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National Assembly passes resolution against obscenity on TV channels

By: Muhammad Anis ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution expressing serious concern over the broadcasting of illegal foreign channels through cable network, the growing trends of obscenity and indecency through local channels and the unchecked flow of blasphemous and vulgar material through the internet into Pakistan in violation of the Constitution […]


Slander or fair criticism?

THE debate has always been on and will continue. A restraining order by the Islamabad High Court to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has added greater urgency to the discussion about freedom of expression and law in the Pakistani context. The order asked Pemra to ensure that nothing defamatory of the superior judges is […]


Supreme Court refuses blind person to become party in media case

By: Ahmad Noorani ISLAMABAD: The SC has refused to admit an application by Zahid Abdullah, a blind but an energetic person, who prayed to become a party in the journalists’ case to provide the apex court with evidence of secret funds. The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) deplores the fact that the Supreme […]


Islamabad High Court bars media from printing, airing anti-judiciary material

By: Faisal Kamal Pasha ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman “to ensure that no programme containing uncommendable, malicious and wicked material is telecast by any of the channels in which person of the honourable chief justice of Pakistan […]


Petition seeking ban on media

By: Malik Asad ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday (today) will take up a petition seeking to restrain the media from airing or publishing news items against the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) and the superior judiciary. The petitioner, Muhammad Nadeem, who is an advocate […]


Move to stop law violations against judiciary

By: Ahmad Noorani ISLAMABAD: A petition is being filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday to restrain the media from becoming a tool in the hands of a few well-placed persons who are known for spitting venom against the judiciary, in clear violation of the Constitution to safeguard their mega corruption and heinous […]


Defining obscenity

By: Anwer Mooraj KARACHI: This is with reference to Mazhar Abbas’ article “Defining obscenity” (September 29). He wrote a very good piece on the topic. He has a gift for cutting through a lot of verbiage and arriving at the kernel of an argument in seconds. I thoroughly agree with him when he says that […]


TV channel didn’t reply to Pemra notice, court told

KARACHI: On a writ petition filed by Hum TV, Express Entertainment, TV ONE, ARY Digital and Geo Entertainment, Justice Mrs Ayesha Malik of the Lahore High Court, after hearing in detail all the parties, including senior most officials of Pemra, directed the local distributor of a foreign TV channel to immediately stop showing any Indian […]


Defining obscenity

By: Mazhar Abbas The writer is director current affairs Express News and has previously worked with ARY News. He is a former secretary-general of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists By the end of next week, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) will define obscenity, as per the directives of the Supreme Court of […]


Media accountability case: Court warns Attorney General against interrupting proceedings

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court warned Attorney General Irfan Qadir on Thursday against interrupting court proceedings and said such conduct was not conducive to the administration of justice. The warning came during the hearing of a set of petitions regarding media accountability initiated at the behest of some television anchors. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Jawwad […]


Supreme Court brings journalists in ‘contempt net’

By: Hasnaat malik ISLAMABAD: Contempt of court cases are on the rise in 2012 as the Supreme Court on Tuesday indicted the chief editor of an English magazine for scandalising and disrespecting the judiciary by publishing a news report about an email allegedly written by the SC registrar to seek tax returns and verification of […]


Pak Press behaved responsibly, called for peaceful protests: BBC

LAHORE: The BBC on Friday reported that Pakistani Press behaved responsibly on the occasion of “Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool” by exhorting upon the protesters to remain peaceful while registering their protest against the profane film produced in the US. “Pakistani papers called for peaceful protests in the wake of the Cabinet’s decision to observe “Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool” on Friday to […]


Kaira questions absence of leaders who called strike, protest

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira Friday questioned where the leadership of the parties that had given a strike and protest call had gone and why they had left their activists alone to ransack the public properties. The information minister also criticized media and said they acted irresponsibly. “Live coverage of violent […]


Supreme Court gives Pemra two weeks to define ‘obscenity’

By: Sohail Khan ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench Monday heard a constitutional petition regarding obscene and other objectionable material aired by the media and directed Pemra to define ‘obscenity’ within a period of two weeks. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji […]