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Parameters for media accountability case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court carved out on Monday the contours on which petitions regarding media accountability initiated at the behest of some television anchors would be decided. “It is a critical petition and we are clear about its ramifications,” Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja said while heading a two-judge bench that clubbed another petition filed by […]

Pemra forbids private channel from showing Indian soaps

LAHORE: In response to a petition filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC), Pemra confirmed in writing that a private TV channel was not entitled to broadcast any Indian dramas and that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had already issued a number of show-cause notices to the company that distributes the channel in […]

Information Ministry fund to be made more secret

By: Kalbe Ali ISLAMABAD: Amid the controversy revolving around the secret fund of the information ministry, the government has decided to change the name of the head ‘Secret Service Expenditure’ in the next budget. “We are seriously considering changing this head’s name to something like ‘discretionary fund” in the budget for 2013-14,” Information Minister Qamar […]

Hamdard urges media to design code of conduct

KARACHI: Shura Hamdard Karachi chapter has urged the electronic media to design a code of conduct on its own and implement it accordingly, said a release issued here on Friday. The Shura meeting was held on the theme ‘Media’s role in reconstruction of Pakistan’ and presided over by Haziqul Khairi, former Chief Justice, and Federal […]

Pemra holds meeting to define ‘obscenity’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has received valuable input from participants of the second consultative meeting to define the term ‘obscenity’ for electronic media, says a press release issued here on Friday.The meeting was held in Karachi and the participants represented different segments of the society. The first session on this issue was […]

Media accountability: Details of secret media fund submitted by journalists

ISLAMABAD: Senior journalists Absar Alam and Hamid Mir rejected earlier claims by the information ministry and its counsel and presented details of spending under the controversial secret fund on Thursday. Speaking to the media after the hearing, Alam said “we submitted details of supplementary grants given by the ministry which are not mentioned in the […]

Ministry denies secret fund for media allegations

ISLAMABAD: The information ministry disputed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday claims made by TV anchors in a petition that the government was using Rs4 billion secret funds to influence the media for its ulterior motive. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain had taken up a joint petition […]

Nisar again accuses Zardari of bribing journalists

By: Amir Wasim ISLAMABAD: Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday again accused President Asif Ali Zardari of ‘siphoning off” the national exchequer to fund ‘selected persons’ in the media and challenged the government to drag him to the court if his allegations were false. Talking to reporters outside […]

Kaira urges Supreme Court to take notice of ‘secret fund canard’

ISLAMABAD: The Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira, urged the Supreme Court on Monday to take action against people who had misguided it that his ministry operated secret funds. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, he held “a leader of an opposition party” responsible for the ‘propaganda’, asking him to share evidence […]

Sealing secrecy

The secret fund maintained by the Ministry of Information has long been a subject of much controversy. It has been assumed for years that the funds maintained under this head are used for purposes for bribes or to manipulate the media in other devious ways. Hearing a petition filed by journalists Hamid Mir and Absar […]

Who defines obscenity?

By: Huma Yusuf PEMRA’S ongoing quest, initiated at the Supreme Court’s behest, to define ‘obscenity’ for the purposes of media monitoring is ludicrous. The electronic media regulatory authority had initially demonstrated great sagacity in barring television channels from broadcasting ‘obscene material’ without specifying what that might constitute. However, its current quest — particularly the suggestion […]

A breather for Sharjeel, as Court turns to petitioner

KARACHI: In the alleged contempt-of-court case against Sharjeel Memon, the provincial information minister, the Sindh High Court has asked the petitioner to explain if the case falls in its jurisdiction. The petition was filed by a non-governmental organisation that seeks to disqualify the minister on charges of contempt and ridicule of superior courts and judges. […]

TV channels asked to implement labour laws

LAHORE: The Punjab Labour Department has initiated the process to implement labour laws in TV channels.In this regard, Punjab Labour Department Deputy Director Nadeem Akhtar issued notices to the administration of the TV channels directing them to furnish details of their employees to the department and the salaries being paid to them. It was also […]

Policing the press

By: Ali Zafar The Supreme Court has decided to formulate a ‘code of conduct’ for journalists, observing that “an implementable code of conduct was necessary for media”. If this is an attempt to muzzle the press because some within it have become outspoken critics of the Court, then I fear we may soon experience a […]