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PPF challenges Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act

The Pakistan Press Foundation has challenged the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 as being ‘ultra vires’ to the constitution, especially Article 19, which gives every citizen the right to freedom of speech and expression.

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Counter Terrorism Department of police pick up journalist

Nasrullah Khan Chaudhry, a senior sub-editor of Nai Baatdaily newspaper was picked up Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the police during a raid on his home in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and media centre.

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Armed men forcibly enter the premises of KPC

On November 8, a group of armed men forcibly entered into the premises of Karachi Press Club (KPC) and started making video recordings of different parts of the premises.

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PPF condemns death threats and detention of journalists

PPF has written letters to the head of the states of Uganda, Oman and Tanzania protesting incidents intended at suppressing media organizations and personnel.

In a letter written to Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda, PPF has expressed concern over the death threats to twelve journalists working in the Southern Buganda region and called on the Ugandan authorities to look into this matter and take immediate steps to provide security to the journalists threatened to kill. PPF also urged to hold the perpetrators threatening journalists.

In another letter to Qaboos bin Said al Said, Sultanate of Oman, PPF has expressed concern over the detention of two internet activists in Oman. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has called on the Omani government to immediately and unconditionally release both Sultan Al-Maktoumi and Salem Al-Arimi. PPF also urged to protect freedom of expression on Internet in the country.

PPF also sent a letter to John Magufuli, President of Tanzania and expressed concern over the detention of two staffers of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in Tanzania. PPF has called on the Tanzanian authorities to immediately and independently investigate this matter also urged the Tanzanian government to provide free environment to journalists, who can fulfill their journalistic duties without any fear of reprisal.

Media Ethics

Media must adopt self-imposed ethics to maintain credibility: Fawad

LAHORE – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday said that the credibility of media was fast diminishing and it must adopt self-imposed ethics to maintain the same.

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SC restrains media from airing public comments in sub judice matters

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday issued a verdict wherein the media has been restrained from airing public comments regarding sub judice matters.

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Media and Governance

Govt removes PTV MD after ‘begging’ fiasco

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information removed the acting managing director of state-owned Pakistan Television Network (PTV) on Tuesday in the aftermath of ‘begging’ fiasco.

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Broadcasting

Jang/Geo Group petition: Sorry if my TV show looked like contempt of court: anchor

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday indicted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) MNA-elect from Karachi and former TV anchorperson Aamir Liaquat Hussain for using derogatory language against Jang Group and its journalists after rejecting his unconditional apology. A two-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan and comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah heard the contempt petitions, filed by Independent Media Group, Jang and Geo Group against Aamir Liaquat for using derogatory language against it. The court read out the charge sheet to the contemnor Aamir Liaquat Hussain. However, he pleaded not guilty after which the court asked Deputy Attorney General to submit evidence in the matter on the next date of hearing.

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Print Media

Demolition of newspaper stalls across Karachi condemned

The Markazi Anjuman Akhbar Faroshan has condemned the civic agencies for the demolition of stalls of newspaper hawkers in Karachi as part of their ongoing anti-encroachment campaign under way across the metropolis.

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Human Rights

The minefield that is human rights

The human rights ministry was not given much attention or focus in the past and other ministries poached on its domain with impunity. When the PM made me the minister in charge of this ministry, it was assumed it was a sign of being sidelined from the mainstream, especially in the issue-areas I had spent 40 years specialising in – internal and external security.

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Environmental Journalism

‘CPEC, climate change threaten GB’s natural resources’

GILGIT: Speakers at a consultative workshop here on Monday cautioned that owing to climate change and mega projects being launched under the CPEC the natural resources of Gilgit-Baltistan were under threat.

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Digital Media

SHC tells PTA to help form mechanism to trace cybercrime suspects

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman to take measures to provide assistance to the law enforcement agencies in tracking down culprits in cybercrime cases.

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New Media

Most Pakistanis do not know what the internet is: report

ISLAMABAD: Around 69pc Pakistani users between the ages of 15 and 65 do not know what the internet is, revealed an information communication technology (ICT)-based survey launched last week.

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Information Technology

Cabinet likely to approve ICT talent programme

LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: The cabinet, which is scheduled to meet on Thursday (today), is likely to approve an agreement for the information and communications technology (ICT) talent development programme between Huawei Technology Pakistan and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) as part of a strategy to boost IT-related exports. Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair the meeting of the cabinet.

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Arts and Entertainment

Colourful awards ceremony brings Lok Mela to a close

ISLAMABAD: A massive festival of folk culture with over 600 artisans and craftspeople from all four provinces and two administrative regions of the country came to a glamorous and colourful close Lok Virsa in Shakarparian on Sunday evening with an awards ceremony for the skilled folk artists.

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Sharmeen releases 2nd part from climate change animated series

KARACHI-SOC Films, helmed by the two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, releases the second part from Pakistan’s first Climate Change Animated Series. The second part explores the science being global warming, the rising sea levels and the pollution caused by the products humans consume.

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Governance

Governor vows to play role to get lease rights for KPC

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has said he will play his role so that the Karachi Press Club (KPC) gets due lease rights of the historical building on Sarwar Shaheed Road near Saddar, in which it is housed since the time of its inception in the 1950s.

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