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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 […]


Supreme Court directs PEMRA

The Supreme Court has directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take immediate notice of programmes and advertisements that could be described as vulgar, being aired by private television channels. PEMRA has also been ordered to set parameters to curb such waywardness. SC’s bench came into action after Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed and […]


Vulgar and obscene

By: Harris Khalique There were two letters written to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan by an arch rightwing politician and another ardent rightwing figure, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the former Ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami, and Justice (retired) Wajihuddin Ahmed, one of the leaders of Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf. They prayed to the Supreme […]


Supreme Court directs PEMRA

The Supreme Court has directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take immediate notice of programmes and advertisements that could be described as vulgar, being aired by private television channels. PEMRA has also been ordered to set parameters to curb such waywardness. SC’s bench came into action after Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed and […]


Supreme Court directs PEMRA to check obscenity on TV channels

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to set the parameters for discouraging programmes and advertisements showing obscenity on TV channels. A three-member bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, heard suo motu proceedings regarding obscene and other objectionable material carried in the […]


Pemra faces technological constraints

ISLAMABAD: As the associations of the Pakistan Cable Operators and the Pakistan Broadcasters moved the Supreme Court to become party in an ongoing case against obscenity and vulgarity in the electronic media, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) told the court that technological constraints restrained it from monitoring cable operators. “Television channels (Indian channels) […]


Policing TV channels

Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed of the Supreme Court, who has recently joined the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, has got together with an ex-Ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, and complained to the Supreme Court about obscenity on TV channels. This has caused Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to deliver an instant obiter dictum: “TV channels are […]


Telecom sector rejects media reports on tax evasion

By: Abrar Mustafa ISLAMABAD: The telecom sector has released a joint statement to refute recent reports issued in the media that have supported the NAB’s allegations of non-deposit of sales tax on interconnection charges over the last five years. The statement was issued following incorrect media reports claiming that the telecom sector had agreed to […]