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Resolve journalists’ issues within 3 months, PFUJ tells govt

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The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) on Friday gave the government a three-month deadline to resolve the ongoing media crisis which has severely compromised the independence of media in the country.

Touring students, hotel management booked for obscenity over ‘rave’ in Swat

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Social media users are baffled over what Malam Jabba police saw was 'immoral' about students dancing during a harvest festival event at a hotel in Swat. SHO Javed Iqbal, who was the complainant in the case registered against the hotel owner and some 30 to 40 partygoers, stated that the police lodged the case when the video of the event went viral a month later.

3 sentenced to death for sharing ‘blasphemous’ content on social media

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January 9th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Friday sentenced three to death for sharing blasphemous content on social media while a fourth accused was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

IHC hears petition seeking ban on Netflix

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January 6th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; In a petition filed before the IHC petitioner, Tariq Asad asserts that if Netflix fails to remove the 'sacrilegious' movie the website should be banned in the country altogether- much like the Youtube Ban of 2012.

‘Enough Is Enough!’: journalists hold nationwide demos

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January 6th, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has staged demonstrations across the country as part of its #EnoughIsEnough campaign this year to protect press freedom and the financial security of media personnel.

Pakistan among five most deadliest countries for journalists in 2020: RSF

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50 journalists worldwide attacked and killed during 2020; Pakistan among top 5 worst countries.

A silenced Meesha Battles Cases Amid Vilification Drive

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December 23rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Apart from the legal challenges, Meesha Shafi faced a targeted vilification campaign on social media, primarily to discredit her harassment claims, say women rights activists.

IHC asks PTA to consult stakeholders over social media rules

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December 19th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's (PTA) to hold a meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders over the newly-introduced social media rules in the country.

‘Meesha maligned in FIA challan’: lawyers

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Meesha's legal team has reacted to the reporting by FIA that she was held ‘guilty’ saying it is for the court to decide whether she is guilty or not.

Noted columnist Irfan Husain passes away in England

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December 16th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Friends and admirers pay tribute to noted columnist Irfan Hussain who passed away in England on Wednesday.

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Was there a lone survivor in the Machh incident?

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APS ATTACK: 6 years on, parents still await justice

“They are gone and can't come back," says one of the parents. "But we will strive till the end of our days to see that they get justice." Most of the parents of the children martyred during APS massacre have not reached any closure even after the passage of six years. The only times where they have an opportunity for empathy, is when they all collect to remember their lost children. It is only them who can understand the depth of the grief that consumes them.