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Pakistani media’s misplaced priorities

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The Pakistani media follows a certain template. Pick any newspaper in the morning or tune in to any news channel in the evening, stories related to politics always make it to the front pages and primetime news bulletins. Read articles in any newspaper or watch any talk show on TV, only one issue dominates — politics. It […]


Where our media stands

There are three traditional pillars of any state: legislature, executive and judiciary. They enact laws, apply them and also interpret the same. The media is considered as the ‘fourth pillar’ of any state and plays an exceptionally important role in disseminating, informing, educating and reforming society in a larger perspective. Objectivity, truthfulness, fairness and impartiality […]


SHC seeks lists of civil servants working in the media

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HYDERABAD: The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered on Friday the provincial government to submit lists of government servants working as journalists in all administrative divisions of Sindh. The bench, comprising Justice Salahuddin Panhwar and Justice Fahim Ahmed Siddiqi, gave a final warning to the provincial additional advocate-general after the Hyderabad commissioner submitted the list for nine districts […]


Media capture: not inevitable

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Media capture is the result not just of technological and market forces, but of political choices made by political and business leaders. It is a complex problem, but not inevitable. Exacerbated by the economic weakness of the traditional news business and the growing concentration of ownership of media industries, media capture has become one of the […]


One rogue DG caused ‘press gagging’ debacle: Marriyum Aurangzeb

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ISLAMABAD: A director general of the information ministry was solely responsible for whatever transpired with the Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) and the consequent drafting of a law curbing press freedom happened without the knowledge of the secretary or the minister. This detail, according to Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Marriyum Aurangzeb, […]


IHC suspends proceedings against media group

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ISLAMABAD: A bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here Wednesday stayed proceedings against Jang/Geo group in a case where Ms Axact Private Limited filed a criminal complaint against the largest media group at district courts of Islamabad for publishing a news article regarding the conviction of an Axact fake degree scandal character Umair Hamid. […]


Freedom of expression: Official responsible for press law alarm identified

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Arangzeb revealed on Tuesday a senior officer had been found responsible for a recent controversy about proposed amendments to the Press Council of Pakistan Ordinance to regulate the print media. Sharing the outcome of a fact-finding inquiry into the matter, she said at a news conference that […]


Jang Media Group wins South Asian Digita Media Awards

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CHENNAI: The Jang Media Group won the South Asian Digital Awards 2017 for its augmented reality app Jang Real, in a ceremony recently held in Chennai, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) to recognise the best practices in digital publishing worldwide. Newspapers from Malaysia, India and Bangladesh clinched awards in […]


Tribal journalists imparted first-aid training

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BARA: Tribal journalists were imparted first-aid training to educate them about basic lifesaving techniques. The three-day training was organised by the Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC), Fata chapter in Peshawar. A total of 15 journalists from all seven Fata agencies and Frontier Regions (FRs) took part in training. Speaking on the occasion as a chief guest, […]


Media not allowed to enter polling stations, allege journalists

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LAHORE: Journalists and workers of different observatory bodies have alleged that they were refused entry into polling stations to monitor the election process despite having accreditation cards issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). “This is tantamount to curbing freedom of media and put the whole election process into doubt,” Rai Shahnawaz, a reporter of […]


‘Media should deal with sensitive issues responsibly’

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BUREWALA: Highlighting the role and responsibilities of media, members of rights organisations stressed media should play help unite the nation rather than spreading interfaith hatred and misunderstandings. They expressed these views while commenting on the news of the death of a 9th grade Christian student in Burewala. They were of the view that now a days, […]


Publications law

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THE framing of laws and the ambit of their application is always a delicate balancing act. After the media managed to see off the threat posed by a draft law targeting the press, another, albeit somewhat less worrisome, challenge has come up. It appears that the draft Sindh Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Act, […]


Censorship? Never again…

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IT may have been an abortive attempt, given that it had to be abandoned due to the outrage expressed in the media, but that someone in the corridors of power was willing to make a crude, sinister attempt to muzzle the press in the country is reason enough to trigger alarm bells. Once the draft […]


Sindh drafts law to regulate registration of papers, printing presses, books

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KARACHI: With the concurrent list abolished in the wake of the adoption of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, the Sindh government has drafted a law to regulate registration of newspapers, news agencies, printing presses and books that on paper appears to be tougher than the existing laws. “By regulating printing presses in the province, […]