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Pemra chief steps down after LHC order

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LAHORE: Journalist Absar Alam relinquished his position as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) shortly after the Lahore High Court (LHC) declared his appointment illegal in a decision announced on Monday. The short order annou­nced by Justice Shahid Karim set aside the appointment of Mr Alam as Pemra chairman and directed the […]


Afzal Khan: A fighter, an honourable journalist

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Mr Mohammed Afzal Khan, one of the senior most journalists still surviving from amongst the old lot, the lot on whom the Pakistani media can be genuinely proud of, passed away in Fairfax, Virginia, on Dec 14, after a long battle with serious ailments. Mr Khan was in his 80s and was a contemporary of […]


Special report: A sisterhood with nerves of steel

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“The truth does not change when a government does. Like freedom, truth is open to misuse, but, again like freedom, it can’t be withheld on that count,” wrote the late Razia Bhatti in one of her searing editorials. These were not merely fine words: Ms Bhatti, editor of the Herald and later of Newsline – […]


Govt told to implement anti-blasphemy measures online

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given the federal government a week to implement its order in a case related to the uploading of sacrilegious content on social media. IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui warned on Friday that in case of non-compliance, the prime minister and other cabinet ministers could be summoned at the […]


Acclaimed journalist Afzal Khan passes away in US

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WASHINGTON: Acclaimed Pakistani journalist and former Washington correspondent of the Associated Press of Pakistan Afzal Khan passed away in Virginia on Thursday morning. The veteran journalist was suffering from cardiac complications and was under treatment at a hospital in Virginia, outside of Washington DC. Khan was a prominent Pakistani journalist and an influential voice in journalistic […]


Attaul Haq Qasmi quits as PTV chairman

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ISLAMABAD: Expressing disappointment over the working conditions at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Attaul Haq Qasmi on Wednesday resigned from the post of PTV chairman after serving at the post for almost two years. “In the prevailing circumstances in the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage, it has become increasing difficult […]


IHC bans TV anchor from appearing on TV

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday imposed a ban on a television host Amir Liaquat Hussain for two weeks till the next date of hearing and ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) that no material from the anchor or on his behalf, connected to court order, be made viral on social media in […]


Plea against Pemra chief: LHC again issues notices to Fed Govt, Pemra

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LAHORE: Justice Ayesha A. Malik of the Lahore High Court again issued notices Tuesday on a petition seeking action against Pemra Chairman Absar Alam for suspending transmission of all private news channels unlawfully during a police operation against participants of Islamabad sit-in. The judge earlier had sought replies from the federal government and Pemra on […]


Pemra directs TV channel to apologise for airing indecent dialogue

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ISLAMABAD: The 136th authority meeting of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday approved the request of M/s Indigo Entertainment (Pvt.) Ltd, Lahore with regard to grant of landing rights permission for the foreign satellite TV Channels “Fight Sports” in ‘Sports’ category and “DreamWorks Animation” in Children category. The forum also approved restoration […]


Renowned journalist Nargis Khanum passes away

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KARACHI: Renowned journalist Nargis Khanum died of a heart attack on Tuesday afternoon. She was coming to the Karachi Press Club (KPC) in her car when she felt uncomfortable. She managed to stop the car after which she passed away. Khanum was born in 1943 in Pune in pre-partition India. Her family shifted to Pakistan […]


Ahmed Barkati: A Renowned author of literature is no more

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KARACHI: Renowned author of literature for children and editor of Hamdard Naunihal, Syed Masood Ahmed Barkati passed away at 87, after a prolonged illness. Barkati used to edit Hamdard Naunihal for the last 40 years. He was considered to be a close aide of Hakim Muhammad Saeed. He hailed from a learned family of Tonk, […]


Hudaibiya case: media asked to do factual reporting

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Supreme Court Monday asked media for factual reporting on the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. It issued directives to Pemra to ensure that no broadcast is allowed to discuss merits and demerits of the case in talk shows. A three-member bench led by Justice Mushir Alam passed the order while hearing an appeal of National Accountability […]


Naunehal’s Masood Barkati passes away

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KARACHI: Masood Ahmed Barkati, who edited children’s magazine Hamdard Naunehal for around 65 years, passed away after protracted illness on Sunday. He was 87. His friends and family members said Masood Ahmed Barkati, a prolific writer of children’s literature who wrote 20 books, was ill and died on Sunday evening. He had been editing the […]


Hundreds of civil servants still working as journalists

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KARACHI: Despite the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) orders, more than 500 government employees, especially teachers, are still working as journalists in violation of the Sindh Civil Servant (Conduct) Rules, 2008. According to official records available with The Express Tribune, these teachers, assistant professors, professors, principals of various colleges and even doctors and engineers are working […]