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State-run TV corruption case: Anchorperson, investigation officer to move SC

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ISLAMABAD: In an interesting turn of events, both the counsel for Dr Shahid Masood and the investigating officer (IO), who was probing the anchorperson in state-run TV corruption case, have strongly criticised the court decision to reject anchorperson’s bail plea. The anchorperson who is accused of causing loss of Rs37 million to national exchequer during […]

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FIA raids entertainment company office

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KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday raided the office of an entertainment company running a cinema in Karachi’s Saddar area, seizing its record and detaining one of its employees while investigating a case related to money laundering through hawala. Sources said officials from the FIA’s anti-corruption circle raided the company’s office in a […]

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PFA to launch FM radio for public awareness

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LAHORE: Punjab Food Authority (PFA) is ready to spread its awareness wings for the counselling of public. In this connection, the PFA will establish its first-ever non-commercial FM Radio, approval has recently been granted by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). The approval of the licence was given in the 146th meeting of PEMRA. In […]

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CS inaugurates SMIU’s FM radio for literacy promotion

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah has expressed pleasure over FM Radio Channel 96.6, incepted by the Sindh Madrasatul Islam University (SMIU) for promotion of education and literacy entitled “Voice of Education”. Speaking after inaugurating the FM Radio Channel 96.6/Voice of Education on Friday, Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah admired the University Teachers and […]

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Foreign channels E1 and Minimax approved by PEMRA for airing

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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in its 147th meeting held on Thursday at PEMRA headquarters, approved grant of two Landing Right Permissions to M/s Standard Services (Pvt) Limited for Foreign Satellite TV Channel “E-1” and M/s Bells Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd for foreign satellite TV channel Minimax both under children category. The authority was also […]

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Pakistan’s private TV news revolution under General Musharraf

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When Pakistan’s last military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, assumed power on October 12, 1999, he was hailed—both by the local and international media—as a liberal hero. He imposed no restrictions on the media, and within three years of coming to power, he allowed private news channels to become operational in the country. Pakistani media was […]

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Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship

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Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military leaders and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services. Journalists and press freedom advocates say the military and the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence […]

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Info ministry slashes ad rates for TV channels

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LAHORE: Federal Ministry of Information has made drastic cut in the commercial rates being paid to the private television channels for all federal, provincial, autonomous bodies and public sector organisations. The letter issued by the ministry says the rates have been slashed as the government ‘intends to support the electronic media industry and initiate electronic […]

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THE MEDIA COVER-UP?

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When Pakistan Television anchorperson Tanzeela Mazhar filed a case against the head of her department, an Inquiry Committee was set up to look into the matter. But, instead of properly investigating the issue, and questioning the accused, the committee asked Tanzeela ‘why she had not left the job if she was being harassed.’ Tanzeela was not the only one […]

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Pemra urged to stop TV debates on HR issue

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party Thursday urged the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to issue directives to media channels and anchors to refrain from discussing issues relating to Human Rights Case number 39216-G of 2018. In a letter to PEMRA chairman, Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar – the spokesperson to the Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wrote […]

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IHC reserves verdict on Shahid Masood’s bail plea

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved the verdict against anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood’s bail plea in state-owned Pakistan Television Corruption Case. Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani presided over the hearing. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officer Kashif Awan told the court that no evidence over the exchange of funds has been found and no statement […]

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All state-run TV channels except one running in losses, Senate told

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry told the Senate on Wednesday that all the state-run TV channels except PTV Home are running in losses. During the question hour in the Senate, the minister said that state-run TV, being a national institution, does not broadcast any Indian content or material. He said that all […]

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Case registered against Sharif’s guards over attack on journalist

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Islamabad police have registered a first investigation report (FIR) against five persons, including the security guards of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, for assaulting a Samaa TV cameraman on Monday. TV footage had showed Syed Wajid Ali, the cameraman, lying on the ground outside the parliament building after a security guard […]

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Pakistan’s army is behind an unprecedented clampdown on the media

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Upon superficial inspection, Pakistan’s market for expression is enjoying a golden age. This is a still a land of broadsheet newspapers, in both Urdu and English. Television channels only multiply. The country hardly lacks for people with a point of view, with regiments of columnists and teeming opinion-formers on social media. This picture of a thriving, […]

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