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I have proof of bribe to TV channels

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said he will stick to his statement that President Asif Ali Zardari was doling out billions of rupees to favoured TV channels in the name of advertisements as part of pre-poll rigging. In a statement, he said those in Zardari’s circle were trying to distort his […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists to take action if evidence provided

ISLAMABAD: Journalists representative bodies and top media persons on Wednesday strongly denounced the statement by Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan alleging that anchorpersons were bribed by the government for pre-poll rigging and asked him to come up with names and evidence. “We demand Chaudhry Nisar to disclose the names […]


National Assembly body for boycott of media that highlights anti-Pak material

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday asked the nation to boycott those media houses which highlighted anti-Pakistan and anti Two-Nation theory material. Belum Hasnain, the chairperson, requested TV viewers and newspaper readers to boycott those media houses which give coverage to statements of persons who spoke against the country […]


Journalists’ petition against TV channel owners: Lawyers request Supreme Court to shift proceedings from Quetta

LAHORE: Senior lawyers have requested the Supreme Court not to hold proceedings on a petition filed by journalists against TV channel owners, and the distribution of money and plots among journalists by property tycoon Malik Riaz, in the Quetta Registry of the apex court because of security reasons. The apex court had issued notices to […]


National Assembly body asked to help implement code of ethics in print media

ISLAMABAD: The Press Council of Pakistan on Tuesday urged the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting to help enforce and implement the ethical code of practice in print media. The committee met Tuesday to deliberate the functions of the Press Council of Pakistan The code of practice was framed by the council to […]


Cable operators, channel owners shun Pemra meeting

By: Ahmad Hassan ISLAMABAD: Participants of a consultative meeting called by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on Monday under the directive of the Supreme Court to discuss the terms ‘obscenity’ and ‘vulgarity’ in reference to what is shown on television remained divided on the definition of the terms, whereas representatives of television channel owners and […]


Rally against threats to media persons

TANDO ADAM: A large number of journalists belonging to print and electronic media took out a rally here yesterday to protest against threats of dire consequences to the reporter and a cameraman for making footage of incident of beating a man to death in Joharabad, Charkha Ghar locality of Tando Adam. The lawyers, teachers, activists […]


Supreme Court issues notices to 58 TV channel owners

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Monday issued notices to 58 TV channel owners while hearing petitions filed by journalists against distribution of money and plots by business tycoon Riaz Malik. A two-member bench, consisting of Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Arif Hussain, heard the petitions, and filed by journalists Hamid Mir, Absar Alim and other journalists. […]


Citizens complain against airing of Indian TV channels

KARACHI: Cable operators in many parts of Karachi are airing the programmes of Indian TV channels with no landing rights in Pakistan, complain the citizens. It is learnt that cable operators in different parts of the city are routinely showing the programmes of Indian channels by hiding their logos. Many viewers think that the programmes […]


Real threat in virtual world

By: Shahzada Irfan Ahmed Who says journalists land into trouble when they transgress certain ideological or geographical boundaries? That’s not always the case. Today, it’s not necessary for them to travel to lawless zones to risk their security. They are equally vulnerable to dangers even within the confines of their homes if they care less […]


PEMRA invites experts to define ‘obscenity’

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Eletronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) invited experts on August 27 for consultations to thrash out a term ‘obscenity’ for electronic media which face criticism from certain quarters over its content. In the wake of criticism from some politicians and other stakeholders, the authority decided to address the issue in order to give […]


Prime Minister rules out banning pre-paid SIMs

By: Iftikhar A. Khan ISLAMABAD: In a move that is sure to allay concerns of cellular companies Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has rejected the idea of blocking altogether the pre-paid mobile phone SIMs. Informed sources told Dawn on Friday that while the prime minister wanted a credible verification system for issuing new SIMs by […]


Concern over plan to block pre-paid SIMs

By: Imran Ali Teepu ISLAMABAD: Telecom operators and even some security officials have expressed grave concern over the government’s plan to block pre-paid SIMs issued on bogus national identity cards. Experts believe that the $10 billion telecom industry in Pakistan with the highest mobile phone penetration in South Asia will be in trouble if the […]


Government mulls over blocking fake prepaid SIMs

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Rehman Malik has said that the government has the greatest responsibility to ensure the protection of the lives and property of the people and all efforts will be made to keep them secure. While talking to newsmen here during his visit to the Police Line headquarters, the minister said that mobile […]