Taliban threaten attacks on media outlets

Taliban threaten attacks on media outletsKARACHI: The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility on Saturday for a deadly attack on a private television channel in Karachi and threatened further violence against media outlets. A spokesman said in a statement that militants had attacked a TV channel van on Friday night, killing three employees, because the station had acted as a “propagandist”. “We […]

Impunity poses a major threat to freedom of press in Pakistan

KARACHI: Chairman of Pakistan Press International and Secretary General of the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), Owais Aslam Ali said that the perpetrators of violence against journalists and media workers enjoy almost absolute impunity in Pakistan, which is seriously hampering press freedom in the country. This he said while answering to various questions asked by Ifex …

The price of a misleading headline

By: Mazhar Abbas “Balach ko apni zameen bhi nahi mili” was the misleading headline ‘given’ to an article written by senior columnist Abdus Salam, alias Dr Chishti Mujahid, printed in the country’s leading Urdu weekly, Akhbar-e-Jehan, at the death of Baloch nationalist leader Mir Balach Marri. This headline eventually resulted in the murder of Dr …

Media freedom part of Pakistan People’s Party manifesto: Kaira

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DINGA: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said that the PPP would seek people’s votes on the basis of its manifesto. Speaking after administering oath to the newly elected office-bearers of Media Council here, Kaira said the PPP-led government had launched several development projects in the country which were the …