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PPF welcomes the government’s decision to withdraw PEMRA (Amendment) Bill, 2023 defining disinformation and compelling broadcasters not to air disinformation

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) welcomes the decision of the government to withdraw the  Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023, days after it was passed by the National Assembly.  Amongst the proposed changes in the amendment bill was the inclusion of a definition for disinformation and misinformation and the compulsion on broadcasters not to […]


Minister announces to withdraw PEMRA Amendment Bill 2023

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ISLAMABAD: Following the protest of journalists, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday announced to take back the PEMRA Amendment Bill 2023. The minister made the announcement during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Information. Speaking in the meeting, Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government wanted to abolish the ‘black laws’ of […]


PEMRA bill referred to standing committee for fine-tuning

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday referred the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023, to the relevant standing committee of the Senate for further refinement and improvement in response to the concerns raised by the senators. Under the bill, the powers of the regulatory authority’s chief have been given to the Council of Complaints. […]


PBA welcomes amendments to Pemra Act 2023

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has welcomed amendments to the Pemra Act 2023 and specially referred to the industry’s long-standing issues of defining fake news, AGAR, delay in payment of salaries to employees, rationalization of FM Radio/Television renewal fee, relaxation in restrictions on advertising limits, etc. A press release, issued by PBA Executive Director […]


NA passes Pemra amendment bill elaborating on disinformation

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The National Assembly on Wednesday approved the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which elaborates on the definitions of disinformation and misinformation. The bill was introduced in the National Assembly (NA) on July 20 by Information and Broadcasting Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and was unanimously approved by the NA Standing Committee on Information and […]


National Assembly passes amended PEMRA and Press Council bills

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The National Assembly on Wednesday approved the major legislation – the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023, and the Press Council of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2023 – marking a significant stride towards enhancing the media landscape and upholding transparency and responsibility. Moved by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, the House passed […]


Stakeholders to be actively involved in the consultation process of the PEMRA Amendment Bill

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LAHORE  –  Pakistan Electronic Media Regulato­ry Authority (PEMRA) is responsible for granting licenses to the country’s television channels, FM radios, and cable operators. It is also in authority to oversee and enforce PEMRA regulations. A few days ago, the fed­eral government approved the PEM­RA Amendment Bill (2023) through the National Assembly Standing Committee. The media […]


12-member full board to decide ‘Barbie’s’ fate in Punjab today

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LAHORE: On the orders of Punjab’s Chief Minister, Mohsin Naqvi, significant development has occurred regarding the screening of the Hollywood movie Barbie in the province. A full censor board meeting has been scheduled for today (Tuesday) to reevaluate the film’s content and decide whether to grant permission for its screening in Punjab. The decision comes […]


Unpacking implications of Pemra act amendments

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In the heart of Islamabad, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting convened in the Radio Pakistan office, where the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) (Amendment) Bill, 2023 was put forth.   The Minister for Information, Marriyum Aurangzeb, clarified the necessity for this amendment, remarking that the media landscape had experienced a […]


Pakistan to form PTA style body to regulate websites of TV channels, newspapers

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ISLAMABAD – After controlling all electronic media via PEMRA, the government has decided to formulate a regulatory body to oversee online media. As opposition and critics argue PEMRA has been used as a tool to manipulate media outlets, stifling dissent and critical reporting, the incumbent authorities move one step further and now decided to get […]


No statement issued on PEMRA Amendments Bill 2023: CPNE

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ISLAMABAD, Jul 25 (APP): The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) on Tuesday clarified that it had not issued any statement to reject the PEMRA Amendments Bill 2023. “This is to clarify that some media persons have tweeted regarding the rejection of “PEMRA amendments bill 2023”, CPNE has not issued any such statement,” the council […]


Journalist Nasir Zaidi calls for autonomous PEMRA

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The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) should be given autonomy without any government control, prominent journalist Nasir Zaidi said on Monday. “In the past governments of PML-N and PTI, several laws were introduced to curtail the freedom of speech,” he told Manizales Jahangir on Spot Light.   Zaidi questioned the amendments as the new […]


Pakistan ranked third in the world for imposing internet restrictions

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KARACHI: Pakistan has been ranked third in the world over the imposition of internet restrictions in the first half of 2023. According to a report by Surfshark, a virtual private network company headquartered in Lithuania, a half-year analysis of internet shutdown based on the Internet Shutdown Tracker reveals that Pakistan was responsible for three of […]


Barbie now playing in Punjab after four dialogues beeped

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KARACHI/ LAHORE: On Friday evening, Punjab cinema owners suddenly started opening shows for Barbie and selling tickets, once again. Some users also shared screenshots of Universal Cinema telling customers that since the objections raised by the Censor Board have been resolved, the film is being played, and the tickets accommodated. In light of the development, […]