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Pakistani journalists protest growing censorship

Friday 20 April 2018, by siawi3


Pakistani journalists protest growing censorship

Posted on April 19, 2018

by beenasarwar

Following the recent statement signed by prominent academics including Noam Chomsky against the growing censorship in Pakistan, over 80 Pakistani journalists, editors, columnists, media persons from across the media landscape in the country as have signed a joint statement also expressing serious concern and condemning the ongoing curbs on freedom of expression in the country. These curbs include several articles being pulled off media websites in Pakistan like Babar Sattar’s oped (published in this blog) as well as three other pieces in The News on Sunday this past weekend. Others are not published in the first place, like Mobashir Zaidi’s oped in The News, and Gul Bukhari’s article for 16 April that The Nation didn’t run (published in Naya Daur). The first 50 names obtained in the first few hours after we began sharing the statement since 19 April have grown to nearly 100. Statement and list below.

Pakistani journalists, editors, media persons protest against ongoing censorship

We the undersigned journalists, editors, columnists and media persons, express our serious concern and condemn the ongoing curbs on freedom of expression in Pakistan.

Beginning with a crackdown against select media groups and banning the broadcast of various channels, there now is enhanced pressure on all media houses to refrain from covering certain rights based movements.

Media house managements under pressure are dropping regular op-ed columns and removing online editions of published articles. One media house even asked its anchors to stop live shows.

There is growing self censorship and increasingly, discussions on “given news” rather than real news, violating the citizens’ right to information.

These examples represent a fraction of the kind of censorship taking place across the country in different ways.

We strongly protest against all forms of censorship imposed on free media and freedom of information and stand united against it.

(Signed – alphabetical order)

