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Journalists’ protection bill to be tabled in NA: minister

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KARACHI: Federal In­­for­ma­tion and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that his ministry is planning to present a bill in the National Assembly for protection of journalists. The new legislation will be similar to the one enacted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This was stated by Mr Chaudhry at the awards ceremony organised by the Centre for […]


SHC seeks record of suspects in Daniel Pearl case

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KARACHI  –   The Sindh High Court on Monday heard appeals of detained suspects in the Daniel Pearl case, a US journalist who was killed in Karachi in 2002 while working on a story. The court has sought the detention record of suspects, from jail officials, who were taken into custody for investigation into the case. […]


Media must reinvent itself to survive, seminar told

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LAHORE: The media is going through a transformation the world over due to “digital disruption” and mobile technology has so bewitched the younger generation that very few among them watch television these days, TV host Fahad Hussain said at a seminar on Sunday. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry was among the speakers at the Afkar-i-Taza ThinkFest […]


Info ministry resolves issue of ad rates amicably

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has concluded an amicable settlement to the issue of government rates of advertisements for broadcast media. The new slabs agreed with the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) are estimated to result in savings of seventy percent to the government. These rates will be for peak hours only and will be […]


Unlicenced religious TV channels mushrooming on cable

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LAHORE: Unlicenced religious television channels are mushrooming on the cable networks for the last some years. According to sources in the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), at least 21 religious channels are continuing their transmissions on the cable currently without a licence. Twelve of them are Christian religious channels and nine are Islamic channels, […]


Won’t allow any channel to air Indian content: CJP

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ISLAMABAD:Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday said that the Supreme Court will not allow any TV channel to air Indian content that can tarnish the social fabric of the country. The remarks were passed during hearing of a case pertaining to airing foreign content on private TV channels. Chief Justice Nisar headed the three-member bench. […]


Punjab info minister snaps at reporter over ‘question which creates contradiction

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Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Tuesday lashed out at journalists for asking a question regarding his stance on comments made by Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, who had questioned the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government’s efforts to turn Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state. While talking to reporters after attending an event […]


Senate body asks govt to issue ads to media

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ISLAMABAD – The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting recommended giving advertisements to media and sought Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry for briefing on the draft advertisement policy of the government. The committee asked Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to get the approval of the committee and include its input in […]


[Philippines] Pakistani media group appeals to President Duterte over killing of radio broadcaster

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The Pakistan Press Foundation, an independent media organization that seeks to promote and defend freedom of expression, expressed “deep concern” on the killing of Philippine radio announcer Gabriel Alburo in a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, dated 31 December 2018. Alburo was on his way home to Guihulngan City in La Libertad, Negros Oriental — […]


Fawad assures media persons protection of rights

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Friday said that the present elected government fully believed in constitutional and fundamental rights of freedom of expression. Talking to a delegation of journalists here, the minister said all possible steps would be taken to protect journalists’ rights and to solve their problems. He said that […]


Pemra issues advice to TV channels on ads

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Thursday issued an advice to all satellite TV channel licensees regarding the airing of indecent and misleading healthcare/fitness related advertisements of various products for weight loss, hair growth, loosing body fats, improving complexion, treatment for infertility etc. Airing of such content, it noted, is in violation of […]


Pemra cautions TV channels on discussing sub judice cases

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Tuesday again issued directions to the satellite television channels with regards to the cases pending or being heard in different courts. According to a statement issued by the authority, it said that the television channels should refrain from unnecessary debate on cases, being heard in courts. It […]


72 journalists murdered in Pakistan since 2002

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KARACHI: Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for media persons, as it has already witnessed the murder of 72 journalists since 2002, stated a report of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), whose executive summary was shared at a seminar on “State of Pakistani Media 2018” held at the Karachi Press Club on […]

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State of Pakistani Media in 2018

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From special coercive law to blatant censorship, the Pakistani media has witness many forms of oppression in its 71 years of struggle-filled existence. But in 2018 the media endured an unprecedented level of imposed “self-censorship” through tactics unbecoming of a responsible state. Those who refuse to fall in line suffer loss of readership and viewership. Unjustified cover-ups and the suppression of truth […]

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