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Absence of executive member leaves Pemra without acting chairman

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ISLAMABAD – After the removal of Absar Alam as chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority, no one is there to look after the affairs of the authority as the federal government could not appoint the executive member of the regulator during the last two years, The Nation leant. Last week, the Lahore High Court had removed Absar […]


Media’s questionable role

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The Supreme Court bench hearing suo moto notice proceedings of the abusive language used at the Faizabad sit-in has expressed grave concern over the role of some media outlets in inflaming religious passions – a worry shared by a large body of public opinion. In a stinging indictment of the irresponsible manner in which certain […]


Electronic media in Pakistan has defective foundation, says Raza Ali Abidi

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HYDERABAD: Well-known BBC Urdu Service broadcaster Raza Ali Abidi believes that expansion of electronic media in Pakistan has created confusion in society because it does not run in an organised manner. “In fact, it has defective foundation,” he observed. Mr Abidi made the observation during a chat with journalists at the Hyderabad Press club on […]


TV news channels back on air

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ISLAMABAD –  On the directives of the federal government, the Pakistan Electronic Regulatory Media Authority (Pemra) on Sunday evening restored transmission of private television channels across the country. Private TV channels went off-air in most parts of the country for almost 28 hours before their transmission was restored. On Saturday morning, the Pemra stopped private […]


TV channels go off-air; several media men covering sit-in injured

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ISLAMABAD: People remained in the dark on Saturday after the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) ordered private TV channels to go off-air during an operation launched by local police and Rangers against participants of a sit-in staged by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah demanding the resignation of the federal law minister. While hundreds of […]


TV channels’ nightmarish Urdu pronunciation and an Urdu pronouncing dictionary

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URDU pronunciation of some Pakistani TV channels is giving nightmares to many, though the owners and anchors of those channels may not even be aware how mercilessly they have been slaughtering our national language. Aside from intermingling English words and phrases with their Urdu conversation, these innocent anchors mispronounce many Urdu words, sometime rendering the […]


Electronic media: a chatterbox

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Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan clearly states that “every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or […]


Media not allowed to enter polling stations, allege journalists

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LAHORE: Journalists and workers of different observatory bodies have alleged that they were refused entry into polling stations to monitor the election process despite having accreditation cards issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). “This is tantamount to curbing freedom of media and put the whole election process into doubt,” Rai Shahnawaz, a reporter of […]


Our polarised media

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Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where the electronic media industry has mushroomed over a relatively short period of time. But, perhaps, it is only country where the professional standards in this very industry have declined so rapidly. We can easily trace the various shades of journalism, from yellow to red, […]


IHC orders Pemra chairman to monitor TV channels for obscene content

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The Islamabad High Court on Friday, while hearing a case pertaining to the alleged presence of ‘blasphemous content’ on social media, ordered the formation of a committee to monitor the content being aired on television channels as well. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui instructed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Chairman Absar Alam and DG Technical […]


‘World has become a global village’: LHC lifts Pemra ban on airing of Indian plays

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday lifted a ban imposed by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on the airing of Indian teleplays, declaring it null and void as the federal government had no objections regarding the same. Pemra had issued a notification imposing a blanket ban on all Indian content on Oct 19, 2016, after […]


Pemra issues notice to channel for showing foreign programmes

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued show cause notices to Aaj TV for showing programmes aired by foreign entities. The channel has been asked to file a reply within seven days, i.e, by June 12, 2017, 12:00 pm.  Pemra has directed the channel to explain its position over broadcasting BBC programme, which […]


Pemra issues show cause notices to channel

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Thursday issued two show cause notices to ARY News for casting aspersions against the armed forces of Pakistan in its programmes. The first show cause was issued with regard to airing of special transmission on DawnLeaks report dated May 10, 2017. In the programme, Arshad Sharif, drew a […]


Islamabad rendezvous: PBA voices concern over foreign funding to some channels

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has expressed its concern over the “funding of some media channels through dubious, untaxed and unverified foreign money”. A PBA delegation – headed by Chairman Mian Aamer Mehmood and Secretary General Shakeel Masud Hussain – communicated this concern to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during a meeting on Monday. […]