LPC honours senior sports journalists

LAHORE:  The Lahore Press Club (LPC) Friday honoured senior sports journalists and life members of the club for earning the ‘life time achievement awards’ of the Pakistan Sports Writer Federation (PSWF) during a ceremony held here at the club premises. Sarfraz Ahmad of The News and Qayyum Zahid of Online received the honorary shields while the third recipient was absent. They were conferred upon ‘life time achievement awards’ by the

Journalist survives armed attack

KOHAT: A local journalist Friday sustained serious injuries after a motorcyclist opened fire on him outside his house. The journalist, namely Syed Aleem Haider, was on his way back to his house in Garri Mandan area after completing his shift at a private TV channel, when two unidentified persons riding a motorcycle shot him in the head outside his house. The injured journalist was immediately rushed to Kohat Divisional Hospital in

‘Unpaid’ Aamir Liaquat quits Bol TV again

KARACHI:  Renowned televangelist Aamir Liaquat Hussain parted ways with the self-proclaimed ‘No. 1 channel of Pakistan’, Bol News accusing the media outlet of not clearing his dues. Liaquat, who used to host ‘Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga’ show on Bol News announced his decision to quit the channel through a tweet on Saturday saying ‘it was not a friendly end’. The religious scholar also advised the aspiring ‘Bolwalas’ to join the

Senate panel rejects government bill on journalists’ protection

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting has rejected the Bill on Safety of Journalists and set up a three-member sub-committee to draft a legislation in consultation with stake-holders which will be tabled as private members bill in case the government did not own it. The decision was taken in a committee meeting chaired by Senator PML-Q Kamil Ali Agha. Senators Nehal Hashmi of PML-N, PPP’s Karim Ahmad Khawaja,

Media losing neutrality at fast pace: Speakers

KARACHI: Speakers at a seminar on ‘Importance of Media in Promoting Inter Provincial Harmony’ have agreed on a point that the media in Pakistan is losing neutrality at a very fast pace and expresses fear that if the trend continues for four to five years it will lose its credibility. The seminar was organised by the Sindh Interprovincial Coordination (IPC) Department here on Friday. Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister for

Students, journalists hold conference to ‘empower youth in media’

HYDERABAD: Students of Sindh University Jamshoro, in collaboration with journalists, organised a national conference on “Youth in Media”, aimed to empower the youth in media industry. Media experts from all over Pakistan participated in the conference and a number of delegates from different media houses also attended. The conference was held in different segments including panel discussion, theatre performance, dance performances, and screening of a documentary. Sindh University Vice chancellor

PTV director fired over harassment, nepotism charges

LAHORE: Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) Director Current Affairs Agha Masood Shorish has been removed from his post at the state-run television channel over multiple accusations which include harassment, nepotism, and negligence in the broadcasting of breaking news. Shorish had come to the fore earlier in the year, when back in March, PTV journalist Tanzeela Mazhar had resigned from her post at the state-run channel after it failed to properly address her harassment complaint.

HRCP, journalists decry curbs on press freedom in Balochistan

KARACHI: Balochistan has long been a hard place to practice journalism mainly because of a restraining atmosphere for freedom of expression and a restless security situation. However, after recent threats hurled by Baloch militant groups for not giving sufficient space in media, journalist activities and the distribution of newspapers have been suspended in the entire Baloch region of the province. Also, journalists, media workers and newspaper vendors have found themselves

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 fellows come from all four provinces of Pakistan as well as its Federally Administered Tribal

Pakistan rated among most dangerous countries for journalists

WASHINGTON: An international index for press freedom places Pakistan among the most dangerous countries for journalists – along with the Philippines and Bangladesh – as the world observed on Thursday the “Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.” The 2017 World Press Freedom Index, prepared by an international media advocacy group – Reporters Without Borders – ranked Pakistan 139th out of 180 countries survey for the report. In 2016,