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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citizens’ freedom of expression, lawful association and peaceful assembly is not based on sound advice, and it must be rescinded before vital state interests are harmed.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 […]


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 […]