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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 […]

‘Paid news’ and the paymasters

CHIEF minister Omar Abdullah virtually jumps at the first available opportunity to sermonise media and media persons. Often enough he conveniently forgets his own role, as head of the government, in rewarding unprofessional traits and punishing professional uprightness within the media. Speaking in Srinagar on Thursday at the inaugural ceremony of the Kashmir edition of […]

Cable operators clarify news item

ISLAMABAD: Representatives of the Cable Operators Association (CAO) Saturday strongly rejected a news item that appeared in an English newspaper saying that the CAO and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) in an earlier rally agreed to black out the broadcast of illegal and obscene TV channels as well as the writ of senior journalist Ansar […]

TV talk shows

I am a frequent viewer of TV talk shows. Basic idea behind these shows is to educate people on certain issues. There should be an exchange of views in a polite way, but now it appears that our TV talk shows have lost their utility as well as credibility. Anchors and guests are shown screaming, […]

Declaration of assets

By: ABDUL SAMAD SAMO It’s quite interesting that some so-called popular anchors of the private TV channels of our country have been preaching to politicians, generals, judges and bureaucrats in their respective current affairs programmes for declaring their assets before the nation but have been avoiding to give the same lesson to their fellow journalists/anchors […]

The nanny court

By: Dr Mohammad Taqi It is this cherry picking of issues, petitioners and the amicus curiae that raise serious concerns about the ideological agenda of the Pakistani Supreme Court The Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken the hapless acting chairperson of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA), Mr Abdul Jabbar to task again. Remember […]

Why government is ignoring media attacks on judiciary

By: Ahmad Noorani ISLAMABAD: While the government remains a silent spectator over the blatant and highly ridiculous content of some TV shows against the top judiciary and the chief justice, a few government-backed news channels are throwing fuel into this raging fire. What is being said and repeated on these channels is clearly unconstitutional as […]

Self-regulating the media

By: Basil Nabi Malik Recently on a Pakistani television channel, the live conversion of a minority member to the folds of Islam was broadcast as a momentous victory for Muslims everywhere, notwithstanding the sense of insecurity that it may have caused in other minority members of Pakistan already struggling in an increasingly conservative and intolerant […]

Cable operators directed to stop obscene shows

MIRPUR: The district administration here strictly ordered cable operators on Monday not to air Indian TV channels and vulgar programmes. The ordered was given after the administration started strict monitoring of the cable operators, official sources told APP. The administration took action on various public complaints about airing of certain objectionable programmes carrying obscene scenes […]

No policy to check TV programmes, Supreme Court told

By: Nasir Iqbal ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was not surprised on Monday when the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) stated that the government had a policy to monitor TV programmes, especially of foreign channels, nor it had a clear definition of obscenity. Pemra’s acting chairman Abdul Jabbar was of the opinion that obscenity or […]