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Government buying anchorpersons for pre-poll rigging

By: Muhammad Anis ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday said President Asif Ali Zardari is using billions of rupees from the national exchequer for distribution among his favourite television channels and to buy leading anchorpersons of independent channels before the next general elections. Chaudhry Nisar said the government has […]


National Assembly body for boycott of media that highlights anti-Pak material

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday asked the nation to boycott those media houses which highlighted anti-Pakistan and anti Two-Nation theory material. Belum Hasnain, the chairperson, requested TV viewers and newspaper readers to boycott those media houses which give coverage to statements of persons who spoke against the country […]


Journalists’ petition against TV channel owners: Lawyers request Supreme Court to shift proceedings from Quetta

LAHORE: Senior lawyers have requested the Supreme Court not to hold proceedings on a petition filed by journalists against TV channel owners, and the distribution of money and plots among journalists by property tycoon Malik Riaz, in the Quetta Registry of the apex court because of security reasons. The apex court had issued notices to […]


National Assembly body asked to help implement code of ethics in print media

ISLAMABAD: The Press Council of Pakistan on Tuesday urged the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting to help enforce and implement the ethical code of practice in print media. The committee met Tuesday to deliberate the functions of the Press Council of Pakistan The code of practice was framed by the council to […]


Cable operators, channel owners shun Pemra meeting

By: Ahmad Hassan ISLAMABAD: Participants of a consultative meeting called by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on Monday under the directive of the Supreme Court to discuss the terms ‘obscenity’ and ‘vulgarity’ in reference to what is shown on television remained divided on the definition of the terms, whereas representatives of television channel owners and […]


Supreme Court issues notices to 58 TV channel owners

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Monday issued notices to 58 TV channel owners while hearing petitions filed by journalists against distribution of money and plots by business tycoon Riaz Malik. A two-member bench, consisting of Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Arif Hussain, heard the petitions, and filed by journalists Hamid Mir, Absar Alim and other journalists. […]


Citizens complain against airing of Indian TV channels

KARACHI: Cable operators in many parts of Karachi are airing the programmes of Indian TV channels with no landing rights in Pakistan, complain the citizens. It is learnt that cable operators in different parts of the city are routinely showing the programmes of Indian channels by hiding their logos. Many viewers think that the programmes […]


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 […]