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A grave threat to freedoms

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BY approving the proposal for a law to stifle the print, electronic and digital media, the federal cabinet has put parliament on trial. Will it allow the executive absolute control over the media, or will it defend the most fundamental freedoms of the media and the people — which are also essential prerequisites to the […]


PTV launches film festival to mark Pakistan Day

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Pakistan Television (PTV) is organising a short film festival for Pakistan Day on March 23, it announced on Wednesday. The festival titled “Green Belief” will focus on the the country’s republic day. The state television broadcaster has invited filmmakers to share three to 10-minute duration short films and documentaries covering promising aspects of Pakistan. The theme symbolises […]


Pemra bans TV anchor for 30 days

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakis­tan Electronic Media Regu­la­tory Authority (Pemra) has prohibited anchor Dr Danish from appearing on any TV channel for a month in any capacity, for levelling false and unfounded allegations against senior officials of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in one of his talk shows. A complaint against Dr Danish had […]


SC grants bail to Shahid Masood in PTV corruption case

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ISLAMABAD:The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday granted bail to anchorperson and former Pakistan Television (PTV) managing director Shahid Masood in a corruption case. Masood is accused of embezzling Rs37 millions by allotting contracts to fake companies during his tenure as managing director of the state-run broadcaster. The bail was granted after submission of surety bonds […]


Attack on media freedom

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The Federal cabinet gave its go-ahead on Thursday to the government plan to form a new Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) bringing under it the existing media regulatory bodies. This, said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, is to be done by merging all the rules related to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Press Council of […]


Media bodies rejects cabinet decision on PMRA

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The federal cabinet approved the formation of new regulatory body called Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) with the merger of all media regulating bodies including print, electronic and digital media. The meeting was held on January 24, headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by the journalists’ associations. The Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry […]


Stifling the press

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A “WALKING shadow”. A “poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage/ And then is heard no more”. A “tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing”. Shakespeare was describing life. He could as easily have been writing about the state of Pakistan’s media. On television screens, pundits […]


Govt’s move to set up PMRA widely slated

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) have expressed serious concern at the establishment of Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA), replacing the existing print and electronic media statutory media bodies, maintaining that the government’s objective appears to be to control both electronic and print media. This was the outcome of […]


PMRA draconian, not acceptable, says PFUJ

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Saturday rejected the government’s recent decision to establish the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA). A joint statement issued by the PFUJ President Afzal Butt and Secretary General Ayub Jan Sarhandi said establishing the Authority would be an act worse than the Press and Publications Ordinance promulgated by […]


Change in PTV Pashto programmes timings condemned

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PESHAWAR: The Qaumi Watan Party has condemned the rescheduling of Pashto language programmes on Pakistan Television’s Peshawar centre, and described it sheer injustice with the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who were deprived of the opportunity to watch events of their choice on the state-run television. Speaking at a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club […]


PMRA: senseless and dangerous

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AGAINST sane advice, the PTI government has moved ahead with its agenda to tighten its control over the media. On Thursday, the federal cabinet approved the creation of the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority that will enable the government to ‘regulate’ all media in the country from one platform. The step has come in the face of strong […]


APNS, CPNE assail move to form new media body

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) have criticised the federal cabinet’s decision to set up the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) that is to replace the existing bodies regulating print and electronic media. The APNS termed the decision a particularly regressive measure and the CPNE described it as […]


PEMRA to issue licences to 76 new TV channels

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LAHORE: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Chairman Muhammad Saleem Baig has assured the students of mass communication of several opportunities in future as the media watchdog will soon issue licences to 76 new television channels. Addressing a seminar organised by Department of Mass Communication at the Government MAO College on Thursday, the PEMRA chief said, “Future […]


New Media Regulatory Authority gets cabinet’s nod

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ISLAMABAD –   The federal cabinet Thursday approved formation of a new Media Regulatory Authority in consultation with the journalists’ associations. Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said media representatives will be consulted on the new body. “The cabinet has approved steps for constitution of a new Media Regulatory Authority. Consultation with journalists’ associations has been recommended,” […]