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Pemra bans TV anchor for 30 days

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakis­tan Electronic Media Regu­la­tory Authority (Pemra) has prohibited anchor Dr Danish from appearing on any TV channel for a month in any capacity, for levelling false and unfounded allegations against senior officials of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in one of his talk shows. A complaint against Dr Danish had […]


On media ethics

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Pakistani electronic media ethics and general human empathy touched a new low last week when a “senior” journalist of a private news channel interviewed the child of one of the Sahiwal incident’s victims on national television. The episode was not a case of some fake news, yellow journalism or defamation, which have become an everyday affair in […]


Prime Time: Morning Sickness

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Turn on the TV in the morning if you dare and tune in to the morning show circus. You may encounter a bride, swathed in red, with a beautician who declares that she will clean the ‘dulhan ki moochhein’ (the bride’s upper lip hair). Surf ahead and you may see 20 enterprising beauticians, bending over […]


PEMRA to issue licences to 76 new TV channels

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LAHORE: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Chairman Muhammad Saleem Baig has assured the students of mass communication of several opportunities in future as the media watchdog will soon issue licences to 76 new television channels. Addressing a seminar organised by Department of Mass Communication at the Government MAO College on Thursday, the PEMRA chief said, “Future […]


Private channel anchor issued warrant for damaging JS Group credibility

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KARACHI: An additional district and sessions judge Friday issued bailable arrest warrants for the anchorperson of a private TV channels “for damaging the credibility of JS Bank and JS Group”. The bank submitted a written complaint in the court stating that the accused anchor gave false and concocted remarks about reputed JS Bank in a […]


Pemra warns TV channels against anti-judiciary content

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued a warning again to the satellite television channels to desist from what it called malicious and indecent content during talk shows and discussions regarding the state institutions, particularly the judiciary. In a statement, the authority said that despite earlier directives, advice and warnings it was a […]


Indian content on TV channels

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In remarks bound to ruffle many a feather, the nation’s top judge has declared that the Supreme Court will not allow Indian content to be aired on Pakistani TV channels, citing its deleterious effects on our culture. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar’s comment on Wednesday possibly referred to the unabashed obscenity and vulgarity which the […]


Mainstream media urged to refrain from using ‘divisive’ language

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HYDERABAD: Pakistan’s eminent Sindhi and Urdu language playwright Noorul Huda Shah has drawn attention of mainstream media to its use of “Karachi aur Sindh” and said it must refrain from employing divisive language. Literary festivals could help do away with provincial parochialism in the country, said Ms Shah who, as a panellist of a session […]


Pemra chief urges zero Indian content

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Islamabad (PR) – Pemra Chairman Muhamnad Saleem Baig on Friday visited Regional Office Lahore. Regional General Manager Lahore Ayesha Manzoor Wattoo gave briefing about the operational activities, licensing and enforcement in Lahore Region. The Pemra chairman was also briefed on the ongoing crackdown being carried out by Pemra field staff in close coordination with other […]


Indian content and discontent

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Former Indian army chief and now a junior cabinet minister VK Singh just made a prediction. Banning Indian content will not stop Pakistanis from watching Indian shows. The fact that someone with Mr Singh’s profile felt the need to make such a remark shows you India is its own worst enemy. This remark ostensibly came […]


Pemra asks TV channels to observe decency in non-news content

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ISLAMABAD: The electronic media regulator has advised television channels to observe decency in their non-news content. In an advice issued to all TV channels, the Pakistan Ele­ctronic Media Regu­la­tory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday asked them not to air dramas containing controversial themes, indecent clo­thing and gestures, controversial plots (involving infidelity and extramarital affairs, etc) and […]


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 […]


Pemra imposes 30-day ban on Neo TV’s programme

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has put a 30-day ban on the broadcast of Harf-i-Raaz, a programme of Orya Maqbool Jan on Neo TV, for violating the Pemra Ordinance, 2002 and several other rules. Neo TV was issued a show-cause notice on Dec 7 for violating several laws and directives of the […]

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State-run TV corruption case: Anchorperson, investigation officer to move SC

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ISLAMABAD: In an interesting turn of events, both the counsel for Dr Shahid Masood and the investigating officer (IO), who was probing the anchorperson in state-run TV corruption case, have strongly criticised the court decision to reject anchorperson’s bail plea. The anchorperson who is accused of causing loss of Rs37 million to national exchequer during […]

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