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Blocking social media is no solution: IHC

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Monday while hearing petitions against blasphemous contents on social media said that blocking of social media in view of blasphemous content was not a solution. Appearing before the bench, the government contended that over 85 percent of blasphemous content had been removed […]


TV channel fined Rs1m over hate speech

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ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) has directed Bol TV and its anchor Aamir Liaquat, the host of “Aisa Nahi Chale Ga” programme, to tender an unconditional apology to viewers for airing hate speech against individuals (complainants) on or before March 31. “The Authority in exercise of its powers conferred inter alia […]


Media plays vital role in strengthening democracy: Marriyum

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has said that media has played a very positive role in strengthening democracy in the country and she was sanguine that it would continue to traverse the same course to highlight the positive image of progressive and prosperous Pakistan. She was talking to the representatives […]


Channel anchor’s talk declared hate speech

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Monday announced its decision with regard to Dr Amir Liaquat’s programme on Bol TV asking for airing apology by both the channel and the anchor before March 31, 2017. The decision was announced by the Pemra’s 127th meeting on the opinions and recommendations submitted by the joint […]


937 URLs, 10 websites of proscribed groups blocked

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ISLAMABAD:- Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have registered 17,562 cases and nabbed 19,289 persons to counter hate speech, extremist literature and misuse of loudspeaker as part of measures adopted under National Action Plan (NAP). The agencies concerned also sealed 70 shops and confiscated 5,141 equipment. According to data issued by Ministry of Interior showing implementation status of […]


Faking It

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The trend of airing fake news is spreading like wildfire. In an attempt to get more ratings and claim to be the first to air the news, media houses forget to crosscheck the authenticity of what is being reported. On March 22, nine TV channels aired fake news of a plane crash in Kallar Syedan […]


UN to be moved on blasphemous content on social media

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ISLAMABAD: A meeting of ambassadors of the Islamic countries held on Friday with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the chair decided to raise the issue of blasphemous content on social media in the United Nations. The meeting was convened by the interior minister on one-point agenda i.e. to discuss the blasphemous content on […]


Journalists’ killings: Pakistan stands sixth among 20 deadliest countries

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WASHINGTON: A recent report from the Committee to Protect Journalists has said 40 journalists have been killed in India and 60 in Pakistan in the last 25 years, reports foreign media. These numbers merely indicate cases that have been reported. All in all, the report says 1,234 journalists have been killed worldwide since 1992. The […]


Pemra issues notice to TV channel over remarks against PM

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued three show cause notices, including one to ARY News channel over comments on a statement by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Friday. The regulator took exception to remarks made by Shahid Latif, a guest on an ARY News programme, that termed a recent statement by the […]


Contempt petition against TV anchor rejected

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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking contempt proceedings against a private TV channel’s anchor. Social activist Jibran Nasir had sought contempt proceedings against Aamir Liaqat over his programme “Aisa Nahi Chaley Ga”, but the court observed that the petitioner failed to provide solid grounds for contempt proceedings against the anchor. […]


Petition against bloggers filed on basis of news in media, IHC told

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Wednesday while hearing petitions against blasphemous contents on social media said that this issue could affect security and integrity of Pakistan. The Ministry of Interior secretary sought some time for submitting a detailed report while the IHC bench said that the court, […]


Petition seeks judicial probe to determine facilitators of bloggers

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Islamabad  – A fresh petition in blasphemy matter was Tuesday moved in the Islamabad High Court seeking its direction to constitute a judicial commission to determine as to who were responsible to facilitate and escort the alleged five blasphemer bloggers. The petition was moved by civil society through its President Muhammad Tahir who nominated federation through […]


Afzal Butt, Sarhandi elected PFUJ president, SG

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QUETTA: The election process of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) for the two-year term 2017-19 was completed here on Monday. Afzal Butt and Ayub Jan Sarhandi were elected as the president and secretary general, respectively. Also, 25 members of the PFUJ Federal Executive Council (FEC) have been elected. The three-day biennial delegates meeting (BDM) […]


Pemra orders suspension of Zara Hut Kay for three days

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has ordered the suspension of Zara Hut Kay, a Dawn News programme, for three days with effect from Wednesday (March 22). The regulator made the decision under section 27 of the Pemra Ordinance 2002 after a brief hearing held in Pemra’s head office on March 17. It […]