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Geo TV advised to move HCs for FIRs’ quashing

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court advised a media house on Wednesday to approach high courts to seek the quashing of several FIRs registered against it for allegedly airing sacrilegious content during a morning show. The advice came when senior counsel Mohammad Akram Sheikh, representing Geo TV network, drew the attention of a three-judge bench to the […]

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IBA president moves IHC against channel

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ISLAMABAD: Incumbent President Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) Naseer Ahmed Kiyani has filed a petition alongside Rao Abdur Raheem in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for not registering FIR against ARY television channel which aired allegedly blasphemous content in its morning show on May 16. The petitioner has also assailed the orders of an additional session […]

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Geo owner booked under Anti-Terrorism Act

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RAWALPINDI: Following an order by an additional district and sessions judge, police on Friday registered a case – under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the controversial blasphemy laws – against the owner of Geo TV and the producer and anchor of a morning show, for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of a particular sect. The judge, […]

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If any channel is shut, others will also face the same fate, Senate told

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ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers in the Senate on Wednesday cautioned against the backdoor elements pushing for derailment of the federal parliamentary system so as to sneak into the power corridors. Senators called on the government to take the ongoing crisis, stemming from the assault on Hamid Mir, seriously and take corrective measures to arrest it or some […]

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PEMRA Council not competent to suspend TV licence

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The PEMRA Council of Complaints is not competent to propose punitive action to the extent of suspension of licence of any television channel as did its members the other day. The said Council is only empowered to recommend censure and fine and that too to the PEMRA Authority under PEMRA Ordinance 2002 on violation of […]

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Six criminal cases registered against Geo

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FAISALABAD: At least six criminal cases were registered on Wednesday in different cities against the owner of Geo/Jang Group along with team members and guests in the controversial episode of Geo TV’s morning show ‘Utho Jago Pakistan’. First of these FIRs was registered in Faisalabad’s Kotwali police station. “On the court orders, the Kotwali police […]

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The Pemra puzzle

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The forces arrayed against the Jang/Geo Group may again have overplayed their hand. At this juncture they are now even trying to hide the fact that they are illegally orchestrating events. It would be comical were the outcome not so frightening for the future of a free media in the country. Three members of Pemra, […]

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Court summons 20 media representatives for fanning hatred

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SARGODHA/LAHORE/KARACHI: Courts were moved on Tuesday against TV channels for telecasting controversial content. The Sargodha District and Sessions Court has summoned Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and over 20 representatives of TV channels and journalist organisations on May 26 to give an explanation on a petition stating that different TV channels were fanning religious hatred, defaming […]

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Female lawyer termed Zionist for favouring cultural shows

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KARACHI: A general body meeting of the Karachi Bar Association (KBA), aimed at condemning Geo TV, led to serious disturbance when a woman lawyer, Afroze Begum, advocate, shouted at the organisers for rejecting fashion shows and other cultural programmes. The meeting, chaired by KBA Vice President Zahooruddin Mehsood, demanded of the government to take action […]

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Ban ARY also, court asked

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ISLAMABAD: The Shuhada Foundation of Pakistan on Saturday filed a writ petition with the Islamabad High Court against ARY Digital TV channel for airing a controversial programme. The Shuhada Foundation through Tariq Asad Advocate has filed the petition. The Federal secretary information, Pemra chairman, PTA chairman, Council of Islamic Ideology chairman, Cable Operators Association Chairman […]

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Notices issued to Jang Group’s CEO, others

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ABBOTABAD: A district judge in Abbottabad on Sunday asked the Geo/Jang group’s chief executive, the host of its morning show, its producers and staff to appear before the court today (Monday). Advocate Abdul Rauf Khan had filed an application under section 22-A of the CrPc seeking registration of criminal case against Jang/Geo Group Chief Executive […]

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Commissioner asked to form JIT over Geo case

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Police has written a letter to the commissioner asking for formation of a joint investigation team to probe blasphemy allegations against Geo TV, according to Dunya News. According to police, the complaint against Geo TV and the allegations are being evaluated fully before a decision on arrest of the accused is made. Police […]

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Media: the danger from within

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THE already deeply worrying events in the media landscape have taken a frightening turn with the reaction in several quarters to the Geo morning entertainment show debacle. The Geo programme, Utho Jago Pakistan, made a critical error of judgement by trying to fuse sensitive religious material with crass entertainment. Arguably though, it was an accident […]

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Ulema want end to protests after Geo apology

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ISLAMABAD: Sunni Tehreek (ST) chief Sarwat Ijaz Qadri, Shia Ulema Council (SUC) Central President Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) leaders Mufti Muhammad Arif Golravi and Sardar Muhammad Khan Leghari, and Pakistan Federal Union of Columnists’ members have expressed explicitly that the Geo TV administration has apologised for the controversial morning show; hence, the […]

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