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Unscrupulous and unethical

With a petitioners’ plea in the Supreme Court that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was given Rs 4.98 billion to be spent on the ‘welfare’ of the journalists, it is in the fitness of things that details of how and to whom this largesse was distributed should be made public. As the SC has […]


Media provoking violence over Local Government law, claims Khuhro

Karachi: Speaker Sindh Assembly and acting governor Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Wednesday alleged that a certain section of the Sindhi media was provoking violence among people over the Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012. In a statement, Khuhro said certain section of the media had given an ‘unnecessary hype’ to the issue of local government […]


Government denies state TV will be used against judiciary

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has strongly rejected contents of a news item published in dailies “The News” and “Jang” on October 17, 2012, alleging that government TV will be used to ridicule the judiciary. The spokesman said that the government and its institutions respect the judiciary as an important […]


Supreme Court orders payment of salary to institute of regional studies staff

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court altered on Tuesday its earlier restraining order under which secret funds of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had been frozen. The order had stopped the disbursement of salary of employees working in the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), a government-funded think tank. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja […]


Lahore High Court also bans airing of anti-judiciary material

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday barred all television channels from broadcasting any kind of contemptuous or ridiculous material against the judiciary and judges. Through an interim order, Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to ensure implementation of the court’s order pertaining to a ban on airing […]


Government TV to be used to ridicule judiciary

By: Ahmad Noorani ISLAMABAD: Following strict orders from two high courts not to violate the Constitution by attacking and abusing judges in TV programmes and press conferences and the cancellation of a press conference in Rawalpindi, the PPP government has decided to use the state-owned TV channel for the purpose as now most private TV […]


New Pemra rules allow: TV discussion on sub judice issues

By: Malik Asad ISLAMABAD: As some petitioners battle it out in the court to prevent the broadcast of criticism of the judiciary on news channels, the government has silently passed new regulations that will allow free discussion of sub judice issues. Pemra told the Islamabad High Court on Monday that it had passed its much-awaited […]


Prime Minister to push for implementing National Assembly resolution on obscenity

By: Ansar Abbasi ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Pervaiz Ashraf intends to speak to the Speaker National Assembly Dr Fahmida Mirza for early constitution of a parliamentary committee to devise a strategy for the protection of society from obscenity and vulgarity as has been unanimously resolved by the lower house last week. A source close to the […]


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa censor board on the anvil

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is considering establishing a censor board for checking obscenity in movies and CD and tele-films. This was stated by provincial culture minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain during a Peshawar Press Club function organised to mark the fourth death anniversary of Pashto film star Badar Munir. The minister expressed anger at growing […]


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 […]