Provincial supreme court rejects Geo TV’s request for lifting of ban

first_imgNews PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Receive email alerts Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News Follow the news on Pakistan News to go further April 21, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire December 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial supreme court rejects Geo TV’s request for lifting of ban PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the Sindh province supreme court’s decision on 4 December to reject two petitions by the Geo TV group challenging a broadcast ban on its channels. The court accepted deputy attorney-general Rizwan Ahmed Siddiqui’s argument that the ban was imposed after the declaration of a state of emergency giving the government the right to take any action to maintain law and order.The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists said the ruling was a message from the government that the ban, which threatens 1,200 jobs, was not going to be lifted any time soon. Geo TV is part of the Jang media group. Its channels are the only ones still subject to the cable distribution ban imposed when the state of emergency was declared on 3 November.______________________________________30.11.2007Open letter to Musharraf saying it is time to allow Geo TV and independent radios to resume broadcastingReporters Without Borders wrote today to President Pervez Musharraf asking him to quickly rescind his ban on the Geo TV group’s various television stations and two independent radio stations, Power99 FM and Mast Fm 103.Mr. Pervez MusharrafPresidentIslamabadRepublic of PakistanDear Mr. President,The authorities in Dubai have just given the privately-owned TV station Geo News permission to resume broadcasting from the Emirate but its programmes are still banned in Pakistan. Your government is also preventing broadcasting by two privately-owned radio stations, whose equipment was seized when the state of emergency was imposed.We hail the Dubai government’s decision to restore Geo News’s rights. Your government must now quickly follow this example and allow Pakistani cable operators to resume distribution of all of Geo TV’s stations. Similarly, the sanctions that were unfairly imposed on the Pakistani news radio stations, Power99 FM and Mast FM 103, must be lifted immediately.Amina Rustamani of the Dubai Media Centre announced yesterday that the Geo TV’s Geo News is again authorised to broadcast from the Emirate. “Geo News will resume broadcasting at midnight from the Dubai Media Centre following productive discussion between the two parties,” Rustamani said. In Pakistan, the only people with access to Geo TV’s stations are those with satellite dishes, the importation of which is restricted.As well as blocking Geo News, your government has also banned the broadcasts of the group’s sports, entertainment and youth channels. “They are trying to strangle us financially by all possible means,” Geo TV president Imran Aslam told us in a letter. “We are losing half a million dollars a day, a figure the government is well aware of and which must have been factored into its calculations,” he wrote. “We are ready to dialogue with honour, but we will not submit to any humiliating accord and to conditions that undermine our credibility.”On 5 November, Geo TV petitioned the Sindh high court to lift the ban, but the government’s representative is sidestepping any substantive debate and on 27 November, the government again claimed that it did not know why the station was blocked.The Association of Independent Radio (AIR) has condemned the plight of Power99 FM and Mast FM 103 resulting from the seizure of their equipment on 3 November. “It was the editorial line of these two radio stations, above all, the attention they paid to current affairs, that prompted their closure,” AIR chairman Najib Ahmed said. Employees at the two stations told Reporters Without Borders that the government has done nothing to enable them to resume broadcasting. Although they were very popular, both because of their own news programmes and their retransmission of the Urdu-language news programmes of the BBC and Deutsche Welle, they are now on the verge of bankruptcy.We are shocked by the methodical way your government has persecuted Geo TV and the independent radio stations. It seems that the sanctions aimed at bankrupting these independent companies are linked to their refusal to bow to certain dictates, in particular, the code of conduct established after the declaration of the state of emergency.Mr. President, the arbitrary manner in which these popular and respected news media are being treatment is having disastrous consequences for your country’s international image and for the hundreds of Pakistani journalists who risk losing their jobs.As you have announced that the state of emergency is to be lifted soon, we urge you, as a goodwill gesture, to restore all of Geo TV’s stations as well as Power99 FM and Mast FM 103.We trust in your commitment to press freedom.Sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary-General January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

