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Minister lauds media role for country

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KARACHI: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday underlined the need for joint efforts for a ‘democratic’ and ‘stable’ Pakistan. “The government believes in media freedom, but journalism with responsibility is need of the hour,” said the minister while talking to the office-bearers and members of the Council of Pakistan […]


Right to information and security

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By: Ayesha Jawad & Khushboo Ejaz The recent wave of erosion of freedom of information (FOI) laws in Pakistan, has not only given citizens qualified right of access to information held by public institutions but have also triggered challenges for the government. Undoubtedly, this transformation has not only enhanced the vision and access of the public […]


Laws for journalists: ‘Govt believes in freedom of expression’

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the government believes in the freedom of expression. Talking to media on Wednesday, she said that the freedom of expression is imperative to take society forward. She said that it is responsibility of the media to follow the code of conduct and media […]


PPF Weekly Media Content Monitoring Report of November 21-27

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Freedom of Expression and media regulation news captured much space in the print and electronic media during the week. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA’s) harsh steps  were witnessed in curbing freedom of expression by suspending licences of two channels Neo News and Din News; while imposing fine on Sach TV along with both suspended […]


SC asks news channel to file amended apology stating news was false, fabricated

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Mian Saqib Nisar of Supreme Court Monday said the judiciary also respected the media but it should not be maligned as it was also one of the pillars of the state. The observation came during the hearing of a suo moto case against the management of a private news channel for airing false […]


Two television channels suspended by state regulator

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Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (Pemra), the broadcast media regulatory body, has suspended and imposed fines on two television channels and fined another channel for slandering the superior judiciary of Pakistan.   Pemra had issued show cause notices to Neo News, Din News and Sach TV on November 19, 2016 and asked to submit […]


PEMRA suspends licences of three channels

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ISLAMABAD: PEMRA on Saturday suspended licences of Din News and Neo TV and fined them Rs1 million each for leveling baseless allegations against a Supreme Court judge. Similarly, Sach TV has also been fined Rs1 million for airing remarks of caller Ali Nawaz. The three TV channels were issued notices on November 19 for airing irresponsible […]


The case of the DTH auction

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There’s a certain pride to be taken in breaking unjust – or, even worse, silly – laws. I used to be the proud owner of an outlawed Direct To Home satellite dish. I refer to it in the past tense even though it’s still lying around somewhere because it is only of use as a […]


DTH auction to fetch govt Rs14.7 billion

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ISLAMABAD: The first auction of licences for direct-to-home (DTH) television services successfully concluded early on Thursday morning, fetching the national exchequer around Rs14.7 billion. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) announced that the successful bidders for the three licences were MAG Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Lahore, with the bid of Rs4.91 billion, Star Times Pakistan […]