy draft against freedom of expressionISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) termed the draft of advertisement policy of the government as against the freedom of expression and tantamount to controlling and limiting the media freedom by killing small news outlets financially. It also said the new draft is aimed at subduing the freedom of expression to the government through […]

SHC restrains TV channel from defaming Bahria Town

SHC restrains TV channel from defaming Bahria TownThe Sindh High Court has restrained Channel 92 and its anchorperson from airing any defamatory programmes and false statements against Bahria Town Chief Executive Officer Malik Riaz, summoning them on November 8, 2018, The Express Tribune has learnt. The Bahria Town CEO and others filed a Suit No 1967 in the SHC against the channel and its […]