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Obscenity in court

By: Waqqas Mir While gentlemen with beards approach our Supreme Court often, it is rare that a model/Bollywood diva’s legs force Lady Justice to peek. Ms Katrina Kaif’s legs, in ways she may never have imagined, have made it to the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The issue in question: obscenity on television. The purported evidence, […]


Insult to injury

By: Shagufta Naaz Once upon a time Ramazan was all about feasting and fasting; when PTV marked the holy month with melodious naats and hamds and clerics engaged in meaningful debates. When alms were given in secret and charity was practiced with humility. And then came the media circus. If anything sells more than morning […]


PEMRA invites experts to define ‘obscenity’

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Eletronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) invited experts on August 27 for consultations to thrash out a term ‘obscenity’ for electronic media which face criticism from certain quarters over its content. In the wake of criticism from some politicians and other stakeholders, the authority decided to address the issue in order to give […]


Terminology of mass murder

By: Abbas Nasir MEDIA watchers will have observed the changing vocabulary of newspapers in particular as the print media covers ethnic and sectarian strife. Yet, despite this ever-evolving vocabulary, some social media activists have expressed disquiet over the language used by the media to describe the frequent Shia killings. Is this criticism justified or over […]


An embedded media

By: Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press is an invaluable asset for a state that is hell bent on ensuring that its ideology is accepted as the supreme truth Some newspapers (not Daily Times) tried to present the FC-managed and orchestrated August 14 celebrations in Quetta as spontaneous and fervent, but the […]


Federal Board of Revenue finalises tax profile of prominent TV anchors

Tax profiles of prominent media personalities including leading television anchors have been finalised by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), revealing astonishing facts as most of them have concealed their income by not filing their wealth statements, through under-reporting and wrong-reporting of taxes, hiding their movable and immovable assets. Sources told Business Recorder here on […]


An appeal to TV channels

By: ASIM MUNIR I want to make an appeal to the electronic media in both the public and private sectors. I am making this request after viewing a report a few days ago on almost all TV channels of Pakistan that about 100 Hindu families from Shikarpur, Sindh, were boarding a train to migrate as […]


Illiterate Scholars

By: Wajid Ali Khan Pakistan is blessed with weird and wonderful, the phenomenon is not restricted to natural beauty of Pakistan, but it is evident in its culture and its people. How was it possible that the Journalistic community could be spared of this phenomenon? This community more than any other community or group has […]


Pakistan Air Force media wing: Prompt official updates avert media chaos

ISLAMABAD: The Air Force media wing’s prompt response after militants attacked Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base Minhas in Kamra helped avert the usual chaos media outlets go through during such incidents. The office of media affairs of the PAF confirmed immediately that the base had come under attack. “A group of terrorists have attacked a […]


Media ethics

BY: FARHANA ANSARI WHILE it is admirable the way our media has evolved from naught to a force to reckon with, is it really necessary for some TV channels to present their news bulletins in a sing song manner? The words are made to rhyme, and clips from songs, mostly Indian, are played in the […]


Doing good’

THIS is apropos of your editorial ‘Doing good’ (July 29), which appreciates and endorses the cause of Indian star Amir Khan’s new TV programme ‘Satyamev Jayte’ (truth alone prevails). Here is a question that many minds would be pondering over: why are TV channels in our country lagging behind in televising such innovative programmes to […]


Journalist’s suicide: Murder case against newspaper owner

LAHORE: Islampura police registered on Thursday a murder case against five people, including the owner of a daily, after a woman journalist committed suicide on Wednesday by jumping from a multi-storey hostel building after she failed to get four-month’s salary. Complainant Afzaal said his daughter Seemab had been employed in daily Anti-Crime some four months […]


Responsibility of free media

By: SHAHZAD KHALIL Sialkot: Freedom comes with responsibility and efforts by Hamid Mir and Absar Alam to restore credibility of our print and electronic media are a step in the right direction. When journalists get complimentary memberships of clubs like the controversial club built on land belonging to Pakistan Railways, eyebrows are raised, or they […]


Female journalist commits suicide in Lahore

LAHORE: A 20-year-old girl committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of a local hostel in the Islampura area on Wednesday. The deceased, Seemab, who hailed from Narang Mandi, had been serving in a local newspaper as a lady reporter for the last three years. She was mentally disturbed as she was not given […]