Freedom of expression
Pakistan: Journalist beaten up allegedly at the behest of a provincial minister
Asad Khan Betini, a journalist based in the town of Zhob in Baluchistan province was beaten up on 7 April in his office by a dozen men, allegedly at the behest of the provincial agriculture minister Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhail. Betini was taken to the hospital in the provincial Quetta where he has been admitted for observation.
Betini is chief editor of monthly magazine, Nawa-e-Qaisa and is correspondent of Aaj television network. He also writes on freelance basis for a number of publications including the weekly The Friday Times.
Case registered against Altaf, newspaper editor
KARACHI – Police Friday registered a case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London chief Altaf Hussain and an editor of the local daily Urdu newspaper for publishing MQM-London chief’s statement in the newspaper.
An FIR No 56/18 under Sections 123 A/34, 11 (w) of the Anti-Terrorism Act was registered on behalf of a citizen, namely Nisar Ali Khan against MQM-L chief Altaf Hussain and an editor of the local daily Urdu newspaper – Daily Aman. In the FIR, the complainant told the police that the local newspaper in its March 3rd publications had published the statement based on hate speech with picture of the Altaf Hussain in the newspaper.
Chief Justice of Pakistan orders arrest journalist’s killers
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) on Saturday directed inspector general of police Punjab to ensure arrest of culprits involved in the murder of a local journalist of Sambrial within four days. Earlier when IGP Arif Nawaz to a court’s query, confirmed that suspects belong to ruling PML-N, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, observed that the police appeared to be under pressure.
The chief justice said he could not express his feelings he had after listening to recording of the last telephone call made by deceased journalist to district council chairman telling about the threat to his life. The IGP told the court that names of suspects had been placed on the exit control list and they would be arrested soon.
Journalists, civil society activists protest, demand restoration of Geo News
LONDON: Hundreds of people, including journalists, members of the civil society, activists, and political workers staged a protest here on the weekend to demand Pakistani authorities to restore Geo News and its associated channels.
The demonstration was held in front of the High Commission of Pakistan, in London, with journalists of Pakistan Press Club UK, International Pakistani Journalists Organization, and Pakistan Journalists Association taking part in the protest.
They were joined by various Pakistani-origin political parties as well, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), National Awami Party, and Awami Workers Party.
Anti-judiciary speeches: Pemra acting as silent spectator, says LHC
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday observed that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had been playing the role of a silent spectator on the issue of anti-judiciary speeches being delivered by certain politicians and showed undue diligence in other matters.
A three-judge full bench made these observations while hearing petitions against alleged anti-judiciary of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and others leaders PML-N.
During the hearing, the bench’s head Justice, Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, repeatedly questioned the Pemra for its failure in exercising its powers to stop tirade against state institution. Earlier, AK Dogar formally filed his power of attorney on behalf of Nawaz and Azam Nazir Tarar appeared before the bench to represent Maryam.
Eighth wage board soon, journalists assured
ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to establish the Eighth Wage Board for journalists and will present a summary to the federal cabinet soon, Marriyum Aurangzeb, the Minister of State for Information, said on Monday.
The minister announced the decision after five hours of negotiations with a delegation of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), led by Afzal Butt.
Arts and entertainment
First Karachi Art Festival celebrated in city
With an objective to bring art into the public domain, the two-day Karachi Art Festival (KAF) concluded on Sunday. The festival provided accessible platforms for art interactivity.
The programme encompassed art discourse attended by art critics, historians, collectors and curators and the general public. Tauqeer Muhajir, editor of Nigaah stressed that by actively encouraging social involvement and developing diverse cultural activities, KAF is not about elitism but inclusion of the general public. He promised that KAF would be an annual affair.
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is an independent media documentation and training centre committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression.
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