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I have proof of bribe to TV channels

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said he will stick to his statement that President Asif Ali Zardari was doling out billions of rupees to favoured TV channels in the name of advertisements as part of pre-poll rigging. In a statement, he said those in Zardari’s circle were trying to distort his […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists to take action if evidence provided

ISLAMABAD: Journalists representative bodies and top media persons on Wednesday strongly denounced the statement by Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan alleging that anchorpersons were bribed by the government for pre-poll rigging and asked him to come up with names and evidence. “We demand Chaudhry Nisar to disclose the names […]


Logistical difficulties

In response to a private TV channel anchorperson’ petition seeking to set up a uniform code of conduct for the private TV channels and media houses, the Supreme Court will be holding its hearings in Quetta early September. The city, however, is, unfortunately passing through an appalling phase of lawlessness. And as argued by some […]


Safeguarding ideology

National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting has very rightly called for curbing programmes and reports in media insinuating an erosion of Pakistan’s ideology. In fact, over time there has been a barrage of such derogatory programmes, which is alarming owing to the level to which television viewership has jumped up. The cable operators […]


NAB to investigate ‘Sim Sim Hamara’ fraud allegations

By: Syed Irfan Raza ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau has decided to investigate allegations of fraud in the $20 million US-funded TV programme for Pakistani children. The NAB will probe allegations against the country’s prominent stage drama company, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop (RPTW), and its informal literacy programme, Pakistan Children’s Television (PCTV). The US-funded programme […]


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 […]