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Journalist detained at KU for an hour

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The Express Tribune’s Fawad Hasan was allegedly detained by security officials at the University of Karachi on Monday and then released after an hour. Fawad was at a condolence reference organised by the Karachi University Teachers Society in memory of the varsity’s former associate professor Dr Hasan Zafar Arif at the institution’s Department of International […]


Balochistan CM vows to resolve newspaper industry issues

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QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has vowed to resolve the issue of 15 per cent sales tax levied on newspaper revenue in order to facilitate journalists. Talking to newspaper editors at the CM Secretariat on Sunday, he said that his government would resolve all issues pertaining to the newspaper industry. He praised the […]


Press freedom: myth and reality

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In a meeting between the minister of state for information, Marriyum Aurangzeb, and representatives of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), the minister once again reiterated the belief of the present government in the fundamental and constitutional right of freedom of expression. Aurangzeb assured the APNS delegation that the PML-N government would continue to facilitate […]


PML-N to facilitate responsible, free media says Marriyum

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ISLAMABAD: The Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said the present democratic government of PML-N firmly believes in fundamental and constitutional right of freedom of expression and would continue to facilitate the growth of free and responsible media in the country. She was talking to a delegation of […]


Notices to govt, Pemra on plea against opposition sit-in on The Mall

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LAHORE: A Lahore High Court full bench on Tuesday issued notices to federal and provincial governments and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on petitions challenging the dharna (sit-in) of opposition parties being held today (Wednesday) on The Mall. The three-judge bench headed by Justice Aminuddin Khan also sought personal appearance of Punjab Advocate […]


Right to know

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IT is alarming how in the aftermath of the Faizabad sit-in in November, a discussion regarding the infringement of citizens’ rights has been conspicuously absent. The state apparatus blacked out news channels on TV, suspended social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, suspended mobile phone signals in selected areas, and failed to […]


600pc hike in Facebook content restriction for Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Amidst a crackdown against online blasphemy, the government has tightened its control over Facebook usage this year with 600 percent hike in successful requests for content restrictions, official data released by the social media giant confirms. The report issued this month also revealed that Facebook is increasingly cooperating with the Pakistan government by censoring […]


Absence of executive member leaves Pemra without acting chairman

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ISLAMABAD – After the removal of Absar Alam as chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority, no one is there to look after the affairs of the authority as the federal government could not appoint the executive member of the regulator during the last two years, The Nation leant. Last week, the Lahore High Court had removed Absar […]


LHC turns down govt request to put verdict against Absar on hold

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday turned down a request by the federal government to suspend the operation of a recent judgement which struck down the appointment of Absar Alam, a journalist, as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). Justice Shahid Karim, the judgement’s author, observed that the federal government […]


Pemra chief steps down after LHC order

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LAHORE: Journalist Absar Alam relinquished his position as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) shortly after the Lahore High Court (LHC) declared his appointment illegal in a decision announced on Monday. The short order annou­nced by Justice Shahid Karim set aside the appointment of Mr Alam as Pemra chairman and directed the […]


Govt told to implement anti-blasphemy measures online

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given the federal government a week to implement its order in a case related to the uploading of sacrilegious content on social media. IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui warned on Friday that in case of non-compliance, the prime minister and other cabinet ministers could be summoned at the […]


Media has underplayed SC’s timely warning against fanning flames Listen

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ISLAMABAD: The media in general and TV channels in particular either ignored or underplayed the Supreme Court’s timely warning about how irresponsibly the media is fanning the flames and pushing out hate propaganda for ratings. In its written order of the 30th Nov hearing of suo moto case regarding the Faizabad sit-in, the Supreme Court […]


SC directs Pemra to exercise extreme vigilance of electronic media

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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court has directed PEMRA to exercise extreme vigilance of the electronic media to ensure that it were strictly complying with the provisions of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Ordinance, 2002, failing which they should be proceeded against in accordance with law. The SC bench comprising Justice Mushir Alam and […]


Court moved against Pemra chief

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has been moved to order an action against Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman Absar Alam for suspending the transmission of private news channels unlawfully regarding a police operation against the participants of Islamabad sit-in. Amina Malik of the Civil Society Network made this request in a petition calling […]