Three female media workers killed in Afghanistan

JALALABAD: Three female media workers were shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad amid a wave of killings that is spreading fear among professional workers. Zalmai Latifi, head of local broadcaster Enikas TV, said the three women were

Facebook blocks news content in Australia

SYDNEY: Australia slammed Facebook’s decision to impose a news blackout over a law that would force it to pay for content, warning the ban showed the immense power of internet giants. Facebook and other tech firms have pushed back hard

ECC approves Rs140mn to clear dues for COVID-19 media campaigns

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet has approved funds to clear the due on media campaigns initiated to create awareness among the public during COVID-19 pandemic. The committee meeting chaired by Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez

Indian media campaigns

Psyched by TV anchor Arnab Goswami’s disclosures about Modi’s sinister designs on Pakistan, Indian media too has begun behaving like “his master’s voice”, if correctly called, and is now suffering from an Islamabad phobia and showing scant respect for journalistic

Protection of journalists

Pakistani media was faced with different challenges both in terms of content and coverage as well as in the nature of the steps to restrict press freedom and the free flow of information in 2020. The year 2020 presented the

Indian media hate speech

India is being exposed for its smear campaign and propaganda against Pakistan. The Indian media has been hand in glove with the racist BJP regime in its hate campaign against Pakistan. The EU DisinfoLab had uncovered a massive network of

Indian fake news media

It is the foremost principle of journalism to always seek the truth and report the facts. A journalist should always strive for accuracy, give all the relevant facts, and ensure they have checked. Nowadays the Indian media has stooped to

Indian media reports fake ‘civil war’ in Karachi

KARACHI: The Indian media went berserk by propagating fake news about a “civil war” like situation in Karachi leading to a hilarious response from the social media users in Pakistan. The arrest of PML-N leader Captain (retd) Safdar on charges

Stifling press freedom

Despite huge strides, press freedom has been on a decline in Pakistan in recent years. We are still regarded as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for a journalist due to various incidents of violence, threats and

Kashmir Lives Matter

In 2015, a harrowing picture was released of a Syrian toddler lying face down on a beach in Turkey. The world’s conscience was shaken over the body of two-year-old Ayan Kurdi becoming a symbol of the refugee crisis. Another shocking

New media licenses to provide $3 billion investment

ISLAMABAD: New licenses issued by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) would inject investment of approximately $2-$3 billion, said Economic Survey 2019-2020 released on Thursday. The growth of the media industry has multiplied rapidly during the last decade, with a

Local newspapers need support

Regional and local newspapers play a vital role for any government but none has benefited more than the incumbent PTI government. Let’s not go further but even during the 2018 general elections, when many media channels had boycotted the PTI,

PM appeals to stay at home during coronavirus pandemic

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday released a message and appealed people to stay home as much as possible during coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on Twitter, the prime minister said more people show self-discipline, the easier it will

PM urges media to provide authentic information on COVID-19 crisis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged media to play its due role in providing authentic information and counter negative propaganda by some elements under the prevailing situation of the coronavirus pandemic. Presiding over a high-level meeting, the prime minister

Withering freedom of expression

The freedom of speech and expression is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution, but recent actions of the government are tightly squeezing our freedom. After successfully controlling the broadcast media and purging all forms of dissent, the government has

Social media sites to made responsible for negative information: UK

LONDON: Britain said it would make social networking websites including  Facebook, Twitter and Snap responsible for monitoring or deleting offensive posts from their pages. Speaking to the media ministers of the U.K government said, “Responsibility will be placed to ensure

Disney drops ‘Fox’ name from 20th Century film studios

LOS ANGELES: Disney will rename 20th Century Fox to distance its legendary film studio from the assets of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch right-wing media channel, US media reported. The entertainment conglomerate last year acquired most of the assets of 21st

Boot antics

Talk shows have always been controversial for their theatrics, but PTI leader Faisal Vawda went a step further when he brought a military boot to a show and placed in on the table during a live TV programme. The federal

British royals and media intrusion

Britain’s royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the shocking decision to step back from their roles as members of the royal family and seek financial independence. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hope to be financially independent

Journalists’ killings decline

The number of journalists killed in the line of duty fell in 2019 to the lowest levels in seventeen years according to a report by the Citizens to Project Journalists.  The drop in murders comes amid unprecedented global attention on

Media coverage ban

The presumption of innocence is the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty. This golden thread ensures a suspect has the right to a fair trial. Thus the recent decision of the government to ban the coverage of

India must allow media to observe IoK’s situation: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal has said that the international media should be allowed by India to visit occupied Kashmir to observe the situation in the valley. During a briefing, Mohammad Faisal urged India to immediately restore internet and

IHC stresses on code of conduct for media in anchorperson contempt case

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court highlighted the need to devise a code of conduct for media during the hearing of a contempt of court case. Senior news anchors, Chairman PEMRA and representatives of Pakistan Broadcasting Authority (PBA) were present in the

PEMRA chairman submits unconditional apology in IHC

ISLAMABAD:  Chairman PEMRA Mirza Saleem Baig submitted his unconditional apology in the Islamabad High Court in connection with a contempt of court case. The high court resumed the hearing of the contempt notice issued to the PEMRA chairman for using the

DG ISPR dismisses speculations of amendment to Army Act

RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday dismissed speculation regarding an amendment to the Pakistan Army Act in relation to the International Court of Justice’s ruling on convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav earlier this

Facebook launches new company logo, corporate branding

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday unveiled a new logo for the company to distinguish it from its apps. The social media company said it would start using the new brand within its products and marketing materials, and would update the

Pakistan rejects baseless Indian media reports about Kartarpur

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Monday completely rejected baseless reports which appeared in a section of the Indian media and were attributed to “intelligence sources” stating they ought to be treated with the contempt. The reports in question had insinuated

Stifling TV anchors’ opinions

PEMRA’s latest directive to bar TV anchors from offering their opinions during talk shows is just another move to impose curbs on the media and against freedom of expression. This will give impetus to concerns about rising state-sponsored censorship. Many

FO rejects Indian reports about ‘so-called launchpads’ along LoC

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Sunday categorically rejected Indian media reports about so-called “launchpads” being targeted by India along the Line of Control. Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Faisal summoned the Indian Chargé d’affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations

Meghan Markle admits struggle under media spotlight

LONDON: Meghan Markle has admitted becoming a mother while living under an intense media spotlight has been a “struggle”. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to son Archie in May after marrying Prince Harry last year. Britain’s aggressive press at