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Ethical journalism

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In an age when it appears that the public around the world is falling out with facts, humanity and accountable truth-telling, the future of ethical journalism appears rather bleak. This situation is dealt in detail in a report titled Ethics in the News, compiled by the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), which throws light on the […]


IHC rejects plea to withdraw case against TV anchor

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ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench here on Wednesday rejected an application to withdraw a petition that had been filed seeking lifetime ban on anchorperson Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain for using electronic and social media for his hate speeches, justifying violence and public disorder. The petition was filed by a citizen Muhammad Abbas through […]


Pemra directs TV channel to apologise for airing indecent dialogue

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ISLAMABAD: The 136th authority meeting of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday approved the request of M/s Indigo Entertainment (Pvt.) Ltd, Lahore with regard to grant of landing rights permission for the foreign satellite TV Channels “Fight Sports” in ‘Sports’ category and “DreamWorks Animation” in Children category. The forum also approved restoration […]


Reporting restrictions

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IN the interest of justice, there are times when restraint is prudent and desirable. The Supreme Court bench hearing the Hudaibya Paper Mills reference has quite reasonably barred TV talk shows from discussing the case and ordered Pemra to ensure that its directives are implemented. Pemra in turn has issued instructions to television channels to […]


Hudaibiya case: media asked to do factual reporting

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Supreme Court Monday asked media for factual reporting on the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. It issued directives to Pemra to ensure that no broadcast is allowed to discuss merits and demerits of the case in talk shows. A three-member bench led by Justice Mushir Alam passed the order while hearing an appeal of National Accountability […]


Hundreds of civil servants still working as journalists

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KARACHI: Despite the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) orders, more than 500 government employees, especially teachers, are still working as journalists in violation of the Sindh Civil Servant (Conduct) Rules, 2008. According to official records available with The Express Tribune, these teachers, assistant professors, professors, principals of various colleges and even doctors and engineers are working […]


Media’s questionable role

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The Supreme Court bench hearing suo moto notice proceedings of the abusive language used at the Faizabad sit-in has expressed grave concern over the role of some media outlets in inflaming religious passions – a worry shared by a large body of public opinion. In a stinging indictment of the irresponsible manner in which certain […]


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 […]


Pemra asks TV channels not to portray Sindhis as ‘extremists’

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra ) has advised all Sindhi-language TV channels not to portray Sindhis as “extremists and miscreants”. The regulator has also advised these channels to respect the code of conduct agreed upon in 2015 and refrain from promoting themes and subjects that glorify violence in Sindhi plays, according to […]


Court in Peshawar orders inquiry against journalist

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PESHAWAR: A court has ordered the Peshawar SSP (Investigation) to conduct an inquiry against an Islamabad-based journalist on an application filed by a police officer accusing the journalist of committing defamation by filing a baseless news story against him. The court of the additional district and sessions judge Jehangir Khan, ordered the SSP to conduct […]


PTV current affairs director sacked after allegations of harassment, misuse of authority

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Pakistan Television (PTV) on Friday sacked its suspended director of current affairs, Agha Masood Shorish, following allegations of sexual harassment and misuse of authority by multiple staffers at the state-run broadcaster. A total of five inquiries had been initiated against Shorish, including three for sexual harassment. PTV’s 14 producers had also filed a complaint against […]


TV channels’ nightmarish Urdu pronunciation and an Urdu pronouncing dictionary

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URDU pronunciation of some Pakistani TV channels is giving nightmares to many, though the owners and anchors of those channels may not even be aware how mercilessly they have been slaughtering our national language. Aside from intermingling English words and phrases with their Urdu conversation, these innocent anchors mispronounce many Urdu words, sometime rendering the […]


Media losing neutrality at fast pace: Speakers

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KARACHI – Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Inter Provincial Coordination Nawab Taimor Talpur said that federal government would be approached to declare journalism as fourth pillar of state officially. He said that he will apprise Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah regarding this demanded of journalist community to raise this matter at […]


If so pious, TV anchors should declare 10-year income tax, assets: Absar

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SARGODHA: Pemra Chairman Absar Alam on Wednesday said professional standards were diminishing in electronic media, adding that some TV anchors believed that they could utter anything and were above the law. These people think that apologising for a mistake will damage their honour, Absar said at Sargodha Press Club. He said no one could be […]