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NA committee stops state-run TV MD from working

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Tuesday expressed its displeasure over the absence of managing director of the state-run Pakistan Television from its meeting. The committee met here under the chairmanship of MNA Mian Javed Latif here at Committee Room of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) Headquarters. At […]


PML-N questions logic behind establishing PMRA

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakis­tan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has questioned the logic behind establishing the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA). During a meeting of the National Assembly Stan­ding Committee on Infor­mation, Broadcasting, Nat­io­nal Heritage and Literary Heritage on Tuesday, Mar­riyum Aurangzeb of the PML-N asked the reasons for setting up the new authority. She claimed that the […]


PPF condemns assault and detention of journalist in Malawi

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi has expressed concern over the assault and detention of journalist, John Paul Kayuni. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali, has denounced the vicious attack and detention of journalist in the line of duty and urged the authorities to drop all charges against […]


SPOTLIGHT: PAKISTAN’S PROBLEM WITH FILM WRITING

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Bumping into actor and filmmaker Humayun Saeed at an event a few days ago, I broached, in passing, the subject of what it was that ails Pakistan’s film industry. “It’s simple,” Saeed said. “We don’t have writers.” Saeed was referring to film writers, not drama writers, and if you ask anyone in the industry today, […]


42 vying for PTV managing director’s slot, court told

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ISLAMABAD: As many as 42 candidates are vying for the lucrative post of the managing director of Pakistan Television, the information and broadcasting secretary told the Islamabad High Court on Thursday. In response to identical petitions against the appointment of Arshad Khan as acting managing director, Information Secretary Shafqat Jalil submitted a written report “on the […]


A Ban On Indian Content?

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Indian content is about to be axed from our television screens- and not because of its poor quality. A PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) order of 2016, of restricting electronic media in Pakistan from broadcasting Indian content, is to be reinstated again as a three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday overturned […]


Right of freedom of speech not absolute: SC

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ISLAMABAD-  The Supreme Court has observed that the right of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution is not absolute. The top court has further observed that the said right cannot be stretched to cover a speech, comment or publication which may tend to influence, impede, embarrass or obstruct the […]


Senate committee rejects PTV MD’s testimony

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ISLAMABAD:The Managing Director of Pakistan Television, Arshad Khan Mutmain, has failed to convince the senate’s standing committee for human rights. The committee has constituted a selection board on the matter of the PTV MD and has directed for appointments to be made on a permanent basis within two weeks. The federal minister for information, Fawad […]


SC endorses Pemra’s 2016 restriction on Indian content

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed Pemra’s (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) 2016 decision of restricting electronic media in Pakistan from broadcasting Indian content. A three-judge SC bench consisting of Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan granted leave to an appeal moved by Pemra and suspended the July 18, 2017 order of the […]


Has Pakistani television seen a rise over the years?

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The 10th edition of Karachi Literature Festival, which took place from March 1 – 3 at the Beach Luxury Hotel, recently came to an end after three days of recitations, book launches, music, poetry, movie screenings, comic acts and panel discussions. Numerous literary figures, journalists, artists, prominent personalities as well as citizens of Karachi turned […]


‘Dumbing down of broadcasting has become an industry’

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Dumbing down of broadcasting has become an industry, and this trend started in 1935, when a film used it as a slang, and since then it is thriving, said Dr Huma Baqai on Sunday. Dr Huma, associate dean of the IBA’s business administration faculty, was one of the panellists at the 10th Karachi Literature Festival’s […]


Ban on Indian films: LHC seeks replies from Centre, Pemra

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday sought replies from the federal government and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) within a week on a petition seeking ban on Indian films in Pakistan. The petitioner Sheikh Muhammad through his counsel pleaded that the import policy order 2016 announced by the federal government had banned import […]


PPF condemns the ongoing attacks on Prime Television

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia has expressed concern over the recent attacks on Lusaka based Prime Television. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has condemned the continuous attacks on Prime TV and urged the political parties and authorities in the Zambia to stop targeting […]


Fawad Chaudhry’s insistence

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Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Information on February 25 that there was a need for a centralised regulatory authority for all types of media, print, electronic and digital. The minister mustered in support of his idea the convergence of news and entertainment in mobile phones because of […]