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How Axact TV project moved on despite ISI, ministry’s objection

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ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry, which is the authority to issue security clearance for a new satellite TV channel or any new owner under the law, has never issued a valid security clearance to the Axact’s channel and withdrew an invalidly-issued NOC when the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) intimated the ministry and Pemra that the NOC to […]

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Anti-PTI ads – illegal, unethical, and on-air?

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By: Adnan Rehmat The government’s ad campaign against Imran Khan is complicated for both legal and ethical reasons. “Imran Khan is a vitriolic, power hungry political beast out to do all he can in pursuance of his goals, including undermining the parliament, sabotaging the economy and even destroying Pakistan if that’s what it takes! Please, […]

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False accounts

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IT seems that some ‘cleaning up’ is finally required. A few individuals have taken their complaints about fake Facebook accounts to the Federal Investigation Agency in the past. Some cases have been reported in the media about how ill-equipped the FIA is to deal with cyber crime in general, amid the rising instances of statements […]

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An Insider Account of Pakistani Censorship

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Imran Khan, Tahir ul Qadri, and the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] are our best friends,” our weekly editorial meeting at Pakistan’s Express Tribune was (jokingly) told on Aug. 13, 2014, a day before the two political leaders began their separate long marches from Lahore to Islamabad, and plunged the country into crisis. “We know it’s not […]

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IHC rejects petition to halt journalists demo plan

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court Thursday turned down a petition in which the petitioner had prayed the court to issue directions to the authorities to halt a suggested sit-in by the journalists in front of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) office. A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique dismissed the petition of Azhar […]

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IHC issues notices in Geo case

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here Monday issued notices to the Station House Officer (SHO) Kohsar Police Station, seeking his reply to an appeal against the dismissal of two petitions by a justice of peace for registration of FIRs against Geo television for alleging ISI involvement in the […]

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What a parliament that is silent!

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KARACHI: A Jang Group spokesman said on Wednesday that an advertisement headlined “For God’s sake help us dear parliamentarians” has been appearing on the front pages of The News and Jang for two consecutive days and the editorial staff of the Jang Group has also contacted the heads, other leaders, senators and MNAs of almost […]

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Q&A: Pakistan’s Hamid Mir speaks about climate for press freedom following attack

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In April, Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir was shot multiple times shortly after a CPJ delegation met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who pledged to take several steps to improve journalist security. The investigation into the attack has yielded no accountability. And since the attack, two arrest warrants have been issued by courts in […]

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Pakistan suspends license of second TV channel

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) strongly condemn the decision of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PERMA) to suspend the license of ARY TV and impose a fine of Rs. 10 million (approximately USD 100,000). ARY TV is second channel to be suspended in recent months […]

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Defence ministry favours heftier fine against Geo TV

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ISLAMABAD: The defence ministry has recommended the introduction of a harsher and stiffer penalty against Geo Television by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) in an application to the country’s attorney general. The attorney general is likely to forward the application to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) today. Talking to the Daily Express, Defence […]

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Petition to book Geo TV officials rejected

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ISLAMABAD: District and Sessions Judge, Justice of Peace, Zeba Chaudhry, on Thursday dismissed petitions against airing of statement of senior anchor Hamid Mir’s brother Amir Mir about the ISI and refused to pass orders to book the Geo TV officials in this regard. The petitions had sought action against Geo TV for airing this statement. […]

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Pakistan’s ISI accused of subverting media freedom

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Media freedom is under attack in Pakistan, declared Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent journalists. He had six bullets pumped into him by bike riders in Karachi on 19 April. TV anchor, Raza Rumi, was similarly attacked in Lahore in late March. In May 2011, investigative reporter Saleem Shahzad was murdered following his allegations […]

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Media Freedom under attack by Pakistan’s Government, the military and the judiciary

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Three television channels of Pakistan’s most watched and most influential media network Geo TV, was ordered to be taken off air and shut down for a period of 15 days on the instruction of the country’s intelligence agency the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). Continuing the attack Geo TV was also baselessly fined a sum of […]

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Pakistan Geo media group targeted by ongoing attacks

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VIENNA: The International Press Institute (IPI) today expressed concern over Pakistani regulators’ decision suspending the licence of the Geo media group. Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) suspended Geo TV, Pakistan’s largest television network, on June 6 for a period of 15 days and fined them 10 million rupees (approx. €75,000) after receiving a complaint […]

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