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Reuters journalists in Myanmar remanded for another 14 days: lawyer

FILE PHOTO: Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski/File Photo YANGON: A court in Myanmar agreed on Wednesday to remand two Reuters journalists in custody for a second 14-day period as authorities…

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December 27, 2017


Myanmar to grant families access to two Reuters journalists after remand period expires: media

Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is based in Myanmar, is seen in this undated picture in Myanmar. REUTERS/Staff YANGON: Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar will be allowed to meet their families once their first 14-day period of remand expires, according to local media reports. According to Reuters, reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo…

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December 24, 2017


After almost a week, Myanmar authorities silent on whereabouts of detained Reuters journalists

Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski YANGON: As two Reuters journalists neared the end of a week in detention in Myanmar on Tuesday, there was no word on where they were…

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December 19, 2017


“Cynicism will not help us become investigative journalists. Skepticism will.”

By Minerwa Tahir MURREE: Cynicism over the amount of impact our story will generate will not help us become investigative journalist. We should rather give up on the investigation than be in despair over how little a specific story will produce. Instead, we need to be skeptical in order to become investigative journalists. Waqas Naeem…

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December 14, 2017


Journalists discuss obstacles on first day of boot camp

By Minerwa Tahir MURREE: Ten journalists from different media organizations discussed their apprehensions and obstacles they face in the line of duty on the first day of training as part of a boot camp being held in Murree by the Media Matters for Democracy. Media Matters for Democracy is a non-profit organization that conducts trainings…

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December 13, 2017


PPF awards 19 investigative journalism fellowships

The Pakistan Press Foundation has awarded 19 journalists from across Pakistan fellowships to pursue investigative stories on a range of social, political and economic issues. The fellows were selected from a pool of over 150 applicants in a rigorous selection process conducted by a panel of 17 reporters and editors who evaluated their pitches. The…

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November 15, 2017


Myanmar: Foreign journalists charged over parliament drone flight

NEWS DESK: Myanmar police have charged two foreign journalists and two Burmese with breaking import laws after they flew a drone near the country’s parliament, reported BBC. They are being held in custody until their first hearing and could face up to three years in jail. The Malaysian and Singaporean were working for Turkish broadcaster…

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October 29, 2017


Smooth transition of power vital for Pakistan’s prosperity: minister

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said political stability and smooth transition of power after the next general elections were essential for turning Pakistan into a mature democracy and achieving sustainable development. Talking to a select group of journalists from print and electronic media here, the Minister said Pakistan was heading towards smooth transition and…

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October 26, 2017


Bill for security of journalists to be presented soon: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says a comprehensive bill for ‘security, safety and protection’ of journalists is being prepared and will be presented before the cabinet for approval soon. Speaking at the National Assembly’s standing committee on Information and Broadcasting in Islamabad today, she said that inputs of the bill…

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October 25, 2017


Video: Journalists chant ‘shame, shame’ during PML-N leaders’ presser

  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Daniyal Gilani had to face slogans of ‘shame, shame’ when they arrived at Islamabad Press Club for press conference. The journalists were protesting against recent manhandling of TV reporters, including a female journalist, by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officers at Islamabad’s PIMS hospital….

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July 23, 2017


‘Happy’ Afghan girls compete at robotics meet after US visa woes

WASHINGTON: Huddled around a small table in the halls of a cavernous Washington concert hall, a group of Afghan teenage girls tweak gears and sprockets on their radio-controlled robot, hoping to best the competition.

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July 18, 2017


HRCP criticises govt for failing to act on threats to journalists

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) condemned the killing of a journalist in Haripur and death threats and an apparent attack against another in Lahore. In a statement issued on Monday, the HRCP stated: “We have received with great concern reports of targeted killing of Bakhshish Elahi, bureau chief of an Urdu newspaper, and…

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June 12, 2017


Video: Daniyal Aziz had to apologize

PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz had to apologize after a journalist took him to task over derogatory remarks about Imran Khan. Daniyal tried to justify his “son-in-law of journalists” remarks; however, he had to tender apology. Watch this video.

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May 25, 2017


Indian TV anchor reads out breaking news of husband’s death

CHHATTISGARH: An unfortunate situation arose when an Indian TV anchor was forced to read out her husband’s death on live channel during a breaking news., on Saturday. Journalists often face situations which are difficult and often unpredictable. This is exactly what happened with Surpreet Kaur, an Indian female news anchor for the channel IBC-24. A…

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April 8, 2017


Journalists sue Trump over drone strike ‘kill list’

WASHINGTON: Two journalists who believe they were on a so-called “kill list” of individuals targeted by the US for deadly drone strikes are suing President Donald Trump and other top administration officials, a media report said. Former Al Jazeera Islamabad bureau chief Ahmad Zaidan and freelance journalist Bilal Kareem filed the lawsuit on Thursday in…

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April 1, 2017


Amnesty urges Nisar to protect journalists, activists

Pakistan’s authorities must take urgent action to protect journalists, bloggers, civil society and other human rights activists who are facing constant harassment, intimidation, threats and violent attacks in the country, Amnesty International said today. In an open letter to the Interior Minister, Nisar Ali Khan, the human rights organization highlighted how a smear campaign is…

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March 1, 2017


Journalists charged with rioting in Washington

New York: Authorities in Washington D.C. should drop rioting charges against at least three journalists arrested while covering protests on the day of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Evan Engel, a senior producer at the news website Vocativ, and Alex Rubinstein, a reporter with…

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January 25, 2017


2016 deadliest year for journalists in Afghanistan: watchdog

KABUL: Afghanistan suffered its deadliest year on record for journalists in 2016, according to a report released Thursday which said the country is the second most dangerous for reporters in the world after Syria. As least 13 journalists were killed last year, the Afghan Journalists’ Safety Committee (AJSC) said, adding that the Taliban was behind…

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January 19, 2017


Psychological counseling essential for journalists physical and emotional well being: TV reporters

KARACHI: Majority of journalists witness traumatic events and should get regular psychological counseling and medical check-ups to ensure their physical as well as psycho-social safety and productivity. Media houses also need to develop implementation of safety protocols in the field and anti-sexual harassment policies for female journalists. These were some of the key points raised…

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January 18, 2017


HRW calls for Pakistan to investigate apparent abduction of bloggers

The Pakistani government should urgently investigate the apparent abductions of four activists who campaign for human rights and religious freedom, Human Rights Watch said today. The four men, Salman Haider, a well-known poet and academic, and bloggers Waqas Goraya, Aasim Saeed, and Ahmad Raza Naseer, went missing or were taken away from different cities between…

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January 10, 2017


Journalist killed every 4.5 days, says UNESCO

PARIS: One journalist is killed every four-and-a-half days, according to a shocking report released by UNESCO on Wednesday. During the last decade, 827 journalists have been killed while on the job, the UNESCO director-general’s report said. The worst hit areas were Arab States including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. Latin America is the next worst…

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November 2, 2016

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