SOPs for media coverage at teaching hospitals approved

Pakistan Press Foundation

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has approved standard operating procedure (SOPs) for media coverage at the four teaching hospitals to improve healthcare delivery for critically-injured and ill people. The SOPs, approved in a combined meeting of the health minister and members and chairmen of Board of Governors of the hospitals last week, will be […]

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Heart of darkness — Child victims and the media

Pakistan Press Foundation

With the approaching one year anniversary of the Army Public School massacre, we are sure to see on our TV screens, reporters shoving microphones in the faces of the victims’ families. The same inane question, “Aap ko kehsa mehsoos ho raha hai” will be flung from one bulletin to the next. For those of us […]

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Journalists boycott PA sitting

Pakistan Press Foundation

PESHAWAR: Journalists boycotted covering the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s sitting on Tuesday over the alleged derogatory remarks of a Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F lawmaker against them. “The journalists only occupy seats, parking areas and enjoy refreshments, but there is no coverage of the proceedings in the media. If they continued in this way, we will take action against […]

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People’s issues remain neglected as politics hogs media coverage: PPF report

Pakistan Press Foundation

Karachi: Politics hogs the most space and airtime in print and electronic media, respectively, while human rights and related issues are usually on the sidelines, according to the findings of a survey released by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) on Tuesday. The report, titled “Ethical Dimensions of Media Content in Pakistan” was launched with the […]

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Covering crises

Pakistan Press Foundation

THE night when the government was consumed with generating an adequate response to the petrol crisis, I sat and watched all the 9pm bulletins on the major channels carefully to see how television was covering this important economic event. It’s not often that economic matters find themselves at the centre of such saturation coverage by […]

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Coverage of militancy

Pakistan Press Foundation

TO read through the 46 recommendations issued by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage after its meeting on Wednesday is to run the gamut between good intentions and the deeply dangerous. Opening with “the press shall not lend itself to the projection of crime terrorism as heroic and the criminals, […]

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Target killings of Sikhs to be raised in parliament

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: After being pushed onto the back foot as a result of the Zarb-e-Azb operation, militants have found a new way to get media coverage — targeting member of minority communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). The target killing of Sikhs in parts of K-P has become a serious concern for Pakistani Sikhs. “It is a […]

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Plea against live TV coverage of PTI sit-in dismissed with fine

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday fined the Shuhada Foundation for filing a ‘frivolous’ petition against the live coverage of the ongoing ‘sit-in’ by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). Before dismissing the petition after initial hearing, Justice Athar Minallah directed the petitioner to deposit the fine amount of Rs5,000 with the missing persons’ non-governmental […]

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Examples of media bias

Pakistan Press Foundation

Dear Sir, I belong to the Butt community and have been associated with the container transport industry for more than a decade. The purpose of this letter is to condemn in the strongest possible terms the persistent negative portrayal of Butts and containers in your coverage of the ongoing political turmoil. Linguistically, the Butt community […]

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The media noise

Pakistan Press Foundation

It may be a sign of progress considering that the last time a government was under prolonged siege in the country, criticism lacked the intensity and urgency of today. In fact, the intense media coverage of the current political situation involving the two sit-ins in Islamabad has resulted in the observation that all that was […]

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PM Nawaz urges media for self-regulation

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: With the country celebrating Independence Day, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif during his address to the nation requested the media houses for self-regulation and reviewing their role in the present political scenario. The PM’s request should be taken seriously for the sake of a healthy state of mind and promotion of democracy in Pakistan. […]

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Media maturity in Zarb-e-Azb

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: While covering the details of operation Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistan’s print and electronic media has conducted itself in a dignified manner by showing sense of maturity and reverence for the country’s armed forces. Media reports pertaining to ongoing military operation against terrorists in NWA have been exclusively objective and purposive. Media appears to have exercised restrain […]

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There should be no hegemony in media, says Javed Jabbar

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: Former federal information minister Javed Jabbar said that the topic the media chose to cover on Monday and the length of time the media devoted to that subject was superfluous as it did not serve any social purpose. Not only the coverage was inappropriate but it was also negative. Elaborating the negative aspect of […]

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Imran triggers a media tsunami

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Pakistan Press Foundation

LONDON: Imran Khan’s fall from stage at the Lahore rally caused panic all over the world, and every western media outlet gave huge prominence to this news as Pakistani satellite channels devoted their full airtime to this news for several hours on end. British television channels ran the news for several hours as Khan was […]

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