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ATF annual general meeting to be held in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (APP): The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) has announced that the 2016 AGM of the ATF shall be held in Pakistan, first time in the country’s history. The meeting of the apex body for the sport in the Asia/Oceania Zone,  with some 44 member nations was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on November  28 and 29.
Afridi soars in T20I rankings despite series loss
ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (APP): Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has made some valuable gains in the latest ICC T20I Player Rankings, which were released following Pakistan 3-0 series defeat to England, which concluded in Sharjah on Monday night. The prolific 35-year-old all-rounder, who became the highest  wicket-taker in T20I history during the series (with 88 wickets in 87 matches to date), has climbed up one place to second in the all-rounder rankings and is 32 points behind Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan.
Former cricketers criticize Pakistan teamís approach in T20 series
ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (APP): Former cricketers have criticized Pakistan team approach in the T20 series against England saying that they were unable to understand as to which direction the team is moving. England defeated Pakistan in the super over to complete the Twenty20 series whitewash on late Thursday in Sharjah.
Pakistanís 3-0 loss vs England creates bleak scenario for World T20
KARACHI, Dec 1 (APP): Pakistan’s 3-0 humiliation at the hands of England has created a bleak scenario ahead of ICC World Twenty20 Championship, former chief coach and Test opener Mohsin Khan said on Tuesday. “Pakistan should have outplayed England in all departments of T20 series.
Pakistan slips to sixth slot in ICC T20 rankings
ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (APP): Pakistan has moved to 6th slot from 2nd in the fresh T20 rankings after losing three-match series against England.Pakistan on Tuesday lost the last match of the series against England as the visitors clinched the match in super over after the close encounter ended up as tie in the normal 20 overs.

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Appointment of News Ombudsman by a media group hailed PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD Oct 31 (APP): The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has welcomed the inovative decision of Express Group for creating a mechanism to safeguard principles and cause of journalistic integrity and transparency by appointing an ombudsman in the institution, a news release said here Sunday.Hailing the Express Group announcement for appointment of Ombudsman PFUJ said “at a time when many media organizations seem to suffer from a disconnect from their audiences, ombudsmen are a unique demonstration that a media organization takes its commitment to the public seriously.”

The PFUJ expressed the hope that the spirit behind the appointment of Ombudsman should be translated in to as per its objectives.
Commenting on the commitment of the Express Group “in the interest of  promoting journalistic integrity and transparency, The Express Tribune will have  Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as ombudsman for the paper”,  the PFUJ said  that complainants of irresponsible journalism, scuffles, and open criticism of  the coverage and publications of the news, talk shows, comments have become order  of the day and public resentment as well as criticism is now an open secret.
In this scenario, the PFUJ said the move of the Express Group is appreciable which would go a long way to uphold standard in the profession.
The PFUJ said at present one of the major cause of declining professional standards was due to damage done to the institution of the “Editor” over the years, non-existence of Code of Ethics and open violation of basic principle of airing contents of news and publications without proper check or verification.
The PFUJ also hailed the selection of Mr. Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, who is a respected, well-known jurist and constitutional expert, besides  champion of human rights and freedom of expression and independence of the press.
The PFUJ said print and electronic media have certain social obligations and  top most responsibility of the media is to keep the people fully abreast about  true facts without any prejudice and bias and scandalizing the issue and creating
chaos for achieving personal motives.
The PFUJ stressed upon other media houses also to follow the suit and adopt  such mechanism to safeguard the interests of readers and the viewers. At the same  time the PFUJ urged the group and other media houses that time has come when they
should themselves realize the importance of rule of law, in their organizations, implement labour laws, ensure fair wages to their workers, and to formulate a gender policy, and to provide security and safety to media persons.
Unless media houses do not introduce culture of fairness of collections of news material and facts through fairly paid and professional skills, the dream of “fairness in media cannot be achieved and all such measures would prove a non-starter and cannot enhance the deteriorating image of media in society,” the PFUJ warned.
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