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White House under criticism for not allowing reporter to attend event

The White House was under fire Wednesday for barring a CNN reporter from attending an event with the president, allegedly for having asked questions that officials objected to.

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PSL 2018 garners combined media exposure value worth over $230 million

Leading sports evaluation firm Nielsen Sports has given the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) a hugely positive report on the third edition of the tournament. The event was held in February-March this year in the UAE with three games including the final played in Pakistan, said a spokesman for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) here on…

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Annapolis gunman wanted to ‘kill as many as possible’

The 38-year-old gunman who carried out a deadly assault on a newspaper office in Annapolis had barricaded a back door hoping to “kill as many” as he could, authorities said Friday, confirming he pursued a years-long vendetta against the paper. Police said the suspect — identified as Maryland resident Jarrod Ramos — used a legally…

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Sindh headlines: Mineral resources, water crisis, pro-PPP admin

Samaa Digital brings to you the major headlines from newspapers across Sindh. 1. Sindh deprived of resources after 18th amendment: Shah Daily Kawish, Hyderabad The mineral resources of Sindh have been handed over to the federal government through the 18th constitutional amendment, “but our lawmakers remained silent,” said Sindh United Party’s senior vice president Syed…

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Twitter shift aims to deliver more news on timelines

Twitter said Wednesday it would revamp user timelines as part of an effort to deliver more news and personalized content, the latest effort to attract more users to the platform. The new features shift further away from Twitter’s original chronological feed and represent a stepped-up effort to be a destination to find news, especially breaking…

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Free and fair media as important as free and fair election: PM

A free and fair media is as important in the national interest as a free and fair election, said PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. He was addressing the APNS Awards 2018 ceremony in Islamabad on Wednesday. “Censorship does not work in the modern world,” he said. “This is basic. You all know that even when censorship…

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British lawmakers to grill man at centre of Facebook scandal

LONDON: The Russian-American academic who developed an app that allowed political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to farm the data of 87 million Facebook users faces questions Tuesday by British lawmakers. Aleksandr Kogan, who teaches at Cambridge University, will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee to explain his relationship with CA, the…

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Twelve media houses fined for naming rape victim in India

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Wednesday ordered 12 media companies to pay $15,000 each to a compensation fund for victims of sexual violence after they published the name of an eight-year-old girl who was gang raped and murdered. Indian law prohibits the naming of rape victims, even after they have died, because of the…

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New York Times, New Yorker win Pulitzer for #MeToo watershed

NEW YORK: The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for explosive reporting that brought down Harvey Weinstein and spawned a cultural watershed on the issue of sexual harassment. The prestigious prize was awarded to the Times team led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and…

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Military plane crashes near Algiers, scores feared dead: media, witness

ALGIERS: An Algerian military plane crashed near an airport outside the capital Algiers, killing several people on Wednesday, local media and a witness said, reported Reuters. More than 100 military personnel were on board the plane when it came down near Boufarik airport, local channel Ennahar TV reported. There was no immediate confirmation from authorities….

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Sheikh Rasheed sees Nawaz Sharif in jail by May 31

ISLAMABAD: AML leader Sheikh Rasheed has predicted that former PM Nawaz Sharif would go to jail and a decision against him is likely to be announced by May 31. “Nawaz Sharif is working on a foreign agenda to weaken the judiciary and country’s armed forces,” the veteran politician said. Speaking in SAMAA’s talk show ‘Awaz’,…

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BCCI set for billion-dollar deal in media rights war

New Delhi, India: India’s cricket board is set to break the billion dollar barrier in its new media rights deal after two days of intense bidding between rival firms, which are scheduled to end Thursday. Bidding hit $926 million Wednesday in the fight between Star India, Sony and Reliance Jio for television and digital rights for…

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‘Ecomm Fest’ aims to spur online giants in Pakistan

KARACHI: Group-m, a media investment company, organized its ecommerce festival 2018 at Karachi’s DHA Golf City on Tuesday, extending a valuable opportunity to clients for investment in IT and other sectors. The event offered an optimally effective platform to online enterprise and media giants to help them explore more avenues for investment and create valuable…

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Apple buys digital magazine subscription service

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple announced Monday it is buying digital magazine subscription service Texture, adding to the side of its business aimed at making money from online content or services. The iPhone maker did not disclose financial terms of the deal to buy Texture from its owners — publishers Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rogers Media and…

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ECP allows media coverage for Senate elections

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission allowed media to cover the Senate elections on Saturday, Samaa reported. A press release by ECP stated that it has directed the authorities to allow journalists to enter Parliament to cover the Senate polls. The notification instructed reporters to cover the elections from the press gallery. One hundred and thirty five candidates…

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Rishi Kapoor is mad at media for asking his reaction on Sridevi’s death

NEWS DESK: Bollywood legend Sridevi has recently passed away. Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor took to Twitter to lash out at the media calling him repeatedly for a reaction or quote on Sridevi’s death. He wrote: “The Media(electronic/print)behaved badly with me during these three days after Sridevi ji passed away. I accept I worked with her…

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PTI appoints Fawad Chaudhry as its Secretary Information

, ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has appointed Fawad Chaudhry as the party’s Secretary Information. According to a press release, he will head the formal and informal media departments and shall regulate and communicate with media as per party policy. “PTI Electronic, Social and Print Media teams shall report to Secretary Information and he will monitor…

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PEMRA bans “promotion” of Valentine’s Day on media

NEWS DESK: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued instructions to all TV channels against airing any programme promoting Valentine’s Day on February 14 in light of the Islamabad High Court’s order dated February 13, 2017. Here’s the notification issued by Pemra on Wednesday:  

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The media and its social responsibilities

By Farah Jamil Media – a medium to communicate with people, a country and the entire world. Media empowerment is a sign of true democracy and no one can deny its role in making or breaking a society. Media has a responsibility on its shoulders, which is to guide the people who have blind faith…

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Oman stops issuing expat visas

MUSCAT: Oman has issued a six-month ban on the issuance of work visas for expatriates in ten sectors, including information systems, engineering, aviation and certain technical professions. The complete list of sectors covered by the temporary ban is: information systems, sales, marketing, administration, human resources, insurance, media, airports, engineering and technical professions. According to Times…

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Expats in Saudi Arabia banned from jobs in 12 sectors

RIYADH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has imposed a restriction on the expatriates from working in 12 sectors from the next Hijri year. According to Jeddah-based newspaper Saudi Gazette, Saudi Labour and Social Development Minister Ali Al-Ghafees on Monday issued a ministerial decision in this regard in an attempt to ‘create more job opportunities for…

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