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  • International Press Institute urges Imran to address deteriorating press freedom

    KARACHI: The International Press Institute (IPI) — a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries — has urged Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan to ensure that the deteriorating environment for independent press in Pakistan is reversed, and that the press is protected from the onslaught of state institutions...

    “While the citizens of Pakistan are looking forward to a change...

  • Global press association calls on South Africa to protect media freedoms

    A global body that seeks to protect the right of journalists across the world to work in a free environment has decried legislation introduced by the South African government that threatens a free and independent press...

    The board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which represents 18,000 publications in 120 countries, called on the South African government to ensure an environment that better...

  • Trump assails media, ridicules courts in his first solo press conference

    Trump used an extraordinary 80-minute news conference to make this announcement and also to lampoon the media, ridicule courts for allowing banned people into the US and to declare that he would continue taking unpopular decisions that were necessary for the security of his country...

    Trump gave no details about the replacement order but legal experts told media outlets that the new directive would remove the weaknesses that allowed a...

  • India’s press freedom ranking falls due to media bribery scandal

    WASHINGTON: A recently undercover bribery scandal indicating that some of India’s largest media groups are ready to accept bribes in order to favour the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming 2019 election campaign has brought down India’s press freedom index rankings, international media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders reported on Wednesday...

    Cobrapost’s videos showed its reporter Pushp Sharma posing as a...

  • Lifting of censorship on state media step towards press freedom: IPI

    KARACHI: The Intern­ational Press Institute (IPI) — a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists — has welcomed the decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to lift censorship on the state-run media...

    In a press statement released on Thursday, IPI executive director Barbara Trionfi said: “The annou­ncement by the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan that state media will be allowed editorial independence...

  • Media, members slam Press Council of India for backing restrictions in occupied Kashmir

    Indian media as well as members of the Press Council of India (PCI) have slammed the body for backing the government's restrictions in occupied Kashmir...

    But though the statutory object of the country’s media watchdog is to “preserve the freedom of the press”, the PCI petition describes the ban on communication and free movement ? which many local journalists say has severely affected the functioning of the press in J&K ? as being...

  • Govt to allot health dept land to NGO for hospital

    PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will allot 80-kanal piece of land to a Karachi-based NGO free of cost for construction of a hospital, according to sources...

    They alleged that the land was being allotted to the NGO, Indus, on political grounds...

  • NGO helps poor families to start small businesses

    MANSEHRA: A non-governmental organisation has given away a grant of Rs4 million to 80 poor families in Gari union council here to help them start small businesses to earn a respectable living...

    The Sungi Development foundation (SDF) gave away cheques to deserving families at a function held in Gari Habibullah on Sunday
  • NGO sells idea of promoting peace to govt

    Representatives of the NGO (Interfaith Harmony for Peace Foundation), religious scholars and minorities’ leaders, politicians, DCOs of Lahore, Nankana, Kasur and Sheikhupura, and heads of the departments concerned attended the meeting...

    He also welcomed a suggestion regarding setting up of separate stalls in Sunday and Ramazan bazaars, allowing the NGO to do it in coordination with the respective officials...

  • Guard held for torturing NGO men

    LAHORE: Garden Town police arrested a security guard of Jinnah Hospital for torturing and injuring three men of a non-government organisation (NGO) on Tuesday...

    Witnesses said the NGO sent its employees to Jinnah Hospital to distribute free food among the patients...

  • Militant attack kills nine Afghan employees of Czech NGO: officials

    MAZAR SHARIF: Nine Afghan employees of a Czech aid organisation were killed when militants attacked their guesthouse in northern Afghanistan early on Tuesday, officials said...

    “Those killed in Zari district of Balkh province include seven aid workers, six men and one woman, and two guards,” deputy provincial police chief Abdul Razaq Qaderi told AFP, blaming the Taliban for the attack
  • Six get bail in NGO worker’s murder case

    KOHAT: A local court here on Wednesday granted bail to six suspects charged in an honour killing case of a female NGO worker, Hina Shahnawaz, about two months ago...

    SP investigation Sanaullah Bhittani told a press briefing that the accused Niaz Sharif and Faqeer Jan, who belonged to Peshawar and Charsadda respectively, were arrested on the information provided by their three accomplices already arrested at Junglekhel...

  • Hungary passes tough anti-foreign NGO law

    They will also have to use the label “foreign-supported organisation” on their websites, press releases and other publications...

    Government-backed billboard and media campaigns have targeted Soros, while a questionnaire sent to households nationwide urged support for the registration of foreign-funded NGOs...

  • Netanyahu refuses to meet German FM over NGO row

    JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled talks on Tuesday with Germany’s foreign minister in a rare move after the visiting diplomat declined to call off meetings with rights groups critical of the Jewish state...

    Netanyahu’s meeting with Sigmar Gabriel was cancelled after the German diplomat decided to go ahead with talks with two Israeli rights groups, Breaking The Silence and B’Tselem
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