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Media accountability petition: Supreme Court freezes government’s ‘secret media fund’

By: Mohammad Zafar QUETTA: The Supreme Court has ordered to the authorities to freeze a ‘secret account’ of the ministry of information and broadcasting till the next date of hearing of a case pertaining to the formation of a media accountability commission. A division bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Jawwad Khawaja and Justice […]


Media curbs

THE extent to which extremist groups have managed to proliferate in Pakistan and the impunity with which they operate pose challenges on many fronts. Consider the bind in which Pakistani journalists, especially those working in the conflict-hit areas of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, find themselves. They must do their duty by those who seek information […]


Tainted journalists should be exposed: former ECP official: call for launching probe into bribery allegations

BY: ZULFIQAR AHMAD A thorough probe should be initiated into allegations that President Asif Ali Zardari is stuffing the pockets of some journalists, former Secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad told Business Recorder on Saturday. “This is a very serious allegation, which may influence the whole process of transparency in […]


South Asia Free Media Association seminar: ‘Government, Supreme Court can’t tell us how to live’

LAHORE: Neither the courts nor the government have the right to decide a moral code for all Pakistanis to follow, said speakers at a seminar – ‘Intellectual vigilantism in the name of piety’ organised by the South Asia Free Media Association (Safma) here on Saturday. “Many people are trying to turn this non-issue into an […]


Obscenity of censorship

By: Saroop Ijaz Once the society is told what is acceptable in one sphere, it inevitably extends to everything else. We already have one version of history, one version of religion and now we are on track for one version of morality. This is the cost of not defending Manto and Chughtai; it is about […]


Secret funds

PML-N STALWART Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has accused the federal government of using secret funds to buy the loyalty of journalists but has stopped short of naming the beneficiaries of this benevolent scheme or spelling out how an aspirant could enrol for the dole-out. Others before him have called for the outright abolishing of the […]


Anti-Pak ideology media campaign: National Assembly Body expresses its displeasure

Islamabad: The standing committee of the National Assembly on Information and Broadcasting has expressed its displeasure on the ongoing campaign in the electronic and print media designed to criticize the ideology of Pakistan. The Committee directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and also the Press Council of Pakistan to take steps to put an […]


Walking the talk

The PML-N stalwart Chaudhry Nisar’s recent accusations that some TV channels owners and anchors have been bribed by the government ahead of the 2013 elections represents a good moment to reflect on the state of the media since it came into its own in this last decade. Nisar says he has ‘proof’ to back his […]


Pakistan People’s Party Government had filed reference to get names of media men in 2002

By: Usman Manzoor ISLAMABAD: Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s statement that journalists and media houses were being “bought” by the incumbent PPP government has set tongues wagging about their names, but ironically, exactly 10 years ago, the PPP was asking the same question from the then military government. The PPP had filed a reference in the […]


I have proof of bribe to TV channels

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said he will stick to his statement that President Asif Ali Zardari was doling out billions of rupees to favoured TV channels in the name of advertisements as part of pre-poll rigging. In a statement, he said those in Zardari’s circle were trying to distort his […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists to take action if evidence provided

ISLAMABAD: Journalists representative bodies and top media persons on Wednesday strongly denounced the statement by Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan alleging that anchorpersons were bribed by the government for pre-poll rigging and asked him to come up with names and evidence. “We demand Chaudhry Nisar to disclose the names […]


Logistical difficulties

In response to a private TV channel anchorperson’ petition seeking to set up a uniform code of conduct for the private TV channels and media houses, the Supreme Court will be holding its hearings in Quetta early September. The city, however, is, unfortunately passing through an appalling phase of lawlessness. And as argued by some […]


Safeguarding ideology

National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting has very rightly called for curbing programmes and reports in media insinuating an erosion of Pakistan’s ideology. In fact, over time there has been a barrage of such derogatory programmes, which is alarming owing to the level to which television viewership has jumped up. The cable operators […]


NAB to investigate ‘Sim Sim Hamara’ fraud allegations

By: Syed Irfan Raza ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau has decided to investigate allegations of fraud in the $20 million US-funded TV programme for Pakistani children. The NAB will probe allegations against the country’s prominent stage drama company, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop (RPTW), and its informal literacy programme, Pakistan Children’s Television (PCTV). The US-funded programme […]