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Responding to Pakistan’s UN review: In conversation with Owais Aslam Ali and Matthew Redding

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The State of Pakistan was reviewed for the first time by the UN Human Rights Committee this week in Geneva. In preparation for the examination, the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) together with IFEX, the global network defending and promoting the right to freedom of expression and information, and RIDH, the International Network of Human Rights, submitted an alternative report in advance […]

IFEX urges Pakistan to provide updated information on journalists killing to UNESCO

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KARACHI: International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) Executive Director Annie Game has urged Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to respond to UNESCO Director-General’s 2017 request that has sought information on the status of judicial inquiries into the killings of 55 journalists in Pakistan from 2006 to 2016. In a letter, Game also asked the Prime […]

TV channels asked to avoid airing controversial content

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ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) on Thursday ordered private TV channels to respect the sanctity of Ramazan and avoid airing controversial content. The regulatory body issued guidelines asking all TV channels to strictly follow the code of conduct during the holy month and avoid airing controversial content. The PEMRA said, in […]

Journalists stage rallies to show solidarity with Dawn

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KARACHI: Journalists staged rallies in different parts of the country on Wednesday on the call of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) to mark the World Press Freedom Day and to show solidarity with Dawn. The show of solidarity comes amid reports that the government has recommended disciplinary action against the paper and its […]

SC admits for hearing Pemra petition in DTH case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday admitted for hearing an appeal filed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) against a Lahore High Court order of Dec 28, 2016 that had set aside its regulations prohibiting television broadcasters from entering the Direct to Home (DTH) market. A five-judge bench of the court headed by […]

Free internet in five cities

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LAHORE: The Punjab government has launched free internet service (wifi hotspot) at over 200 points in five cities of the province. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif formally opened the free internet service for Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur and Murree at a ceremony held at Arfa Kareem Software Technology Park by pressing a button here on […]

Consumption of news is different today, says speaker

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KARACHI: Things are changing rapidly as well as the audience. The consumption of news is different from what it used to be. Ovais Jafar from a private TV channel said this while speaking on the first day of the two-day National Media Conference, organised by the Centre of Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) to train media professionals […]

Broadcasters’ association files appeal

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), represented through Barrister Syed Ali Zafar, has denied an allegation contained in a writ petition that the Pakistani media are broadcasting “indecent and immoral material”. The petition has called upon the Islamabad High Court to censor TV channels so that no shows, dramas and advertisements fall within the purview […]

‘Dawn leaks’ probe report within 2-3 days: Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the inquiry report into the ‘Dawn leaks’ will be submitted to his ministry within two to three days. The inside story published in Dawn about a high-level civil-military huddle, which both civil and military officials called ‘fabricated and concocted’, stirred a huge controversy last year. Subsequently, […]

Journalists want Pemra to check hate speech on TV channels

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ISLAMABAD: Working journalists have asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to effectively check hate speech in TV programmes and take up the matter with the managements of TV channels. They have also sought the regulator’s support to curb the general trend of building pressure on the already overworked media persons working in the […]

Karachi mayor inaugurates CPNE Editors Club

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KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar inaugurated the Editor’s Club of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) on Tuesday. Senior Sindh Minister Nisar Khoro, President CPNE Zia Shahid, General Secretary Aijazul Haq, former president Jamil Ather, former secretary Jabbar Khattak, members of CPNE and senior journalists were also present on this occasion, said a statement on […]

Pemra meeting to discuss improvement in standard of TV programmes

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has called a meeting with stakeholders on what it calls the deteriorating standards of content on private TV channels. “Pemra has been receiving a large number of complaints from viewers on the deteriorating standards of the TV dramas, commercials and morning shows being shown on private channels,” […]

Pemra chief asked to move SC against LHC decision on DTH licences

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Monday directed the authority chairman to file an appeal with the Supreme Court against the Lahore High Court (LHC) decision of setting aside DTH licences auction. At its 125th meeting here, Pemra asked its Chairman Absar Alam about the delay in going against the LHC decision.  It […]

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Regulating The Right Way

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Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb’s reply to Senator Kalsoom Perveen confirmed something which should already be understood – the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has powers to clamp down on channels and anchors promoting sectarian differences or propagating hate speech. Both the PEMRA Ordinance 2007 and the Code of Conduct […]

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