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Rights Watch | 27th January 2021
Bacha Khan University in Charsadda imposes strict dress code, directing female students and staff to wear abayas and barring them from wearing makeup, jewellery and trousers. Police arrest three and lodge case against seven for the murder of an abandoned newborn girl in a hospital in Dijkot. PTA blocks 452 out of 778 links containing content from banned blasphemous Netflix movie.
PFUJ, PBC slam PEMRA over Bol News’ suspension
January 23rd, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the Pakistan Bar Council have slammed the Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA) over suspension of Bol News broadcast, calling it an attack on freedom of expression.
PFUJ denounces Media Owners-Government Collusion
January 20th, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; After three days of intensive discussions, the executive committee of the PFUJ has released a document outlining the hardships being faced by media workers in the country. The body has threatened the government with a protest campaign if it does not address these hardships.
Resolve journalists’ issues within 3 months, PFUJ tells govt
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.
Pakistan, India declared among 5 countries dangerous for journalists
In 2020, six journalists have been killed in Pakistan as IFJ placed the country among the five ‘Most Dangerous Countries for Practice of Journalism in the World’ in its ‘White Paper on Global Journalism’.
Police arrest DJ Butt, manhandle reporters
December 9th, 2020; By Ahmed Saeed and Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; DJ Butt on Wednesday was arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm as Model Town police manhandle Voicepk.net reporters in the police station for covering the arrest.
Ishaq Dar interview: PEMRA issues notices to channels after uproar
December 3rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Following criticism from journalists and PFUJ, PEMRA has issued show-cause notices to news channels for broadcasting excerpts of former federal minister Ishaq Dar’s interview despite a ban on broadcasting speeches of proclaimed offenders.
Govt held no consultation on Journalists Protection Bill: PFUJ
November 12th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz has recently announced that the Journalists Protection Bill 2020 will be submitted in parliament for approval soon but the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists says journalists were not consulted on the proposed law.
Supreme Court grants bail to Mir Shakil in land case
SC has granted bail to Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman after him spending eight months in detention in a case of property purchase over 30 years ago.
31 papers delisted in KP: journalists say action against dummy outlets
November 3rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Department has removed 31 provincial, regional, and local newspapers from the media list for not fulfilling the criteria under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Advertisement Policy 2018. However, journalists' representatives said the delisted newspapers were mostly dummy publications with no journalistic staff employed whatsoever.