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Daily Archives: May 24, 2024

PPF rejects blanket ban on coverage of court proceedings by Pemra; alarming overreach by the regulator to leave a gaping hole in reporting from courts

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) rejects the blanket ban on coverage of court proceedings by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). This order, which prohibits all coverage of court proceedings except those broadcast live from the court, is an unacceptable overreach by the regulator. The move will leave a gaping hole in reporting from courts. […]


Punjab Assembly Passes Controversial Defamation Bill Amid Protests

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On May 20, the Punjab Assembly passed a controversial defamation bill despite strong opposition from journalists and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC). The Punjab Defamation Bill,2024, which allows for the establishment of special tribunals to address “fake news,” was passed by a voice vote after the government refused to delay voting despite requests […]


Media Bodies Joint Action Committee Slams Punjab Defamation Law as ‘Black Law,’ Vows Legal Challenge

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On May 21, a coalition of Pakistani media organizations vehemently rejected a new defamation law passed by the provincial Punjab government, calling it a “black law” that threatens press freedom. The Joint Action Committee (JAC), which includes the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Federal Union […]


Peshawar Workshop Empowers Journalists to Fight Fake News in the Digital Age

On May 21, the Press Information Department (PID) Peshawar, under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, concluded a two-day workshop aimed at empowering journalists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to combat the growing threat of fake news and disinformation in the digital age. The workshop, “Truth in the Digital Era: strategies for Countering Fake News in Pakistan,” brought […]


PEMRA Bans Media Coverage of Ongoing Court Cases

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On May 21, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banned media coverage of ongoing court cases. The ban applies to all television channels and radio stations.  PEMRA stated that channels cannot air material about court cases until a final verdict is reached. They also banned expressing opinions on these cases and discussing them in a way […]