Journalism Pakistan
Newsroom Pakistan: PFUJ condemns murder of Aaj News reporter Malik Hassan ZaibNewsroom Pakistan: Motorcycle assailants kill journalist Malik Hassan Zaib in NowsheraJSchool: Exciting media careers for fresh graduatesNewsroom Pakistan: Suno TV censors PTI leader Zartaj Gul's scarf featuring Imran KhanNewsroom Pakistan: Influencer Junaid Akram apologizes for paid promotion of Punjab GovernmentWorld: Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after reporting corruptionNewsroom Pakistan: Dictatorship and Drawing: Akhtar Shah's satirical journey through martial lawsNewsroom Pakistan: Absa Komal condemns sexist remarks during talk show appearanceWorld: Over 60 media and civil society organizations call for open access to GazaCensorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAEAsia: Journalists face charges in India for reporting alleged police misconduct and mob lynchingNewsroom Pakistan: Paid Praise: How government endorsements by influencers violated ethical standards

Anonymous SMS threatens hundreds of journalists in Iran

 JournalismPakistan.com |  Published July 02, 2016

Join our WhatsApp channel

Anonymous SMS threatens hundreds of journalists in Iran

TEHRAN  - Hundreds of journalists in Iran have received an anonymous text message warning against contact with "hostile" organizations outside the country, the ISNA news agency reported.

"All contact and collaboration with hostile elements based abroad, by mail or other methods of communication, is a crime and will be brought to justice. This SMS is the last warning," the message said. Iranian media reported that as many as 700 journalists and public figures received the SMS on Friday evening.

Lawmaker Ali Motahari said the message had "created worry among journalists."

"The intelligence ministry cyber-police must find the origin of this SMS and inform the public, and the judiciary must act against those responsible," he said.

"The Press Supervisory Board is responsible for the media and other bodies must not interfere."

Some journalists who received the message said on social media that they would lodge complaints.

Iran bans its citizens from having any contact with Persian-language media based overseas, including the BBC's Persian service and Voice of America.

In April, an Iranian court sentenced four journalists arrested in November 2015 to between five and 10 years in prison for "colluding" with foreign governments and harming "national security".

The journalists, some of whom work for reformist media outlets, were part of a group arrested by the elite Revolutionary Guard, which accused them of being "members of a network of infiltrators linked to Western governments" it said were hostile to the Islamic republic.

Iran last month accused a British-Iranian woman, an employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation which supports journalists around the world, of seeking to overthrow the government.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was accused of being "involved in the soft overthrow of the Islamic republic through... her membership in foreign companies and institutions," the Mizan news agency, which is close to the judiciary, reported.

Freedom House in April ranked Iran among the 10 least free countries in the world. Satellite dishes are illegal and Persian-language broadcasts from outside the country are often jammed, it said. - AFP

PFUJ condemns murder of Aaj News reporter Hassan ZaibPFUJ condemns murder of Aaj News reporter Hassan Zaib

 July 14, 2024:  The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) condemns the murder of Hassan Zaib, an Aaj News reporter, and demands immediate g...

Motorcycle assailants kill journalist Malik Hassan Zaib in NowsheraMotorcycle assailants kill journalist Malik Hassan Zaib in Nowshera

 July 14, 2024:  In Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, journalist Malik Hassan Zaib was shot and killed by motorcycle assailants. The Khyber Union of Jo...

Suno TV censors PTI leader Zartaj Gul's scarf featuring Imran KhanSuno TV censors PTI leader Zartaj Gul's scarf featuring Imran Khan

 July 13, 2024:  In a blatant display of media censorship, Suno TV blurred images of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on a scarf worn by PTI leader...

Influencer Junaid Akram apologizes for paid promotion of Punjab GovernmentInfluencer Junaid Akram apologizes for paid promotion of Punjab Government

 July 13, 2024:  Junaid Akram, a popular vlogger with 1.15 million subscribers on YouTube, has publicly apologized for a video where he praised the...

Dictatorship and Drawing: Akhtar Shah's satirical journey through martial lawsDictatorship and Drawing: Akhtar Shah's satirical journey through martial laws

 July 12, 2024:  Explore the journey of Akhtar Shah, a renowned satirical cartoonist in Pakistan, as he shares his early inspirations, creative pro...

Absa Komal condemns sexist remarks during talk show appearanceAbsa Komal condemns sexist remarks during talk show appearance

 July 12, 2024:  Dawn News TV anchor Absa Komal has spoken out against the persistent sexism she faces in the media industry. Highlighting an incid...

Paid Praise: How government endorsements by influencers violated ethical standardsPaid Praise: How government endorsements by influencers violated ethical standards

 July 11, 2024:  The recent controversy in Punjab where actors and social media influencers were paid to praise the government's 100 days in office...

Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib alleges abuse by husband, FIR filedAnchor Ayesha Jahanzaib alleges abuse by husband, FIR filed

 July 10, 2024:  Prominent anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib has revealed that she has been subjected to months of domestic abuse by her husband, Haris Ali, ...

Newsroom
Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after reporting corruption

Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after reporting corruption

 July 12, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi, who was arrested in Tripoli. CPJ condemns the lack of information on his detention and demands his safe return. Al-Sanussi is known for reporting on local politics and government corruption.

Over 60 media and civil society organizations call for open access to Gaza

Over 60 media and civil society organizations call for open access to Gaza

 July 12, 2024 More than 60 media and civil society organizations, including The New York Times, BBC, and CNN, have signed an open letter urging Israel to grant independent access to Gaza for journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists coordinated the letter amid rising concerns over press freedom and misinformation.

Censorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAE

Censorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAE

 July 11, 2024 Explore the challenges and opportunities expat journalists face in the UAE, with insights from Imran Naeem Ahmad, a former Gulf News journalist. Discover the impact of censorship, career prospects, and the reality of working for leading newspapers like Khaleej Times and Gulf News in Dubai.

Journalists face charges in India for reporting alleged police misconduct and mob lynching

Journalists face charges in India for reporting alleged police misconduct and mob lynching

 July 11, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calls on Uttar Pradesh police to drop their investigation into journalists Zakir Ali Tyagi and Wasim Akram Tyagi. The journalists are accused of inciting religious enmity through social media posts about a Muslim resident's death in an alleged mob lynching.

Censorship in India: Media's battle for freedom under Prime Minister Modi

Censorship in India: Media's battle for freedom under Prime Minister Modi

 July 11, 2024 Since Narendra Modi took office, Indian media has faced increasing censorship and government control. This article examines media suppression and highlights the strategies journalists and news organizations use to navigate these challenges, preserving press freedom in India.