In May 1946 a group of Muslim League supporters set up Progressive Papers Ltd (PPL) that launched the Pakistan Times and other publications – Imroze and Lail-o-Nahar.
On 2 April 1992, magazine Viewpoint, brought out by Mazhar Ali Khan, was closed down.
The Civil & Military Gazette which started publication in 1872 from Lahore, Karachi and Simla, was closed down in September 1963.
Founded by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on 26 October 1941 in Delhi, Dawn became a daily newspaper in October 1942.
The Pakistan Times started regular (eight-page) publication from 4 February 1947.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz remained editor of the Pakistan Times from 1948-51.
On 18 April 1959 the Pakistan Times was taken over by the military government of General Ayub Khan.
Ahmed Ali Khan, former editor-in-chief of Dawn, died in Karachi on 13 March 2007. Born in 1924 in Bhopal, his association with Dawn began in Delhi in 1946 and ended in Karachi in 2004. He also served as editor of the Pakistan Times, Lahore. He was with Dawn for nearly 42 years — 28 of them as editor/chief editor.
Salamat Ali, a Pakistani correspondent of the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Review, was sentenced to one-year by a military tribunal on 29 November 1979 in Rawalpindi. Arrested on 13 November, Mr Ali, 45, was brought to the military court in chains where a major passed the sentence. The reporter was found guilty for writing an article – An Upheaval is Forecast – on the volatile situation of Balochistan. It was published on 19 October 1979.
Newsline, a monthly current affairs magazine, started its publication in 1989 with Razia Bhatti as its editor.
The draconian Press and Publications Ordinance, enforced by the military government of Ayub Khan in 1960, was consistently used to close down newspapers and suppress freedom of press. However in 1984, the Federal Shariat Court termed the PPO unIslamic.
The Press and Publications Ordinance was replaced by Registration of Printing Press and Publications Ordinance (PPPO) in 1988.
In 1957 a private news agency Pakistan Press Association (PPA), which came to be known as Pakistan Press International (PPI), was set up.
Imroze, an Urdu language newspaper founded by Mian Iftikharuddin, started publishing in 1948 from Lahore. After the military coup in 1958 it was taken over by the military government. It was shut down in early 1991.
The Muslim, Islamabad’s first English language newspaper, was launched in 1979 by Agha Murtaza Poya.
A.T. Chaudhri was the first editor of The Muslim, Islamabad’s first English language newspaper. He edited the paper from 1979 to 1985.
In 1988 Dr. Maleeha Lodhi became the first woman editor in Asia when she took over at The Muslim.
National Press Trust, a newspaper and publishing amalgamation, was established in March 1964 to control mass media. It was taken over by the government in 1972.
On 14 August 1947 Radio Pakistan started its broadcast with two small medium wave stations broadcasting 18 hours a day with transmitting power of 15 kilowatts, covering six percent of the area and 21 percent of the population.
On 20 December 1972 Radio Pakistan was made a statutory organization - Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC).
Pakistan Television started its transmission on 26 November 1964 from Lahore.
In 1976 Pakistan Television went color.
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.
Urdu language newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt was launched in Lahore in 1942.
The Pakistan Times was launched from Lahore in 1946.
The Sindh Times was launched in Karachi by an advocate in December 1945.
The Orient Press of India, a news agency, was founded by Syed Mohammad in 1942. It was closed down in 1948.
The government of Punjab banned the publication of two Lahore weeklies, Chattan and Asia, on 9 June 1952 for one year.
For publishing a news item criticizing the arrangements made at Polo Ground for Eid prayers on 14 April 1958, the Morning News daily of Karachi was ordered to furnish a security deposit of Rs3000 by the Karachi Commissioner, NM Khan.
Three progressive periodicals - Savera (edited by Zaheer Kashmiri), Naqoosh (edited by Ahmed Nadim Qasmi) and Adab-i-Latif (edited by Mirza Adeeb) - were proscribed by the Muslim League government of Punjab for six months in 1948. This was the first attack on the freedom of press in the country (The Press in Chains - Zamir Jafri).
The Orient Press of India, a newswire founded by Syed Mohammad in 1942, was closed down in 1948 (The Press in Chains - Zamir Jafri).
In 1948, arrest warrants for Faiz Ahmed Faiz were issued for a news item published in Imroze, Lahore. He was set free honorably (The Press in Chains -Zamir Jafri).
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.
Zamir Qureshi, news manager PPI (then PPA), Lahore, was shot dead by unknown assailants in January 1965.
Kohistan, an Urdu daily edited by Nasim Hedjazi, was banned on 7 November 1963 for publishing "a false and baseless report".
The declaration of monthly Afkar, Karachi, edited by Sehba Luckhnawi, was cancelled in June 1965, under the Press and Publications Ordinance 1965 on the pretext that the magazine failed to appear consecutively for three months.
Edited by Shorish Kashmiri, weekly Chattan was closed down on 22 April 1968 under the Defence of Pakistan Rules.
The first-ever Urdu language journal, Jam-i-Jahan Numa, was published from Calcutta on March 27, 1822.
On December 25, 1952, The Evening Times (later Times of Karachi) published a front-page editorial and a cartoon accusing the government of plunging the country into chaos. On December 30 Z A Suleri, printer publisher Khurshid Alam, and cartoonist N.M. Katpal were arrested on charges of sedition.
The editor, one of its owners, and the printer of Pakistan Observer, a premier English daily published from Dacca, were arrested under the Public Safety Act in February 1952 for publishing an editorial severely criticizing Prime Minister Nazimuddin.
Three publishers and printers from Karachi – Rashid Ahmed Jilani of weekly Janhan-i-Nau, Mashood Ahmed Usmani and Mahmood Shaukat Usmani of the daily Asr-i-Jadid - were convicted on various press laws in 1952-53.
In 1952-53 a total of 50 newspapers were warned for publishing "objectionable matter or violation of press laws."
During the first seven years (1947-53) of Pakistan, in Punjab alone, 31 newspapers were banned.