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Freedom or licence for TV?

By Zubeida Mustafa THERE is much to be cherished about the freedom that our media, especially the electronic media, has come to enjoy. The extent to which this freedom — it was called licence in earlier days — has gone is provoking a debate. This is a positive development because there are some media heavyweights […]


Freedom or licence for TV?

By Zubeida Mustafa THERE is much to be cherished about the freedom that our media, especially the electronic media, has come to enjoy. The extent to which this freedom — it was called licence in earlier days — has gone is provoking a debate. This is a positive development because there are some media heavyweights […]


Why ‘M’ is not really a word

By: Ali Sultan Whenever some controversy about the media erupts, everyone gathers around and bulldozes social networking, print and television with “what actually is the media’s role.” My personal favourite is “we need to actually define things.” The thesis is simple, defining anything is sheer bollocks. It means that if the definers had their say, […]


TV in black & white

By: Alefia T. Hussain Day after day, minute by minute, TV takes us places in pursuit of ‘drama’ — to private quarters of private people, to crime scenes, to studios where heads meet to create noise; a lot of noise. TV looks for drama at all the odd places — in hospitals, police stations, court […]


‘PBC officials visit abroad to discharge duties’

ISLAMABAD: A news story published in The Nation on February 1 regarding foreign visits of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) officials is misleading and distorted. A press release issued by the PBC says facts and figures about the issue have not been correctly reported. The factual position about the visits of PBC officials abroad to […]


Congress slams Aiyar on Pakistan TV show

By: Jawed Naqvi NEW DELHI, Feb 3: India’s ruling Congress party on Friday disapproved of party leader Mani Shakar Aiyar appearing on a Pakistan TV talk show in which Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, participated through a phone link, the Press Trust of India said. “I don’t know […]


Regulating live TV: How to tame the watchdog?

After a morning show caused outrage, journalists push for a code of ethics . By Zehra Abid KARACHI: Pakistan’s freewheeling electronic media, still in its nascent stage, needs much disciplining to step out of its current “state of anarchy,” journalists say. A debate on ethics and ‘moral policing’ by the media has ensued after Maya […]


Pemra warns TV channels against defamatory satire

Mumtaz Alvi ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Tuesday took serious note of what it called the creeping undesirable media practices, whereby television channels in particular had started invading the personal privacy in total disregard to social norms and ethics. The authority here in its 73rd meeting took a controversial morning show by a […]


PTV, cricket, racism

PTV introduced shocking racism in its 9pm news bulletin when it said the Pakistani victory over England at Dubai on Saturday had destroyed ‘white arrogance’. What the hell! Was race the issue? We all were thrilled by our victory, but, while bringing that racism in its news bulletin, PTV forgot that precisely at that moment […]


Objectivity

I AM a Pakistani and have been residing in Beijing for the last few months. One thing that I miss here most is the entertainment provided by news channels and spicy talk shows back home. But some time we get a chance to view these shows on the Internet, getting in touch with the recent […]

New Media, Television


Children as TV victims

Farooq Sulehria Children glued to TV screens, watching cartoon fare mostly from the US, is a common sight these days in almost every urban household in Pakistan. With the disappearance of playgrounds in the country, children have not much of a choice either. Similarly, housewives coping with daily household chores find a convenient babysitter in […]

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