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Mexican journalist killed amid wave of violence against media

MEXICO CITY: A journalist was killed on Saturday in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, adding to a wave of violence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers, reported Reuters. Carlos Dominguez was murdered Saturday afternoon in the city of Nuevo Laredo, state officials said in a statement. The attorney general’s…

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Mira Rajput is not happy with paparazzi clicking her kid’s pictures

NEWS DESK: Shahid Kapoor and wife Mira Rajput welcomed a baby girl on 26th August, 2016 and since then their life revolves around Misha Kapoor, their precious daughter. Initially, the parents shied away from revealing Misha’s photos and always had her covered if they happened to be out in public. But a few days before…

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COMMENT: Why silence on #MeToo in Pakistan and India?

KARACHI: Visit any mainstream Western media website and you will find at least one story on sexual harassment on a daily basis. The same is not true of Pakistani or Indian mainstream media websites. Why is that so? Is harassment not happening in our countries? Or some other factor(s) are at play? Last year, we…

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When children tell lies

By Gulrukh Tausif  “Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable” – Ivan Junius Recently I was with a group of moms and our conversation turned to how easily children tell lies nowadays. One mother who is also a teacher, told us some shocking tales of lies that her students tell in class including…

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Blockbuster: Disney to expand empire with Fox tie-up

NEW YORK: Walt Disney Co. agreed Thursday to buy key film and television assets of 21st Century Fox, in a $52.4 billion deal that bolsters the media-entertainment powerhouse’s challenge to Netflix and emerging rivals in the streaming wars. The blockbuster stock transaction also vastly reduces the Fox media empire built by Rupert Murdoch, leaving the…

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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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‘Smoking kills,’ US tobacco firms say in court-ordered ads

WASHINGTON: Smoking kills an average 1,200 Americans daily, US tobacco companies admitted Sunday in court-ordered “corrective statements” published in newspapers. The ads began appearing 11 years after District Judge Gladys Kessler, in a 1,682-page opinion, ruled in 2006 that the companies violated racketeering laws by deceiving the public for decades on the health dangers of…

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British woman jailed in Iran to appear in court on Dec 10

LONDON: The British-Iranian woman serving a five-year jail sentence in Tehran for alleged sedition will appear in court on December 10 charged with spreading propaganda, her husband said Thursday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) — the media organisation’s philanthropic arm — was told about the court date by the country’s…

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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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021 Disrupt: Where innovators guide Pakistan’s future  

KARACHI: Technology incubator The Nest I/O kicked off its two-day conference “021 Disrupt” at Karachi’s Movenpick Hotel on Saturday. Local and international innovators in the field of entrepreneurship, media, marketing and technology are giving their advices and sharing their experiences in their respective fields to the Pakistani community. Jehan Ara, President of P@SHA & The…

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In new Facebook post, Hrithik refuses to give any more interviews

NEWS DESK: Talking about his controversy surrounding Kangana Ranaut in a public Facebook post on Tuesday, Hrithik Roshan stated that “I don’t wish to speak on this issue.” The war of words between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithink Roshan has been on for quite some time now and people have slowly started opening up and taking…

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Rishi Kapoor loses his cool, threatens to slap reporter over Mahira Khan question

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Rishi Kapoor recently lost his cool during a press meet when reporters asked him questions pertaining to Mahira Khan-Ranbir Kapoor’s viral pictures.  Trust Rishi Kapoor never to keep his cool, especially when dealing with media. The Bollywood legend, who is known for not mincing his words and igniting controversies in a moment,…

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Question on Mahira-Ranbir pic sends Rishi Kapoor over the edge

MUMBAI: Veteran Indian actor became furious when media questioned him about the pictures of Mahira Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. According to an Indian entertainment website, Rishi Kapoor threatened to slap journalists if they tried to ask questions regarding the viral pictures of the Pakistani and Indian celebrities. In an interview earlier, the veteran actor had…

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Watch: Why media was stopped when it’s an open court, asks Saad Rafique

NEWS DESK: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique asked why the lawyers and media were barred from entering the premises of the accountability court when it is an open court. Watch here:

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Google relaxes rules on free news stories, plans subscription tools

SAN FRANCISCO: Google announced on Sunday that subscription news websites would no longer have to provide users three free articles per day or face less prominence in search results, relaxing its rules following complaints from media giants like News Corp that their sales were suffering, reported Reuters. For the last decade, Google’s “first click free”…

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Shutting down communication networks adds to chaos: MMD

ISLAMABAD: The Media Matters for Democracy (MMD) on Saturday slammed the government for shutting down telecommunication networks across the country and urged it  devise a more comprehensive plan to maintain law and order.  “Media Matters for Democracy express grave concerns over these shutdowns and maintain that access to Internet and telecommunication services should be treated…

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NA-120 win: Nawaz says people reposed confidence in PML-N leadership

LONDON: Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister on Saturday said the people have reposed confidence in the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-N during NA-120 Lahore by-election. During his brief interaction with media persons, the former prime minister said people from across the country had also endorsed his viewpoint. He said consultations among party leadership was a…

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Maryam Nawaz reaches London, evades questions

NEWS DESK: After celebrating her party’s historic victory in the NA-120 by-election, former first daughter of Pakistan, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, reached London alongside husband Capt (retd) Safdar to visit her ailing mother. However, she evaded questions from the media who pounced on her as soon as she stepped out of her car. A press conference…

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HRCP vows to confront any bid to ambush freedom of expression

Lahore, September 11: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed strong reservations over a proposed draft that is apparently aimed at gagging the print media and said that civil society will vigorously resist any such attempt. In a statement issued on Monday, the Commission stated: “HRCP is greatly alarmed by the circulation of a…

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Media can play vital role in bringing people of Afghanistan,Pakistan closer: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Media has a critical role in bringing the people and governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan closer to ensure success of the efforts for peace and the Afghan media in particular must contribute to this effect. This was stated by Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage while talking to a…

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Maryam asks party workers not to attack ‘anti-N’ media teams

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz Sharif, daughter of disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has instructed her party workers to not attack media teams. In a tweet on Wednesday, she asked the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supporters to refrain from attacking or misbehaving with teams of media houses which are anti-PML-N. Dear PMLN supporters, pls refrain from attacking or…

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