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In crude intimidatory tactic, state ads withheld from Pakistani daily

first_img“It is unacceptable that a newspaper that just reports undisputed facts in the public interest should be punished with such a drastic form of economic strangulation,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We unreservedly condemn this crude intimidatory tactic designed to dictate the editorial line journalists should take. This method, which bears the military establishment’s hallmark, harks back to the worst moments of military dictatorship in Pakistan.” Iqbal Khattak of Freedom Network, RSF’s partner NGO in Pakistan, added: “This civilian government won the 2018 election with the slogan ‘Tabdeeli’ (Change) but the decision to withdraw all state advertising from the newspaper Dawn is a blatant continuation of governmental news control methods. We urge Prime Minister Imran Khan to intercede personally to end this unjustified measure and to defend press freedom in Pakistan.” Still speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of the Dawn group’s management told RSF that, for the past two and a half years, Dawn had received absolutely no advertising from commercial entities linked to the military, such as the Fauzi and Askari groups, whose activities include banking, energy, food processing and construction. PakistanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure Organisation May 23, 2019 In crude intimidatory tactic, state ads withheld from Pakistani daily RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan Help by sharing this information April 21, 2021 Find out more Dawn’s story was based on quotes from the official transcript of the press conference but certain government officials clearly did not like the angle taken by the newspaper’s reporters, or the fact that what the prime minister said while abroad was being reproduced for domestic readers. The authorities have offered no explanation for their treatment of Dawn but the newspaper thinks it knows the reason. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of its management told RSF: “Our understanding is that this ad ban started a day after we published Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments at a press conference in Tehran, when he said militants based in Pakistan had been involved in attacks inside Iran.” News Receive email alerts “There have been instances in which one of these companies has reserved advertising space in one of Dawn’s supplements and then withdrawn the order at the last minute without giving any reason,” the source said. Journalists are exposed to reprisals if they venture across the red lines imposed by the military, which include any criticism – even implicit ­– of the armed forces or government, any reference to movements that defend the rights of minorities, and even any mention of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the military’s bugbear. News Red lines This was retaliation for an earlier offence in October 2016, when Dawn dared to publish a story containing explosive details of the way the military and intelligence agencies defy the civilian government. The story’s author, Cyril Almeida, and editor Zaffar Abbas were threatened with serious reprisals and Dawn has been in the deep state’s sights ever since. Launched in 1941 as part of the fight against British colonialism, Dawn is now one of the last bastions of press freedom in Pakistan. It was because of an interview with Sharif that Dawn deputy editor Cyril Almeida was charged with treason last September. Distribution of the newspaper was arbitrarily blocked when the interview was published on 12 May 2018. This is also an effective way to jeopardize a newspaper’s survivability, as advertisers are reluctant to buy space in a publication whose circulation is being restricted. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists In one of the most insidious forms of coercion, Dawn was suddenly deprived of any income from federal government advertising on 24 April. Its sister media outlet, DawnNews TV, was subjected to the same treatment two days later. News control to go further As Pakistan is a country where almost no advertising revenue is available from a fledgling private sector independent of the government, this advertising ban poses a grave threat to the media group’s economic viability. Last bastion PakistanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure The month-old withdrawal of advertising from the Dawn group is typical of the harassment, intimidation and censorship methods used by Pakistan’s “deep state,” a euphemism for its armed forces and intelligence services, which cannot stand journalistic freedom. After falling three places, Pakistan is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index which RSF published last month, drawing attention to the “cycle of fear” that has taken hold in many countries. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the withdrawal of state advertising from Pakistan’s prestigious daily Dawn for the past month, and calls for an end to this method of pressure and intimidation, which is jeopardizing the editorial independence of the country’s oldest newspaper. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Launched in 1941 by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the Pakistani nation, Dawn is the country’s oldest and most prestigious newspaper. The cartoon (right) that was published on this year’s World Press Freedom Day (3 May) succinctly shows what happens to media outlets that dare to cross the notorious “red lines” (photo: Rizwan Tabassum / AFP – Cartoon: RK / Dawn). 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Four Reporters Without Borders activists released

first_img News News April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on China Four Reporters Without Borders activists were detained today just after they had displayed mock detour signs for the Chinese delegation attending a summit with the EU. The delegation was symbolically redirected towards the International Criminal Court. Reporters Without Borders wanted to draw EU leaders’ attention to the 26 journalists and 62 cyber-dissidents imprisoned in China. March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation Four Reporters Without Borders activists who were arrested by Dutch policein The Hague on 8 December were released after being held in separate cellsfor the legal maximum of six hours.They were arrested after they hung mock detour signs symbolicallyredirecting the Chinese delegation to the EU-China summit to theInternational Criminal Court (ICC). The signs were hung in front of thebuilding where the summit was being held, at a road intersection which theChinese delegation had passed a few minutes earlier.______________________________________________________________08.11.2004The Hague police detain four Reporters Without Borders activists in China protestFour Reporters Without Borders activists were detained by police in The Hague this morning just after they had displayed mock detour signs (see image below) symbolically redirecting a visiting delegation from China towards the International Criminal Court (ICC). The signs were unfurled outside the building where the Chinese delegation is participating in a summit with the European Union. The delegation had passed the intersection a few minutes before the arrests took place.center_img to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes The government of Premier Wen Jiabao, head of the Chinese delegation to The Hague, is responsible for massive and systematic crimes against freedom of expression, said the worldwide press freedom organisation. Its leaders should therefore present themselves before the ICC, for the international justice that the People’s Republic has used every possible means to stifle.The organisation aims to draw the attention of European authorities and public opinion to the state of freedom of the press and expression on the Internet in China. At least 26 journalists and 62 cyberdissidents are currently imprisoned in the country.It earlier urged the European delegation, particularly European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, to call for the release of these prisoners of opinion and for an end to censorship of the press and Internet in China. News ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures December 8, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four Reporters Without Borders activists releasedlast_img read more