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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 […]


Ministry denies secret fund for media allegations

ISLAMABAD: The information ministry disputed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday claims made by TV anchors in a petition that the government was using Rs4 billion secret funds to influence the media for its ulterior motive. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain had taken up a joint petition […]


Nisar again accuses Zardari of bribing journalists

By: Amir Wasim ISLAMABAD: Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday again accused President Asif Ali Zardari of ‘siphoning off” the national exchequer to fund ‘selected persons’ in the media and challenged the government to drag him to the court if his allegations were false. Talking to reporters outside […]


Human Rights Commission of Pakistan to help look into journalist attack case

KARACHI: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is going to help investigate an attack on a journalist by religious extremists.A staffer of The News, Zainul Abedin, was attacked on the night of August 27 outside his residence in Gulshan-e-Iqbal by four men belonging to his locality. The men, punched and kicked him over watching television […]


Kaira urges Supreme Court to take notice of ‘secret fund canard’

ISLAMABAD: The Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira, urged the Supreme Court on Monday to take action against people who had misguided it that his ministry operated secret funds. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, he held “a leader of an opposition party” responsible for the ‘propaganda’, asking him to share evidence […]


Electronic Media-Sector Development

By: Dr Abdul Jabbar The media landscape in Pakistan took a leap in the year 2002, after the promulgation of PEMRA Ordinance. The Authority was mandated to explore new avenues of investment for the private sector in broadcasting and distribution services. However, the Authority was authorised to improve the standards of information, education and entertainment […]