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Govt urged to curb sale of obscene, pirated films

PESHAWAR, March 4: The Tele-Filmmakers’ Association has urged the government to formulate laws in order to curb sale of pirated and obscene films. The association’s representatives said that production and sale of pirated and obscene films made for television were not only affecting their business but were also responsible for defaming the Pakhtun people. Talking […]


Cinema, cable operators asked to stop vulgar programmes

LAHORE, March 3: Apprehending reaction from extremist religious groups, the Punjab home secretary on Saturday asked cinema houses, theatres and cable operators to immediately stop presenting vulgar shows and programmes that could irritate such elements. The direction was given at a meeting reportedly held at the Civil Secretariat. It was attended by secretaries of the […]


Dawn ad ban issue raised in assembly

QUETTA, March 13: Balochistan Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mir Abdur Rehman Jamali and opposition members in the provincial assembly have demanded that the federal government should restore advertisements to Dawn. They said curtailing the newspaper’s advertisements was against the principle of freedom of the press. Opposition member Jan Mohammad Buledi raised the issue on Tuesday on […]


Pemra under fire for failure to check obscenity

ISLAMABAD, March 3: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) came under fire for its failure in checking ‘vulgarity and obscenity’ in programmes being broadcast by private TV channels, as the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting met here on Saturday. Members of the treasury benches and the opposition observed that there was […]


Young Writers’ Competition on Women in Pakistan

A competition is being held to celebrate Pakistan’s 60th Anniversary, Heinrich Boll’s 90th birthday and the 50th Anniversary of the Goethe-Institut in Pakistan,for women and men up to 30 years of age. Participants are required to choose one of the following topics: – “My Mother, me and my daughter”, – “My aspirations…” – “My first […]


Journalists’ walk-out from Sindh PA

KARACHI, March 2: The Sindh Assembly Press gallery corps on Friday staged a token walkout to protest against the government action against daily Islam and the improper treatment of the nephew of senior journalist of APP Khushnood Ali Khan at the Aga Khan Hospital where he is under treatment. The journalists gathered in the press […]


Demo held to protest against journalist’s arrest

QUETTA, March 2: Members of the Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) staged a demonstration on Friday against the shifting of a cameraman working for a foreign channel to Guantanamo Bay and demanded his unconditional release. Activists of the BUJ assembled outside the press club and chanted slogans against the United States. Quetta Press Club president […]


Media and national stability

ARTICLE (March 03 2007): In modern-age, mass media has assumed the role of guide in daily life of everybody. It is used as instrument of policy by the Governments and States. Its power, influence and impact knows no bounds. The speed of information communication is just flabbergasting. The volume of output of print and electronic […]


Officials served notices in PHPL’s contempt plea: Licence for TV channel

KARACHI, March 2: The Sindh High Court issued notices to two officers of the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Friday in a contempt application moved by the Pakistan Herald Publications Limited in its petition for grant of licence/uplinking facility for its television channel. The petitioner company submitted through […]


Govt blamed for lawlessness

QUETTA, Feb 28: Lawyers and journalists on Wednesday held the government responsible for growing lawlessness in the province owing to which precious lives were lost in suicide attacks and bomb blasts. Speaking at a condolence reference held at the press club for victims of the February 17 tragic incident, the speakers said the terrorists could […]


CDGK toll free complain center soon

Karachi – City District Government Karachi has set up first computerised toll free call center “Citizen Complain Information Center”. The project IS in final stages to be completed with Rs 140 million to provide round the clock access to citizens to lodge their complaints. Through this new system, the city government, town administrations, KWSB and […]


Journalists’ entry restricted

PESHAWAR, Feb 28: In the wake of a surge in terrorist attacks in the city, NWFP Assembly Speaker Bakht Jehan Khan on Wednesday turned the assembly building into a ‘red security zone’ by denying access to journalists and press photographers covering the house proceedings. The speaker completely banned the entry of photographers. On Wednesday, the […]


Workshop in Liaquatpur On Press Clubs: Establishment and the role of media

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Date: February 26 to 28, 2007 Location: Liaquatpur , District Rahim Yar Khan Press is the fourth pillar of state and journalists play a vital role for bringing change to any society. They are often compared to troopers at war, constantly on their toes to catch the latest news. Due to their professional responsibilities, they […]


Petition for TV licence cancellation admitted

LAHORE, Feb 26: A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday admitted a constitutional petition seeking cancellation of Geo TV network’s licence. Filed by Mubarik Ali Chaudhry, chairman of the Awami Hamayat Tehrik, Pakistan, the petition has also sought a ban on the network transmissions for telecasting a programme which, according to him, […]