Women journalists speak up against digital abuse with one voice — Enough is enough! 

01:01 AM | 8 Sep, 2020
Women journalists speak up against digital abuse with one voice — Enough is enough! 
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After facing slur and abuse for years, both online and in-person, women journalists have started speaking up, pointing fingers to trolls those in government quarters, political activists, and social media cells of political parties.

These attacks often in the form of coordinated campaigns are “increasingly impacting our work, mental wellbeing and security”, reads an open letter, signed by dozens of women journalists of Pakistan. The letters explain the nature of attacks, which include “gender-based and sexualized abuse, discrediting, targeting and persecution … The kind of trolling and unfettered vulgarity being experienced subverts every norm of decency with no law enforcement agency, government, or any political party taking notice or action of what is clearly transgressing all limits of decency and subverting every ethical standard”. 

The letter details the reasons behind these attacks on women in media, which often stem from their reporting on critical issues that may offend a political party. They come under attack for differing from the government or a political party’s position on any given issue. On a few occasions, women journalists’ pictures and videos are made viral following with gender-based slurs, threats of sexual and physical violence. In the attacks, these journalists’ family members and colleagues’ families are not spared. In the age of photoshop and software which can doctor and distort videos, it is easy to make a simple video or photograph dubious.  

“In this context, we demand that we are told what the official mandate of the social media cells of the federal and provincial governments operating on tax-payers money is. Often, it seems like the mandate of these social media cells is to discredit journalists and analysts, without any evidence. We also demand that all other political parties and institutions ensure verifiable transparency regarding the mandate and operations of their respective social media wings. The Election Commission of Pakistan should demand all political parties to submit detailed workings of their social media cells”, reads the letter.  

The women journalists demand that the government and all political parties draw up and adopt a code of conduct for social media teams of political parties, public bodies and other public/state institutions; investigate within to identify networks which have been prominently engaged in launching and running coordinated attacks, hashtag campaigns and abusive campaigns against women in the media; initiate investigation and take action against those officials for whom there is evidence available that they are directly or indirectly engaged in the discrediting and harassing women in media; Whenever a journalist lodges a complaint with Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) or the police regarding intimidation, threats and other forms of digital abuse, the case(s) should be processed fairly and efficiently, without any pressure to withdraw or an environment of victim-blaming; the Cyber Crime Wing at the FIA must set up dedicated desks to facilitate registration of cases of digital violence against women; the Journalist Protection Bill should be cognizant of the digital threats and violence against journalists and facilitate effective investigations of digital crimes against journalists.

All stakeholders and those involved (as mentioned in para 2) should be made to adhere to a culture of no tolerance to digital abuse; and finally, we urge the government not to use this statement as an excuse to introduce further regulations and curbs for social media. We believe that the PTI, as the ruling party holds primary responsibility to set the tone for progressive, positive, and inclusive political discourse and should lead by example.

The letter carries the signatures of Nasim Zehra (24 News), Quatrina Hosain (PTV),  Seema Tahir (CEO News One), Asma Shirazi (Aaj News), Meher Bokhari (Dawn News), Maria Memon (ARY News), Fereeha Idress (AbbTak News), Gharidah Farooqi (News One), Tanzeela Mazhar (GTV), Yashfeen Jamal (Qalam-Camera), Javeria Siddique (TRT), Farhat Rabbani (BBC), Shiffa Yousufzai (HUM News), Madiha Naqvi (ARY News), Neelum Nawab (DIN News), Sana Bucha (Aaj tv), Nadiya Mirza (PTV News), Maria Zulfiqar (HUM News), Beenish Saleem (Neo News), Farah Sadia (ATV/Public News),  Afshan Qureshi from Daily Jinan, Batul Rajput, Freelancer,  Sadaf Jabbar, ARY News, Farah Iqrar, Samaa News, Sadaf Khan, Media Matters Nausheen Yousaf, Geo News, Shazia Sikandar, Fmr. PTV Urooj Raza Siami, Roze TV, Aalia Shah, DW  Aniqa Nisar, Capital TV, Iffat Rizvi, Independent & DW,  Rashida Sial, AbbTak, Zahra Noor Abbas, AbbTak,  Huma Amir Shah, Geo News, Aneela Khan, Independent,  Mehr Tarar, AbbTak ,Alia Jawad, Geo Sports,  Nabeela Hafiz, VoP,  Nargis Janjua, Daily Jinan,  Sadia Kamal, APP, Shazia Nayyar, Aap News Maleeha Hashmi, freelance , Aneela Mehmood, Shamim Ashraf Daily Kashmir, Shazia Tahir, Freelancer ,Sabahat Khan, DW Pernia Khan, BBC Irfana Yasser, BBC Urdu, Nadia Suleman, BBC Urdu Shumaila Jaffery, BBC Nazish Zafar, BBC  Munazza Anwar, BBC Sana Asif Dar, BBC Nadia Murtaza, Dawn News,  Ambreen Fatima, Nawa e Waqt,  Sophiya Anjam PTV/FM 91,  Beenish Jawed, Online Journalist Ayesha Shoaib, Neo News, Mona Khan, Independent, Ghazala Naureen, AbbTak,  Zaryab Arif, Hum News  Maria Shirazi, The News Int’l Afshan Qureshi, Daily Jinan Rameeza Ahmad, Freelancer Fatima Nazish, Hum News  Sumeera Ali, GNN News  Shazia, Express TV Wajiha, Dawn News Rabia Shahab, Dawn News   Asiya Ansar, BBC Urdu Huda Ikram, BBC Urdu Sarah Hasan, VOA   Ayesha Ehtisham, Neo News Fatima Ali, Independent Urdu  Noreen Zahra, Geo News 
 Sumaira Latif, Geo News Saima Sajjad, Geo News Zeynep Gürcan, CFWIJ  Kiran Nazish, CFWIJ Lubna Jerar Naqvi, KUJ Samreen Hameed, Geo News   Sumeira Khan, Indus News Sanovia Chaudhry, Geo News Uneeba Zamir Shah, Geo News,         Fatima Saleem, Geo News, Dilrukshi Handunnetti (Sri Lanka) Hamna Malik, Voice of Balochistan, Laiba Zainab, Sujag Naheed Jahangir, Tribal News, Asma Ali Zain, Arab News, Sana Jamal, Gulf News Sehrish Khokar, ARY News Madiha Abid Ali, Dunya News, Mona Khan, Independent Urdu, Sehrish Lodhi, PTV,  Diya Rehman, Radio Pakistan, Shafaq Iqbal, Nawa-e-Waqt, Irum Zaeem, Samaa TV Sitara Jabeen, TRT World, Moneeba Iftekhar, APP, Riffat Shah, Aap News Tanzeela Rania, Aaj News.                  


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 9 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 307
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Japanese Yen JPY 3.41 3.52
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 746.71
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold remains under pressure in Pakistan; Check today gold rates here

Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 9 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Karachi PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Islamabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Peshawar PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Quetta PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sialkot PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Attock PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujranwala PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Jehlum PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Multan PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Bahawalpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujrat PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nawabshah PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Chakwal PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Hyderabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nowshehra PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sargodha PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Faisalabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Mirpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530


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