Cruel year for the media

Cruel year for the mediaThe year gone by has been a cruel year for the media. In a country where more than 40 TV news channels fight for ratings and a limited advertising pie, the industry finally went into a correction mode. This was also prompted by the government which not only slashed its advertising budget but also re-negotiated […]

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 […]

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 […]

CPJ troubled by report US spied on Al-Jazeera journalist in Pakistan

New York, May 8, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a report that the U.S. National Security Agency carried out intensive surveillance of Al Jazeera’s Islamabad bureau chief, Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan, based on suspicion that he was a member of Al-Qaeda. The Intercept reported today that the NSA’s information supporting its claim …