Monthly Report

South Asian Democratic Club hosts a fundraiser

Special Report by Aijaz Khokhar The South Asian Democratic Club of the United States recently organized a fund raising event to support Congressman Frank Pallone for his 2018 election as many members feel that it’s vital for the South Asian community to work together as a community at the local, state and federal level. The prgram was organized at the popular Shezan Restaurant in Edison, New Jersey and the participants included

Two-day International Journalism Conference concludes in Lahore

LAHORE: The two-day International Journalism Conference 2017 titled “Media and Society, Future and Beyond” concluded at Pearl Continental on Sunday. The Punjab Information Department, Foundation for Promotion of Academic Collaboration (FPAC), German Press Foundation (DPV) and the University of Central Punjab jointly organised the conference. 203 papers were on media research presented on the occasion in different sessions. Senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami said, “The way Pakistani media covers terror

Journalists given awards for ‘excellent work’ in 40 categories

ISLAMABAD: A number of journalists from across Pakistan were recognised and awarded AGAHI awardes for their “excellent” work in more than 40 categories during a ceremony at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). Leading opinion makers, senior journalists, policymakers, diplomats, ambassadors, academicians, leading professionals from the media industry and representatives from think tanks attended the award ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by Saima Shirazi and Shamoon Hashmi. This year

Government to abolish Maryam-run ‘Strategic Media Communication Cell’

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided to abolish the Strategic Media Communication Cell (SMCC), which had been working under the supervision of former premier’s daughter Maryam Nawaz. The Prime Minister’s Office has directed the information ministry to shut down the cell as the premier did not need the cell anymore. Following the directives, the information ministry had started work to officially wrap-up the cell. The summary of abolishing

NA body criticises media for ‘propagating false stories’

ISLAMABAD: The role of media in the propagation of unverified reports that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had prepared a list of parliamentarians with links with banned outfits was criticised by National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Privilege. Reportedly, IB had compiled that list on the directives of former premier Nawaz Sharif to monitor the activities of these parliamentarians. At the beginning, members of the committee expressed their dissatisfaction on Minister for

Need stressed on safe online spaces for female journalists

In this digital age, it has become even easier than before to be stalked, harassed and intruded. During these times of fast digital innovation, it is important for women to assess their risks online, analyze them and browse securely. With growing privacy concerns on digital spaces, Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) sought to increase awareness about privacy issues especially for female journalists and defend the right to privacy by research and

Journalists end protest after govt, opposition agree to amend law

ISLAMABAD: Journalists from Rawalpindi and Islamabad called off their protest against the administration’s Nov 25 move to take all television news channels off-air on Monday after the government, as well as the opposition, assured them that moves would be initiated to amend the Pemra Act. The Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) had called for the protest after news channels suddenly went off-air following the launch of an action to end

Several media men covering sit-in injured, TV channels restored in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: People remained in the dark on Saturday after the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) ordered private TV channels to go off-air during an operation launched by local police and Rangers against participants of a sit-in staged by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah demanding the resignation of the federal law minister. The channels were restored on Sunday evening. While hundreds of protesters and security personnel were injured during the

Journalists discuss challenges to Pakistani media at 4thpillar conference

Pakistani American New Yorkers responded to 4thPiller’s call and gathered in Brooklyn to welcome a visiting team of elected leaders of Pakistani journalist fraternity. Program was hosted by Journalist Farooq Mirza, founder of the organization and a distinguished member of New York community. The 4thpillar media watchdog organized this first International Conference on Media Ethics. There was an open dialogue on how fake news and disinformation damaged editorial independence and

Senator suggests legislative framework for safety of journalists

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Senator Farhatullah Babar has urged the media persons to avail the two recent opportunities that opened up last week in the Senate to build a legislative framework for their protection and safety and to end the impunity with which they are attacked by the state and non-state actors. Addressing a seminar on safety of journalists organised by the Freedom Network here, he said that the