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All Pakistan Newspapers Society rejects anchorpersons’ allegations

ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society has rejected what it terms an irresponsible campaign by some elements in the electronic media to malign the APNS and the print media. According to a press release, the executive committee of the APNS at a meeting held in Islamabad strongly condemned the assertion of some anchorpersons for accusing […]


Parameters for media accountability case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court carved out on Monday the contours on which petitions regarding media accountability initiated at the behest of some television anchors would be decided. “It is a critical petition and we are clear about its ramifications,” Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja said while heading a two-judge bench that clubbed another petition filed by […]


Websites carrying anti-Islam film blocked, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority tells court

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it had blocked 934 websites carrying an anti-Islam film which provoked worldwide protests. PTA’s Director General Waseem Tauqeer, who had been summoned by the court, said the authority had acted on the orders of the ministry of information technology. In a later […]


Government blocks YouTube operations

By: Khawar Ghumman ISLAMABAD: In response to surging protests against the controversial film ‘Innocence of Muslims”, the government decided on Monday evening to block operations of the video sharing website YouTube in the country. “Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has taken cognizance of the blasphemous film available on YouTube and has issued strict instructions to […]


Film protestors attack Press Club in Dir

PESHAWAR: Journalists in Peshawar have condemned an attack in Upper Dir on Wari Press Club, burnt by protestors angered by an anti-Islam film. Journalists at the club were also reportedly held hostage as scattered protests continued in parts of the country. The Peshawar Press Club termed the incident an attack on the freedom of press […]


Journalists beaten

SUKKUR: A Samaa TV reporter, Iftikhar Arain, and his cameraman were beaten by staff at Civil Hospital, Shikarpur on Sunday. On Sunday evening, a woman, identified as Chasmi, was admitted in labour but there was no female doctor available. Her angry relatives started protesting outside the hospital. Arain and his cameraman rushed to the hospital […]


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority fails to block anti-Islam film completely

By: Obaid Abrar Khan RAWALPINDI: Despite the claim of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) that it has blocked the anti-Islam movie from the website YouTube.com; clips of the film are still available. When The News contacted Deputy Director PR PTA Malahat Rab, she said PTA was trying its best to block the link of the […]


Pemra forbids private channel from showing Indian soaps

LAHORE: In response to a petition filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC), Pemra confirmed in writing that a private TV channel was not entitled to broadcast any Indian dramas and that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had already issued a number of show-cause notices to the company that distributes the channel in […]


Information Ministry fund to be made more secret

By: Kalbe Ali ISLAMABAD: Amid the controversy revolving around the secret fund of the information ministry, the government has decided to change the name of the head ‘Secret Service Expenditure’ in the next budget. “We are seriously considering changing this head’s name to something like ‘discretionary fund” in the budget for 2013-14,” Information Minister Qamar […]


Pakistani journalists receive training

Nine training workshops on the basics of journalism for district correspondents have been conducted by the Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP), with the support of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). A total of 229 district correspondents, including 68 students of the Media Studies Department of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and […]


Evolution of the female journalist

Karachi: The number of females working in the Pakistani media is fairly large now as compared to the past. But even then it seems that a female-oriented story is still not given priority in the news/media, unless it is glamorous or related to crime/abuse. Is this the editors’ fault or the fault of the female […]


Pemra holds meeting to define ‘obscenity’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has received valuable input from participants of the second consultative meeting to define the term ‘obscenity’ for electronic media, says a press release issued here on Friday.The meeting was held in Karachi and the participants represented different segments of the society. The first session on this issue was […]


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 […]


Controversial video on YouTube blocked

ISLAMABAD: The authorities on Thursday blocked access to an anti-Islam video clip as security measures were beefed up around US diplomatic missions, following attacks on American consulates and embassies in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. “We have beefed up the security for possible threats to the US embassy,” Khurram Rasheed, a senior police official responsible for […]