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Television News channel taken off air and numbers reshuffled in many parts of the country

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The transmission of Geo News television channel was taken off air and its channel number abruptly changed in many parts of the country hours before Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s visit to the Washington, D.C., for an official visit on July 20, 2019. According to the channel’s managing director, Azhar Abbas, “the channel was blocked […]


PPF condemns the attack on TV journalist in Uganda

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda has expressed concern over the attack on journalist Godfrey Katongole on July 15, 2019. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the attack on journalists working in the line of duty and urged the concerned authorities to immediately look into this […]


Pakistan high risk country for media pluralism: report

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ISLAMABAD: A collaborative research study, the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) Pakistan — carried out by the global media rights organisation Reporters Without Borders and Pakistani media watchdog Freedom Network — has found Pakistan a “high risk country” in terms of media pluralism. The study says more than half of the mass media ownership in Pakistan is […]


Hearing on Fawad’s petition against TV anchor tomorrow

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LAHORE: A judicial magistrate will resume hearing on Friday (tomorrow) of a private complaint filed by Federal Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry seeking action against news anchor Sami Ibrahim for allegedly defaming him by running a malicious campaign. The magistrate had issued a notice during the last hearing to Mr Ibrahim asking him […]


PPF condemns the attack on private TV broadcaster in Kyiv

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine has expressed concern over the attack on private TV broadcaster 112 Ukraine in Kyiv on July 13, 2019. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the attack on private TV channel and urged the concerned authorities to immediately investigate this matter […]


PBC asks Pemra to ensure media coverage of lawyers’ protests

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ISLAMABAD: Pakis­tan Bar Council (PBC) vice chairman Syed Amjad Shah has asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman to ensure media coverage of the ongoing lawyers’ protests over the filing of references against two superior court judges. In a letter addressed to the Pemra chairman, Mr Shah warned that if the authority failed […]


Writers criticise lack of checks on language used in electronic media

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KARACHI: “None of the TV channels today have hired qualified script editors which is adversely affecting the state of the Urdu language in Pakistan,” playwright Haseena Moin said at a panel discussion on Urdu story writing which turned into a debate on the general state of Urdu in Pakistan. The panel consisting of renowned writers […]


As police probe TV anchor’s murder, multi-million rupee scam surfaces

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KARACHI: The investigation team, probing the circumstances behind the brutal murder of TV anchorperson Mureed Abbas and his associate in Defence Housing Authority (DHA), have recorded the statement of Umar Rehan, the main eye-witness in the incident. Separately, police have also arrested the driver of the accused, Atif Zaman. They have yet to decide, however, […]


PPF condemns attack on Accra-based journalists

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana has expressed concern over the attack on two Accra based journalists on July 5, 2019. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter has condemned the assault on journalists working in the line of duty and called on the authorities to […]


Interview of Pakistan’s leading opposition leader taken off air

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An interview of Pakistan’s leading opposition leader was taken off air soon after it was aired on Hum News on July 11, 2019. The interview Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Vice –President Maryam Nawaz was being conducted by Nadeem Malik, journalist and host of programme ‘Nadeem Malik Live’. Malik stated that soon after he started the program his […]


Government decides to bar television channels from giving coverage to political leaders convicted or accused of corruption

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The Government of Pakistan has decided that media should not be allowed to give coverage to political leaders convicted or accused of corruption.  I meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 8 directed the electronic media regulator, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to fulfill its responsibility to ensure that decided that no convicted […]


PTV earns Rs 300 million profit in FY19

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The state-run TV channel, Pakistan Television Corporation got 2.5% increase in its revenue and secured Rs 300 million profit in the last financial year (2018-19), according the managing director PTV. The Senate Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Senator Faisal Javed in which […]


Panel made to amend Pemra Act to stop fake news on social media

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Islamabad : Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Wednesday said that there is no guideline in Pemra rules to monitor social media. She said that false reports are not good for the government, state and any political party. She said that private lives of people are being […]


IHC rejects PBA plea against Pemra for new TV licences

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Islamabad – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected a petition filed by the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) against the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for issuing new television channel licences. A single Bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice of IHC Justice Athar Minallah announced the verdict which it had reserved earlier after […]