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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 […]


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 […]