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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 […]

World Association of Press Councils approves membership of Press Council of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Executive Council of World Association of Press Councils (WAPC) has approved the membership of Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) in its annual meeting held on September 6, at Moro Goro, Tanzania. Request for the membership of this prestigious organisation was made by the PCP last year. PCP Chairman Raja Shafqat Abbasi gave a detailed […]

TV channels asked to implement labour laws

LAHORE: The Punjab Labour Department has initiated the process to implement labour laws in TV channels.In this regard, Punjab Labour Department Deputy Director Nadeem Akhtar issued notices to the administration of the TV channels directing them to furnish details of their employees to the department and the salaries being paid to them. It was also […]

Chief Justice asked to take suo moto action on APP affairs

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has been approached for suo moto action on alleged ‘mismanagement and corruption’ in the state-owned Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) to save it from complete disaster. In a 3-page complaint No POS 5906/G dated Sept 3, 2012, for initiation of suo moto proceedings, the CJ’s attention is also been […]

Media accountability petition: Supreme Court freezes government’s ‘secret media fund’

By: Mohammad Zafar QUETTA: The Supreme Court has ordered to the authorities to freeze a ‘secret account’ of the ministry of information and broadcasting till the next date of hearing of a case pertaining to the formation of a media accountability commission. A division bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Jawwad Khawaja and Justice […]

All Pakistan Newspapers Society to suspend Sindh government ads

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society has decided to suspend publication of advertisements brought out by the Sindh information department if it fails to clear all dues by Sept 15, according to a press release. The Sindh committee of the APNS, at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Kazi Asad Abid, expressed dismay over […]

All Pakistan Newspapers Society denounces murder of Mukhtar Azmi, son

KARACHI: The APNS has strongly condemned the murder of Mukhtar Azmi and his son Baqar Azmi in a target killing Wednesday evening by unknown assailants. Mr Azmi was a veteran advertising practitioner and proprietor of MAZ Advertising. He had worked in some ad agencies in different capacities and took active part in the promotion of […]

Cabinet approves ‘fair trial’ bill

By: Khawar Ghumman ISLAMABAD: It may be called Fair Trial bill, but its draft, which the government plans to table in parliament will hardly be fair to all Pakistani citizens. The bill which the government argues will allow investigation “by modern techniques and devices” will, if passed in its current shape, authorise the state to […]

Time for ‘holy intervention’

RT Rev Dr Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith on Saturday lent his voice to media rights campaigners. Speaking at [an] … award ceremony, he said the killings and disappearances of journalists must be probed and the perpetrators brought to justice…. On the Committee to Protect Journalists Impunity Index 2012, Sri Lanka is ranked fourth –– below Iraq, […]

All Pakistan Newspapers Society assails cases filed by government against newspapers

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society has denounced registration of cases against its member publications and news agencies by Balochistan’s home secretary for reporting incidents of terrorism in the province and termed it an attempt to scuttle press freedom. It said in a press release that while outlawed terrorist organisations threatened to kill journalists to […]