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PPF condemns the threat and verbal assault on TellZim staff

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe has expressed concern over the threat and verbal assault on TellZim staff. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the verbal attack and threats on journalists and called on the law enforcement agencies and Zimbabwe government to thoroughly investigate the matter and […]


Young writer’s book of short stories launched

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KARACHI: Comedian Shafaat Ali, who was asked to moderate the book launch of Maheen Usmani’s The Mercuiral Mr Bhutto and other stories, said he felt very strange coming to the Adab Festival on Sunday because it was the first time he was asked to host something serious. Sharing his reading experience, Mr Ali said he […]


The Verdict Imran Khan or Ayub Khan: Is PMRA the new tool to curb freedom of press and control media?

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) government in the centre recently approved the formation of a new regulatory body, known as the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA). From now, all media, including print, electronic and social, will be simultaneously regulated by this newly established body. Organisations such as the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and the […]


A grave threat to freedoms

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BY approving the proposal for a law to stifle the print, electronic and digital media, the federal cabinet has put parliament on trial. Will it allow the executive absolute control over the media, or will it defend the most fundamental freedoms of the media and the people — which are also essential prerequisites to the […]


Reprint of Saqi’s Japan Edition launched

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KARACHI: A reprint of the 1936 edition of the reputed magazine Saqi’s Japan Edition containing Japanese stories edited by Shahid Ahmed Dehlvi was launched at the Japanese Consulate on Monday afternoon. Consul General of Japan Toshikazu Isomura presided over the event. He said the publication of Saqi’s Japan number was made possible because of the […]


Attack on media freedom

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The Federal cabinet gave its go-ahead on Thursday to the government plan to form a new Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) bringing under it the existing media regulatory bodies. This, said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, is to be done by merging all the rules related to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Press Council of […]


Media bodies rejects cabinet decision on PMRA

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The federal cabinet approved the formation of new regulatory body called Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) with the merger of all media regulating bodies including print, electronic and digital media. The meeting was held on January 24, headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by the journalists’ associations. The Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry […]


Stifling the press

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A “WALKING shadow”. A “poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage/ And then is heard no more”. A “tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing”. Shakespeare was describing life. He could as easily have been writing about the state of Pakistan’s media. On television screens, pundits […]


APNS team apprises Punjab PA speaker about media issues

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LAHORE: A delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) met Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Parvez Elahi here on Sunday and briefed him about the problems being faced by the Punjab based publications because of the new advertising policy, especially money owed by the government organisations. The delegation included Mehtab Khan, Mujibur Rehman Shami, Tameeza Mizami, […]


Govt’s move to set up PMRA widely slated

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) have expressed serious concern at the establishment of Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA), replacing the existing print and electronic media statutory media bodies, maintaining that the government’s objective appears to be to control both electronic and print media. This was the outcome of […]


PMRA draconian, not acceptable, says PFUJ

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Saturday rejected the government’s recent decision to establish the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA). A joint statement issued by the PFUJ President Afzal Butt and Secretary General Ayub Jan Sarhandi said establishing the Authority would be an act worse than the Press and Publications Ordinance promulgated by […]


Govt to extend cooperation to resolve media issues: Aleem

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LAHORE: Punjab Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan has said the media is an important pillar of the state and the government will extend all-out cooperation to resolve the issues of the newspaper industry for which a meeting with the Punjab chief minister will be arranged soon. He was talking to the executive body of the […]


PMRA: senseless and dangerous

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AGAINST sane advice, the PTI government has moved ahead with its agenda to tighten its control over the media. On Thursday, the federal cabinet approved the creation of the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority that will enable the government to ‘regulate’ all media in the country from one platform. The step has come in the face of strong […]


APNS, CPNE assail move to form new media body

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) have criticised the federal cabinet’s decision to set up the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) that is to replace the existing bodies regulating print and electronic media. The APNS termed the decision a particularly regressive measure and the CPNE described it as […]