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FBR chairman, interior, information secretaries removed as permanent members of PEMRA

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The federal government on Friday issued amendments in the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Ordinance of 2002, Radio Pakistan reported. According to the ordinance, federal govt can issue directives only on PEMRA’s policy matters and in accordance with Article 19. However, PEMRA will not be bound to accept all instructions issued by the government. […]


Court directs media to air apology over ‘speculations’

LAHORE – The LHC has directed electronic media to air apology at prime time and gave ultimatum of three days to print media to print apology at front page for airing and publishing “speculations against the judiciary over the acquittal of convict Shah Hussain”. In a press release issued on Thursday evening, the LHC registrar […]


President promulgates new Pemra Ordinance

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ISLAMABAD – In order to minimise the influence of federal government on the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the President of Pakistan has promulgated an Ordinance minimising Authority’s members and giving representation to Pakistan Broadcasting Association and general public. The newly-promulgated Ordinance, which may be called the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, […]


Senior journalist and anchorperson Asad Kharal beaten up in Lahore

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LAHORE: Investigative journalist and television anchorperson Asad Kharal was reportedly attacked and injured by ‘masked men’ near Allama Iqbal International Airport in the wee hours of Wednesday. SP Cantonment Bilal Zafar confirmed the incident to The Express Tribune. “Asad Kharal was allegedly tortured by unidentified men. We have already received a complaint of the incident,” […]


Ahsan Iqbal tenders apology in contempt case

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Former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday tender unconditional apology before a full bench of Lahore High Court and submitted his written reply to a contempt notice issued to him. The bench also directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to submit a detailed report on petitions against the alleged anti-judiciary speeches by former […]


IHC reserves verdict in PBA’s plea

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ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court Tuesday reserved its verdict in a petition of the Pakistan Broadcasting Association seeking stay order against PEMRA’s guidelines on Ramazan transmission for the last ten days of the holy month. A single bench of IHC comprising Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb conducted hearing and reserved its verdict in the petition seeking […]


Non-bailable warrants for Dr Shahid Masood issued

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad District Court, on the request of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), has issued non-bailable warrants for arrest of Dr Shahid Masood, a TV anchorperson and former chairman of Pakistan Television, for his alleged involvement in embezzlement of Rs38 million. According to the prosecution, Dr Masood had signed an agreement with a fake […]


AWP condemns attack on private TV channel office

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The Awami Workers Party (AWP) condemned the armed attack on the office of Vash TV channel in Karachi. In a joint statement, AWP senior vice-President Yousufmasti Khan, general secretary Akhtar Hussain Advocate and spokesperson Farooq Tariq expressed deep concerns at frequent attacks on the Balochi language channel ‘Vaash’ by armed men and termed it an […]


Amir Liaquat can appear on TV but can’t do Ramzan show

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday lifted the ban on anchorperson Dr Amir Liaquat by allowing him to appear on television shows. However, it sustained the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) decision to suspend his Ramzan show on Bol TV. Earlier on Friday, the electronic media watchdog had slapped a 30-day ban […]


Along with one month ban from PEMRA, Facebook deletes Aamir Liaquat’s official page

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KARACHI- Aamir Liaquat first gained popularity through program ‘Aalim Online’ which was started 15 years ago, but it was not long before he lost public support and found himself in hot water with regulatory authorities on a regular basis. The latest incident took place this Ramazan, when Aamir was banned from media appearances by PEMRA […]


Saleem Baig appointed PEMRA chief

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President Mamnoon Hussain has approved summary of appointment of Mohammad Saleem Baig as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). An officer of the information service, Saleem had been serving as the principal information officer with the federal government. The appointment was made on the directives of the Supreme Court, it has been […]


Saleem Baig will be new chairman PEMRA: report

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ISLAMABAD – The Principal Information Officer (PIO) Mirza Saleem Baig is most likely to be appointed as the Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) as a summary with regard to his appointment for the post has been sent to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for approval. Reliable sources said that a committee led by […]


IHC suspends single bench ruling over Ramazan transmission code

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ISLAMABAD: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday set aside single bench’s decision regarding code of conduct for Ramazan transmissions. The division bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani has has issued a 26-page written decision over the issue, suspending earlier orders to air call to prayer five […]


IHC issues notices on PBA plea against order on airing game shows

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ISLAMABAD: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Tuesday issued notices to the respondents in an Intra-Court Appeal (ICA) of Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) challenging a May 9 IHC single bench order that had barred private channels from airing game shows like ‘Neelam Ghar’ and also directed that in the holy […]