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Tolerance and the media

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My previous article, ‘Tolerant Pakistan’ was very well-received. All the peace-loving segments of society supported my viewpoint that prosperity cannot be achieved without ensuring a tolerant society based on equal rights and social justice. In order to ensure that Pakistan moves towards a bright future, we need to make Quaid-e-Azam’s August 11, 1947 speech our […]


Fake news

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A day after erroneously tweeting a picture showing Tariq Fatemi with government officials during a meeting with Chinese nationals in Beijing, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Naeemul Haq offered a rare apology for falsely claiming that Mr Fatemi, who was sacked for his role in the Dawn leaks controversy, had gone to the Chinese capital with […]


Victims seek SC inquiry into TV show accident

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ISLAMABAD: Family members of those injured when the seating area collapsed during a recording of a television game show approached the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking an inquiry into the failure of police and government authorities to pursue the case. Also on Monday, Nilor police formally lodged an FIR against the management of ARY and […]


Health is wealth: National media to support govt’s awareness campaign

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination [NHS] on Monday received a nod from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority [PEMRA] as well as national TV and radio stations for broadcasting public service messages. The agreement is in line with the public service message ruling within the [PEMRA] Ordinance, Section 20 (e) Act […]


SC takes notice of stage collapse incident

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday took notice of an incident in which two persons were killed and dozens injured when the stage collapsed during the recording of a private TV channel’s programme. The affected people staged a protest outside the National Press Club complaining that instead of providing medical […]


PM Nawaz, Gen Qamar offer security assurances for PEMRA staff

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ISLAMABAD: Days after the media watchdog’s chief expressed his serious concerns about alleged threats to him and employees of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa have taken notice of the issue and assured their complete support. “This is a welcome step and investigations are already […]


Terminology in journalism

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AN item in the press appearing some days ago under the headline ‘Ahmadi professor found murdered’, drew attention to the challenges of news coverage, especially news related to crime. Such a report could have been given quite a few other headings. For instance, the heading could have been ‘A woman found murdered’. The common reaction […]


Govt believes in freedom of expression, says Marriyum

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Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the government believes in freedom of expression and it will ensure such right in the country at every level, Radio Pakistan reported. Addressing a meeting of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) in Karachi on Sunday afternoon, she said that Audit Bureau of […]


An evening with Shaam

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KARACHI: Senior journalist Mahmood Shaam’s latest book, Indifference in the times of Extremism, was launched at an engaging ceremony here on Friday evening. The event was attended by literati of the city as well as friends of the author. Among the prominent speakers who spoke on the occasion, Dr Syed Jaffar Ahmed, former director of […]


Pemra revokes Bol TV licences

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ISLAMABAD: As the interior ministry has turned down the security clearance of directors of Labbaik Pvt Ltd, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has cancelled the satellite TV licences of Bol News and Bol Entertainment. The interior ministry refused security clearance of the company’s directors Shoaib A. Shaikh, Ayesha Shoaib Sheikh, Viqas Atiq and Sarwat […]


Rs200m released for journalists’ fund

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QUETTA: The Baloch­is­tan government has released Rs200 million for the Jour­nalists’ Welfare Fund which was announced by the Chief Minister, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri in his budget speech. The Finance Department, officials sources said on Tuesday, had issued a notification in regard to the release of fund. Earlier, the allocation was Rs30m which had been raised […]


Journalists to express solidarity with Dawn on press freedom day

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) will observe the World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday during which journalists across the country will express solidarity with Dawn. This was announced by PFUJ president Afzal Butt in a statement issued here on Tuesday. He said this year the World Press Freedom Day would be observed […]


Families of slain varsity teachers still await justice

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KARACHI: The Karachi University Teachers’ Society (Kuts) in a statement issued on Saturday, the second death anniversary of Dr Waheed-ur-Rehman, expressed concern over the apparent failure of the government in arresting killers of three teachers in Sindh and providing compensation to the victims’ families. Dr Waheed-ur-Rehman, aka Yasir Rizvi, a Karachi University (KU) teacher and […]


‘Female reporters should fight stereotypical news angles’

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KARACHI: The media industry needs more female journalists to speak out about issues pertaining to women since men tend to bring out stereotypical news angles out of incidents, particularly rape and crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’. Farzana Ali, the Peshawar bureau chief of a news channel, said this on the second day of the […]