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Pemra bars channel from commenting on SJC issue

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued a directive to ‘Neo TV’ for analysing and commenting on a reference pending before the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). The authority contended this was a violation of the Supreme Judicial Council’s orders dated November 21, 2015. These orders, it emphasised, were sent to all television […]


Punjab University restricts media coverage after clash

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LAHORE: Instead of providing security at the Punjab University, the administration has restricted media coverage to stop outsiders from learning of any untoward incidents or developments on campus. In a meeting between deans at the Punjab University on March 24, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir instructed that journalists be barred from entering the university. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


IHC wants blasphemy, pornography sections added to cybercrime law

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the authorities concerned on Friday to include sections related to blasphemy and pornography in the Cyber Crimes Act. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui noted that two important aspects – blasphemy and pornography – have not specifically been mentioned in the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016. He subsequently directed the […]


Pakistan Press Foundation concern over the criminal charges on Canadian Journalist

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada has expressed serious concern over the criminal charges on  Justin Brake, reporter and editor for The Independent.ca, for his reporting on the Indigenous occupation of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric construction project in October 2016. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged […]


NA flays circulation of blasphemous material

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a joint resolution unanimously to condemn circulation of blasphemous material on social media and urged the government to take necessary measures to curb it. The House also authorised Speaker National Assembly to constitute a 10-member committee comprising members from all parliamentary parties to discuss the issue and propose […]


Senators urge parliament’s role in exposing elements behind incidents

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ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers in the Senate on Monday called on parliament to play its role in unearthing the elements behind the mysterious disappearances and equally mysterious reappearances of the bloggers. Through a joint motion PPP’s Senator Farhatullah Babar and Usman Khan Kakar of PkMAP on the mysterious disappearances of bloggers urged the Chairman Senate Mian Raza […]


PM’s son-in-law wants ban on social media

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ISLAMABAD: Issues of blasphemous content on social media and recent incidents of mysterious disappearances of some bloggers once again resonated in both houses of parliament on Monday but with different tone and notes. The upper house took the matter after a motion was moved by two opposition senators whereas it was taken up through points of […]


IHC seeks detailed report on missing bloggers

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court Monday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a report on the activities of four bloggers – who went missing earlier this year and resurfaced a few days later – and how they had managed to leave Pakistan. Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered the FIA Director […]


Petitioner seeks closure of social media site

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Islamabad – A writ petition has been filed in the Islamabad High Court seeking its directions for closure of Facebook in the country until blasphemous material and pages are deleted permanently. A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui will Monday (today) take up the petition moved by Civil Society of Pakistan through its […]