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Journalists protest suspension of TV transmission

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LAHORE – To the utter surprise of the whole journalistic community, the transmission of a local television channel was suspended secretly for all the day on Tuesday and could be restored in the evening when senior politicians of the ruling party intervened. The transmission of City 42 which covers and airs the city events and […]

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‘Responsibility of media to support govt’s measures to curb terrorism’

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KARACHI: Sindh Information Secretary Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani has urged the print and electronic media to refrain from printing, publishing and sending on air such things which might provoke hatred or cause conflicts in different sects in order to suppress terrorism. He said this while presiding over a meeting of provincial action plan committee’s sub-committee […]

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Media asked to refrain from carrying ‘provocative’ news

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Karachi: Sindh information secretary Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani on Thursday urged the print and electronic media to refrain from printing, publishing or broadcasting items which could provoke hatred or cause conflicts. Presiding over a meeting of the media sub-committee of the Provincial Action Plan, the secretary said it was the responsibility of all print and […]

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Licences of 425 cable TV, one TV channel cancelled

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday cancelled 425 cable TV licences and a TV channel’s license. In its 101st meeting held here, the authority approved the cancellation of 425 cable TV licenses. Most of these cable licenses were inoperative and dormant while some of them had been cancelled for being defaulters. […]

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Role of electronic media

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ISLAMABAD: In today’s times, the media has immense power. It can be used to change people’s minds. News channels, specially, are at the top of the list when it comes to influencing the public. However, despite having great power, the media demonstrates zero responsibility. Explicit content is often aired at times when many children are […]

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Media fed on misery

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December 16 left another blow on our hearts, every eye was weeping and burdened by unbearable loss. Pakistan became the first to witness such atrocious barbarism. Immediately after the incident, the electronic media was flooded with blood splattered footage of the school, dead bodies of the young martyrs, wailing family members and many such lamenting […]

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A media gone berserk

Pakistan Press Foundation

Everybody knows the media’s job is to inform, educate and entertain people but what if it starts endangering and traumatizing lives of the citizens. Yes, it happens in Pakistan quite often where media especially electronic is still immature and irresponsible to the core. The country’s electronic media virtually went berserk shortly after the massacre of […]

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Speakers assail media for undermining peace efforts

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LAHORE: Speakers at the Nirmala Deshpande Memorial Seminar on Tuesday slammed electronic media in India and Pakistan for undermining peace efforts and spreading vitriol. The speakers criticised the media for exacerbating tension between the two countries and spreading hatred. They also stressed the need for cordial relations between the two states for India and Pakistan […]

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Ruling the airwaves

Pakistan Press Foundation

A few days ago, the BBC Urdu website carried an interesting news report that gave details of the number of exclusive interviews of various front-line politicians carried by Pakistan’s 24/7 private news channels over nearly a 10-month period – prior to the August 14 ‘revolutionary’ and ‘freedom’ marches and sit-ins by PTI and the PAT […]

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Free for all in electronic media as Pemra stays headless

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ISLAMABAD: At a time when the anti-government forces are getting united, using the electronic media for their objectives and openly announcing the toppling of the democratic government, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) is not only dysfunctional but also headless. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the government not to appoint a new […]

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PEMRA Strikes Again

Pakistan Press Foundation

It is never a good sign for freedom of speech when those meant to uphold and defend it consciously campaign in favour of arbitrary censorship for the sake of business interests and petty enmity. Media houses have only themselves to blame for the position they now find themselves in; vulnerable in the face of a […]

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Mistakes part of job, no need to flare up: PPC

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FAISALABAD: Pakistan Press Council Chairman Raja Shafqat Abbasi has said that committing of mistakes by the by any of the print or electronic media is not a big thing, it is a part of job. Addressing the media at the GCU, Lahore, and then talking to the journalists, he said the journalists reporting of the […]

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Committee set up to remove ambiguities in media code

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ISLAMABAD: Irfan Siddiqui, special assistant to the prime minister, has got another job in his hand. This time the columnist will spearhead a special committee which will work on “removing ambiguities in code of conduct for media”. Mr Siddiqui was coordinator of the first government committee for talks with the Taliban and remained in the […]

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No institution should go unchecked

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ISLAMABAD: We have an unchecked and unfettered electronic media. We have unchecked and unfettered intelligence agencies, including the all-powerful ISI. If one needs to be regulated for crossing the limits, the other too cannot be given the licence to kill. The only way forward is the rule of law. If the media do any wrong, […]

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