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Descent into censorship

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Perhaps many Pakistanis first noticed the state of Indian mainstream news media when they caught a glimpse of its coverage of the Pulwama attack and Balakot strikes. There was genuine surprise — or more aptly, horror. However, for a section of the Indian media — especially, some respected news websites — the nationalistic, jingoistic and […]


Media muzzled

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Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 (PECA) is just an addition to the already existing laws that are often used against the media and journalists; laws that allow the government of the day and the state to resort to newer tactics of censorship without having to use muscle power. To this day, no one knows […]


Effective laws urged against ‘degrading’ media content

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has written a letter to the registrar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in which he has said that the media had obtained deep access into and affected all classes of society but the law against humiliating and dishonouring content was not as effective as it needed to be. He […]


LHC restrains filmmaker from ‘illegal’ use of Maula Jatt’s title, characters

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday stayed the unauthorised use of the title of the film Maula Jatt, dialogues, characters, making/shooting and exhibition of work identical to the movie. Justice Aminuddin Khan issued the stay order on a petition moved by Mohammad Sarwar Bhatti of Bahoo Film Corporation, the producer of the original 1979 […]


People of Pakistan, India driven by hysterical media: Javed Jabbar

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Former Senator Javed Jabbar gave a talk on ‘Indi-Pakistan Relations – Future Known and Unknown’ at CMC. Jabbar observed that the Pakistan-India relationship is the most complex bilateral relationship. There are no two other nations in the entire world with this kind of multilayered complexities as found between India and Pakistan. The people, he said, […]


A Ban On Indian Content?

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Indian content is about to be axed from our television screens- and not because of its poor quality. A PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) order of 2016, of restricting electronic media in Pakistan from broadcasting Indian content, is to be reinstated again as a three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday overturned […]


SC endorses Pemra’s 2016 restriction on Indian content

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed Pemra’s (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) 2016 decision of restricting electronic media in Pakistan from broadcasting Indian content. A three-judge SC bench consisting of Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan granted leave to an appeal moved by Pemra and suspended the July 18, 2017 order of the […]


When India sets new standards of ‘gutter journalism’

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Minutes after Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday evening made a surprise announcement in the joint session of Parliament to free the captured Indian pilot as a ‘gesture of peace,’ one of the known anchors on a leading Indian news channel started screaming. He was telling his viewers that Pakistan would release Wing Commander Abhinandan […]


Complying SC order, banning Indian content

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Muhammad Saleem Baig on Tuesday lauded the role television channels and cable operators in ensuring compliance of the Supreme Court (SC) orders, banning Indian channels and its content. He held a meeting with office-bearers of the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) and representatives of cable operators Sindh region […]


Security with freedoms

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THE government’s decision to interfere in citizens’ freedom of expression, lawful association and peaceful assembly is not based on sound advice, and it must be rescinded before vital state interests are harmed. Although the arrest of an activist for supporting a peaceful call for justice or any debatable transgression of the cyber law constitutes a […]


Faizabad judgment

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The apex court has issued a strong verdict in the 2017 Faizabad sit-in case. The court had taken up the matter as a suo-motu case and had reserved judgment in November 2018 after hearing the attorney general of Pakistan, the Election Commission of Pakistan and Pemra. The SC has minced no words while noting with […]


SC rules overt, covert censorship unconstitutional

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ISLAMABAD: Overt and covert censorship is unconstitutional and illegal, the Supreme Court ruled while deciding a suo motu notice relating to the Faizabad Interchange sit-in by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). “Nebulous tactics, such as issuing advice to self-censor, to suppress independent viewpoints, to project prescribed ones, to direct who should be hired or fired by media […]


TV host terms Pemra’s decision illegal

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ISLAMABAD: TV host Dr Danish has claimed that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s decision to restrain him from appearing on any TV channel in any capacity for a month for levelling ‘false’ allegations was illegal and one-sided. In a letter written to Pemra chairman, dated February 4, Dr Danish said: “I have learnt this news […]


Case against TV anchor adjourned

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ISLAMABAD – The accountability court (AC) Friday adjourned hearing of PTV corruption reference against TV anchor Dr Shahid Masood till February 19. AC Judge Muhammad Bashir conducted hearing on a reference against TV anchor regarding alleged corruption in PTV during his tenure as Managing Director (MD). During the hearing, the counsel for Masood prayed the […]