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Shopkeepers listen to Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the nation on television, in Karachi, Pakistan, 4 March 2021, ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images

Pakistan: Proposed super regulator could impose a ‘media martial law’

Several groups said the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority Ordinance (2021) could have a devastating effect on free speech and press freedom. Pakistan Press Foundation said it will grant more powers to authorities to control the media industry.

The lawyer of a militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl speaks to the media outside the Sindh high court, Karachi, Pakistan, 24 December 2020, RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP via Getty Images

Pakistan Press Foundation welcomes the presentation of journalists’ safety bills in the National Assembly and Sindh Assembly

The Pakistan Press Foundation played a leading role in the campaign for the passage of journalists’ protection legislation.

Journalists gather in the newsroom of Geo television, in Karachi, Pakistan, 6 June 2014, ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images

Pakistan: Mob vandalizes office of country’s largest media house

The central office of the Geo and Jang media group was vandalized by a group of protestors on 21 February in Karachi. Some staff members were also beaten.

Pakistani media faced unique challenges in 2020

The Pakistan Press Foundation presents its 2020 report on the state of press freedom in Pakistan. It noted that journalists were still abducted, killed, arrested, and manhandled with impunity in 2020.

Pakistan: Directive prohibiting electronic news coverage of some news events undermines right to information

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority prohibited broadcasters from airing speeches of an absconder or a proclaimed offender, which is widely believed to be an attempt to deny airtime to the country’s former prime minister. Reporting about a gang-rape incident has been restricted as well.

Pakistan: Journalist receives death threats for investigative report

Journalist Ahmad Noorani started to receive death threats after publishing an investigative story about the business fortunes of close relatives of a retired army officer.

Pakistan Rangers enter Karachi Press Club without permission

The Karachi Press Club said the “sanctity of the club had been trampled” after Pakistan Rangers entered their premises to conduct some security rehearsal.

Pakistan: Journalist Matiullah Jan abducted in broad daylight and released after twelve hours

The Supreme Court has taken notice of the abduction of the senior journalist and has asked the Islamabad police chief for a report on the incident in two weeks.