ISLAMABAD: Press freedom or what it is perceived as in Pakistan, still has a long way to go and what has been achieved so far has been done at a great price and through great sacr
Pakistan Observer, November 13, 2016
I have never been to a torture chamber but the other day I accompanied my wife to a beauty parlor and was invited in since there were no other customers. Half an hour into observing the self-inflicted cosmetic cruelty that women voluntarily engage in, and you get the impression it makes Gitmo look like a holiday resort.
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In 2002, an ordinance was issued by the military government of General Pervez Musharraf to set up the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to “facilitate and regulate” private electronic media.
A summary military court sentenced the editor of Kaenat, Bahawalpur, Waliullah Ahad, and its reporter, Bashir Anwar, for 15 and nine months’ rigorous imprisonment respectively and fined them Rs10,000 each, on charges of “spreading hatred and dissatisfaction against the government.” On vigorous agitation by PFUJ and CPNE, the Ayub government ordered their release after three months.