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3 CD shops blown up, no casualty: Police

SWABI: Unidentified miscreants blew up three CD shops at village Bacha with time bomb in the wee hours of Monday here, police said. The incident occurred in the limits of Swabi police station where miscreants placed low intensity bombs to CD shops and detonated it with remote-control device. No loss of life was reported. According […]


Social Media’s viral video highghlits journalists’ corruption in Pakistan

By Ahmed Jatt Islamabad: You might still remember fiasco of Malik Riaz and Dunya News anchors Mubashar Lucman and Mehar Bukhari which was termed as a planted interview. Now this video, actually a program by Waqt TV, alleges about some of the much known journalists of ‘making money’ out of their professional influence. The YouTube […]


Aisam’s wife lodges FIR against Facebook hackers

By: Murtaza Ali Shah LONDON: Faha Makhdoom, the wife of star tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq, Saturday formally launched criminal proceedings against the fake account holders who had been been using a Facebook account to spread rumours about her alleged marriage difficulties. The News has learnt that Faha Makhdoom has reported the fake Facebook account called “Faha […]


Pemra warns against indecent telecasts by TV channels

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday warned against, what it called, increasing challenge of airing indecent, vulgar dramas and movies on television channels. In a statement, the authority said that it had been decided at a high-level meeting that strict action would be taken under the law against all those who […]


PCP forms advisory body on media ethics

ISLAMABAD: Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) Chairman Raja Shafqat Abbasi has approved the constitution of Advisory Committee of Academia to assist the PCP on the issues related to the media ethics, their promotion and inclusion of ethics in curriculum, etc, and to give recommendations in this regard. According to a press release issued on Friday, […]


Reporter facing life threats

MANDI BAHAUDDIN: For broadcasting a report on a private TV channel regarding human trafficking from here, a reporter is facing life threats on phone. Syed Manzar Sajjad lodged a complaint with DCO Tariq Chaudhry about the threats and the DCO has assured him provision of complete security and support. He claimed that the report was […]


Two journalists move SC for media accountability commission

ISLAMABAD: Two eminent and respected journalists, Hamid Mir and Absar Alam, have knocked at the doors of the Supreme Court demanding constitution of a National Media Commission to hold the journalists and media-owners accountable and to formulate a code of conduct. They have also demanded of the apex court that the proposed commission may also […]


Limits of the social media

By: Bina Shah ‘WHAT is this social media, and why is it so important?’ Variations of this question rang out all weekend as news spread of the Social Media Mela, a conference that brought Indian journalists, writers, and activists to Karachi to discuss with their Pakistani counterparts how the social media has affected various aspects […]


Joint efforts needed to give Pakistan peace: Farooqui

By: Nawaz Khuhro KARACHI: Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister on Media Affairs, Sharmila Farooqui, said on Wednesday that joint efforts are needed to give Pakistan peace, unity and love. “Peace building efforts are a must to improve national image of our country,” she said while addressing as chief guest at the concluding ceremony of […]


Journalists condemn ‘ban’ on cultural activities in Swat

PESHAWAR: The Culture Journalists Forum (CJF) Tuesday condemned ‘ban’ on artistes and singers by Swat DPO and demanded of the provincial government to explain reasons for banning cultural activities in and around Mingora, Swat. They said artistes and singers started moving to safe places after DPO Swat imposed ban on their profession. The forum said […]


Rally against blocking of website turns violent

KARACHI: At least three passenger vehicles were set on fire on Tuesday evening when a heavy police contingent tried to stop the participants of a rally organized by the Shia Action Committee (SAC) to stop them from going towards the office of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sharae Faisal. They were protesting against the […]


Senate body directs resolution of journalists’ problems

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting expressed deep concerns over the problems being faced by media persons due to late salary payments and working conditions. The committee, on Tuesday, directed information secretary to take necessary actions and resolve the problems of the media persons. Senator Kamil Ali Agha chaired the meeting at […]


CJ takes suo moto notice of obscene TV shows, internet sites

By: Ansar Abbasi ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has taken notice of the applications filed by former Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) amir Qazi Hussain Ahmad and retired judge and PTI leader Justice Wajiuddin against growing vulgarity and obscenity in the society through electronic media, illegal Indian channels, cable network and internet. Following the complaints from the […]


Role of media in peace building highlighted

KARACHI: Participants of a national consultative workshop on ‘Peace Building’ have said that media can play a pivotal role in promoting peace and harmony in the society. Journalists should report ongoing conflicts with consciousness, impartiality and factuality. This was observed by the participants, belonging to the 23 districts of Pakistan, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), FATA and […]