1 Abbas Nasir, former editor Dawn
2 Abdul Sattar freelance journalist, Islamabad
3 Adnan Rehmat, freelance journalist
4 Afia Salam, freelance journalist, The News, Dawn
5 Ahmed Noorani, reporter, The News
6 Allah Bux Arisar, district correspondent daily Dawn and Dawn TV, Umerkot
7 Annam Lodhi, journalist Media Matters For Democracy
8 Annie Zaman, Global Voices
9 Anwar Ali Arqam, Newsline magazine
10 Asad Baig, founder, Media Matters for Democracy (MMFD)
Asad Hashim, freelance journalist
Alefia T. Hussain, Consulting Editor, The News on Sunday
Ammara Ahmad, freelance journalist
Amber Rahim Shamsi, freelance journalist
Asher John, Deputy Editor Pakistan Today
Asma Shirazi, journalist and TV anchor Aaj News
Azra Syed, freelance writer/journalist, former reporter with Reuters and The News
Babar Sattar, columnist, The News
Beena Sarwar, editor, Aman Ki Asha
Bilal Farooqi, News Editor, The Express Tribune
Farah Zia, editor, The News on Sunday
Farhan Ahmad Khan, senior sub-editor, interviewer, Daily 92 News, Lahore
Farieha Aziz, freelance journalist and co-founder Bolo Bhi
Farooq Mehsud, TV journalist, Chief Editor Waziristan Times
Fauzia Shahid, former Secretary General Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)
Hamid Mir, columnist and TV anchor
Haroon Rashid, editor BBC Urdu
Hamza Rao, Assistant editor, op-ed, Daily Times
Husain Naqi, senior journalist and former editor Sajjan, The News, Jehd-e-Haq
I.A. Rehman, former editor Pakistan Times
Imtiaz Alam, Secretary General SAFMA
Iqbal Khattak, freelance journalist and RSF Pakistan representative
Irfan Husain, columnist Dawn
Irfan Aslam, copy editor, Dawn
Ishtiaq Mehsud, journalist, D. I. Khan
Ismat Jabeen, freelance journalist
Javed Aziz Khan, ex president Khyber Union of Journalists, senior reporter The News
Jawad Zulfiqar, journalist, Pakistan Today
Kamila Hyat, former editor, The News Lahore
Kashan Akmal, News Anchor DBTV
Kiran Nazish, independent journalist
Khurram Husain, Business Editor, Dawn
Maham Javaid, assistant editor, The News on Sunday
Manzoor Ali, reporter Dawn
M. Ziauddin, former editor Express Tribune
Marvi Sirmed, journalist, Daily Times
Mehmal Sarfraz, journalist and producer Neo TV
Miranda Husain, Deputy Managing Editor, Daily Times
Khurram Baig, former City Editor, The News; former Sports Editor Dawn News; former Business Editor, The Express Tribune
Mona Kazim Shah, freelance journalist, correspondent DW
Muhammad Salman Khan, sub-editor, Express Tribune
Muna Khan, journalism lecturer, CEJ, Karachi
Munir Pervaiz, oped writer Huffington Post, Urdu Times, Niazamana; former Board Member and Chair Writers in Exile Committee, PEN Canada
Murtaza Solangi, journalist, TV anchor, former Director General Radio Pakistan
Mustafa Nazir Ahmad, freelance journalist, The News International
Nasir Zaidi, archivist, Jang Group (one of the journalists flogged in the Gen. Zia regime)
Nasim Zehra, journalist, TV anchor Channel 24
Nosheen Abbas, freelance journalist
Nighat Daad, media and censorship researcher
Nusrat Javed, TV anchor, columnist
Quatrina Hosain, independent journalist
Rai Shahnawaz, TV reporter, Express News
Rana Muhammad Azeem, president Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), editor Forum 92 News, Lahore
Raza Rumi, editor, Daily Times
Saadia Salahuddin, Assistant Editor, The News on Sunday
Saleem Asmi, former editor Dawn
Sajid Khan Lodhy, News Editor, Pakistan Today
Sirmed Manzoor, freelance journalist
Saba Eitizaz, journalist, CBC
Sabahat Zakariya, Deputy Editor, The News on Sunday
Sadaf Baig, co-founder Media Matters for Democracy
Sailab Mehsud, journalist, Mashal Radio
Salman Haidar, poet, writer, freelance journalist
Shabana Mahfooz, freelance journalist
Shah Meer Baloch, freelance journalist
Shahzada Irfan Ahmed, Senior Reporter, The News on Sunday
Shahzad Ahmad, Country Director, Bytes For All, Pakistan
Shahzaib Walia, journalist, France 24
80 Shahzeb Jillani, Senior Executive Editor, Dunya News
81 Shamim Bano, freelance journalist, contributor, Express Tribune
82 Sheen Farrukh, journalist, editor, Inter-Press Communication
83 Shezad Baloch, freelance journalist, former correspondent Express Tribune, Balochistan
84 Shujauddin Qureshi, freelance journalist, Karachi
85 Taha Siddiqui, journalist, France 24
86 Tanzeela Mazhar, TV news anchor
87 Tom Hussain, freelance journalist, South China Morning Post, The National, Nikkei Asian Review
88 Umar Cheema, reporter, The News
89 Umber Khairi, Producer, BBC Urdu Service
90 Umer Ali, freelance journalist, Herald, News Deeply, Thomson Reuters
91 Wajid Ali Syed, journalist, Geo TV, Washington
92 Waqas Habib Rana, associate digital editor Daily Times
93 Waseem Ahmad Shah, senior correspondent, Dawn Peshawar.
94 Xari Jalil, reporter, Dawn
95 Zahid Hussain, journalist and columnist, Dawn, Newsline
95 Zebunnisa Burki, deputy editor oped, The News
96 Zia Ur Rehman, reporter, The News, Karachi
97 Zofeen T. Ebrahim, freelance journalist, IPS News, Dawn
98 Zohra Yusuf, former editor, The Star Weekend, Herald Publications
99 Zubeida Mustafa, former editor Books & Authors, Dawn