American media urge President Biden to support Afghan journalists

WASHINGTON—American media outlets have urged the US administration to help protect Afghan journalists seeking to flee as the Taliban tighten their grip in the country. The publishers of the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal, in a letter sent to President Joe Biden, called for ensuring support to Afghan journalists and their…

Taliban take two female state TV anchors off-air, beat two journalists

WASHINGTON D.C.—The Taliban must immediately cease harassing and attacking journalists for their work, allow women journalists to broadcast the news, and permit the media to operate freely and independently, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Friday. Since August 15, members of the Taliban have barred at least two female journalists from their jobs at…

India: Jammu and Kashmir Police assault journalists covering Muharram procession

Jammu and Kashmir police chased a group of journalists and attacked them with batons while they were covering the Muharram procession in Srinagar on August 17. The International Federation of Journalists (IF) and its Indian affiliates, the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) and National Union of Journalists – India (NUJ-I) condemn the police’s behaviour and urge the government…

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Pakistan a democracy only in name: Hamid Mir

LONDON: The anchor and host of the now-off air primetime show Capital Talk on Geo, Hamid Mir, in a wide-ranging interview to the BBC World Service, criticised the shrinking space for press freedom and the growing “climate of fear” for journalists in Pakistan. Hamid Mir spoke from Islamabad with Stephen Sackur, the host of the…

HRCP awards I. A. Rehman Research Grant to Razeshta Sethna

LAHORE—The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has announced awarding the I.A. Rehman Research Grant for 2021 to journalist and editor Razeshta Sethna. “We are delighted to announce that freelance journalist and editor Razeshta Sethna has been awarded the I. A. Rehman Research Grant for 2021,” HRCP stated in a tweet. According to HRCP, she…

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The Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) demands Lahore High Court (LHC) commission to probe torture of journalist

LAHORE: The Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) has termed the incident of police brutality against Asghar Ali Jafri, President of Bhong Press Club in Rahim Yar Khan and correspondent of the daily Ausaf, as inhumane and cruel. PUJ demanded a Lahore High Court (LHC) commission to investigate torture of journalist. PUJ President Qamar Zaman Bhatti…