Posts Tagged ‘ blasphemy ’

Naya Zamana Editor Threatened By Jihadi Militants

Jun 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Urdu Media

The editor of progressive Urdu monthly magazine Naya Zamana, Lahore, Mohammad Shoaib Adil, has reportedly been receiving life threats from religious militants for publishing the autobiography of a retired Lahore High Court judge, Muhammad Islam Bhatti, seven years ago.  These militants have also submitted an application for registration of a blasphemy case against the editor, […]



Anti Terrorism Court Issues Arrest Warrants Against Geo Personnel On Charges of Blasphemy

Jun 6th, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship, Geo TV

Journalists is Pakistan have been killed with impunity since long. Now the Anti-Terrorism Courts are finally taking notice of the media, but it is not to protect journalists, but to arrest them. ATC judge Tariq Anwar Kasi on Thursday issued arrest warrants against Geo’s owner Mir Shakeelur Rehman, morning show host Dr Shaista Lodhi as well as […]



Over 20 Channels Summoned Over Blasphemy Allegations

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship

When Geo found itself in the crosshairs, the response from other media groups was sadly predictable – capitalise on the opportunity to bring the giant down, and in doing so grab a piece of their coveted audience. Unfortunately, in their scramble, the media tycoons forgot that throwing mud will leave you soiled as well. Now, Geo […]



Media conviction in blasphemy case

Dec 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The latest blasphemy case to make headlines contains all the elements of block buster film. A Pakistani Professor who studied and taught in America, returned to Pakistan, and is accused by his own nephew. Now another element can be added to the plot. The accused has been convicted…by the media. A headline in The News […]



The Nation’s Pro-Censorship Position

Sep 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Censorship, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, The Nation

The Nation published an editorial praising the Lahore High Court for its order to ban websites “involved in displaying blasphemous content”. This pro-censorship position is not only self-defeating for a free media, it is thoroughly unworkable. The first question that must be asked when approaching the topic of censorship is who is to decide what […]



Hajrah Mumtaz: Who Watches the Watchmen?

Mar 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Dawn, Ethics, Express Tribune

When we started this blog a few years ago, many people said that it was a waste of time because the media groups were too big and too powerful to listen to care about one small blog. But over time our assumption proved correct: People were tired of irresponsible journalism and wanted to see more […]



Blasphemy and Opportunism

Nov 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi’s column of 26 November is a curious piece of work. He begins by reporting some statements of Law Minister Babar Awan about repeal of the blasphemy law. According to Ansar Abbasi, the esteemed minister has said that he opposed repeal of the law and that no one should think of repealing it while […]



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