It’s hip in the square

first_imgStyle in Boston?You’d better believe it, says Kristen Uekermann.It was 2011, the year that GQ magazine dubbed Boston the least fashionable U.S. city, when Uekermann debuted The Boston Fashionista, a blog chronicling her personal style as well as the city’s fashionable goings-on.“Whoever says the Boston area has terrible style has never strolled through Harvard Square on a Sunday afternoon,” she said. “You can see a whole range of style, from rockers to vintage, high-fashion to library-chic. When I think of typical Boston style, I think ‘next-generation Brahmin.’ Bostonians nod to classic styles and cuts, but they make those pieces more modern by wearing them in interesting colors and fabrics.”Uekermann, who was recently named assistant director for faculty and academic affairs in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology after serving for 2½ years as a department administrator at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, is one of a pack of popular, Harvard-connected style bloggers working to change the city’s fashion-backward reputation.There was Martini Severin, whose Beyond Boston Chic jumped the pond once Severin graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and moved to London. And Emily Xie ’12 and Colin Teo, who founded Books & Liquor in 2010 when they were still undergraduates.A lot has changed since 2011, though, and The Boston Fashionista has taken off. The fashion brand ECCO has whisked Uekermann away to Copenhagen Fashion Week. She has hosted events with Lucky and Vogue magazines. And last year she partnered with H&M to launch its U.S. website.Still, an early fascination with style does not a fashionista make. Growing up in Tulsa, Okla., Uekermann hoarded iconic fashion tomes like Vogue while attending Catholic school, where “I wore a plaid skirt and a blazer every day.” She had no experience in translating what she saw in those glossy spreads into real life.“When I got to college, I had no idea what to wear to class,” she said.Uekermann eventually figured things out and left Oklahoma for Boston to work on John Kerry’s presidential campaign. She liked Boston so much that she ended up staying. (Her husband is Raymond Coderre, assistant dean for faculty affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.)“At the time, I didn’t have any kind of creative outlet, and so I started the blog in March of 2011,” she recalled. “It was really a way to try to meet other people in New England and the Boston area who were interested in fashion. I wanted the blog to be relevant to where I lived, and to feature local designers and local fashion entrepreneurs and shop owners. There’s a lot that goes on around here, but you have to look for it a little bit.”The Boston Fashionista nets more than 20,000 page views a month, according to Uekermann. Fashionable practicality is key.“The outfits I wear on the blog are all outfits I wear to work or wear on the weekend,” she said. “It’s all real. And what I discuss on the blog are things that people wonder about: What do you wear when it’s going to be icky in the morning and beautiful later? That’s such a New England thing! What do I do when I have to wear a giant puffy coat for four months out of the year?”Helping women to achieve stylishness during Boston’s decidedly unglamorous winters is Uekermann’s specialty. Invest in a beautiful, warm coat, she advises. “Make sure it’s the nicest that you can afford because you’ll be wearing it every day for months, and that’s what people will see you in,” she said. “Boston is a city that appreciates the form and function of our clothes — you have to when you’re navigating cobblestone streets in a blizzard! We’re more likely to wear beautiful flat boots than sky-high, cutting-edge stilettos.”In her new post stem cell post, Uekermann will work with the faculty on appointments, promotions, new faculty initiatives, and policies. It’s serious stuff, but Uekermann argues that fashion is just as vital.“Sometimes people think fashion is silly or unimportant, but we have to get dressed every morning. We have to wear clothes every day, everywhere we go … So if we’re living our lives in this stuff, why don’t we have some fun with it?”last_img read more

Talisay City’s No. 10 drug suspect falls

first_imgResident Charlie Delovio yielded suspected shabu weighing about three grams valued at around P20,400, a police report showed. Delovio was nabbed after he sold suspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer around 6:15 p.m. on July 26, it added. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Talisay City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN BACOLOD City – A buy-bust operation in Barangay Zone 14, Talisay City, Negros Occidental resulted in the arrest of a man tagged as the No. 10 drug personality in the city’s police station.last_img