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ECP wants tighter control over sharing of info with media

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Monday, through a circular, made an attempt to have tighter control over the practice of free sharing of information with the media. Interestingly, the circular contained a glaring spelling mistake: instead of writing ‘false media reports’, ‘falls media reports’ was typed in it. The circular says, “It has […]

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Sindh to improve public hospitals through governing boards

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Karachi: The Sindh government would set up governing boards at public hospitals to upgrade them to the level of some well-known private hospitals. Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar disclosed while addressing a press conference on Monday “These governing boards would comprise prominent personalities of the district and they would be directly answerable to […]

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Why have TV news channels, the world over, stuck to this model of news?

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Dear all, These days, TV news consists of bad news mostly. The news reports and footage one sees is of war and upheaval, death and destruction. The stories are of bloodshed and suffering. The images are horrific and gritty. Yet they are cued in by slick, glossy-looking presenters wearing sharp suits and layers and layers […]

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Pemra urged to act against live coverage of tragic incidents

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By: NOKHAIZ SAHI ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Friday discussed the role of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), urging strict action should be taken against the media organisations giving live coverage to tragic incidents and airing talk shows against the ideology of Pakistan. The Committee was informed […]

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Malign, slander but apologise if court seeks proof

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ISLAMABAD: The same anchorperson and the same TV channel owner once again put themselves at the court’s mercy when they were asked to present proof. On November 28, they had sought the court’s pardon when the Lahore High Court grilled them for contempt of court as they had been maligning the honourable judges and the […]

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Efforts on to protect defaulting cable operator

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ISLAMABAD: Influential politicians, bureaucrats and members of the government media team have become a hurdle in taking action against Moinuddin Wani, an officer who misuses the name of the prime minister and Punjab chief minister in illegal activities. No action has been taken yet against the concerned officer of the prime minister’s media team who […]

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Bad media, bad governance pushing country to destruction

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ISLAMABAD: In a strange twist of events taking place in the federal capital and the provincial capital of Punjab, a top officer of the Prime Minister’s Office was caught red-handed pressuring the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and other authorities to stop action against a Rs20 million defaulter cable operator owned by a media […]

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Balochistan High Court stays action on cases against Geo

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QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court on Thursday issued a stay order with regard to the proceedings on the cases filed against a programme of the Geo TV morning show ‘Utho Jago Pakistan’. A two-member bench of the Balochistan High Court (BHC), comprising Justice Muhammad Noor Muskaanzai and Justice Muhammad Hashim Kakar, issued the stay order […]

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SC resents non-appearance of channel’s CEO

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ISLAMABAD: While expressing annoyance on the absence of CEO of private TV channel (ARY TV) Salman Iqbal in the contempt of court case despite court order the Supreme Court remarked that it seemed that he (CEO) was not taking the court seriously. The three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhry, […]

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Media can’t be given ‘licence to insult’, says SC judge

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By: Nasir Iqbal ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court judge said on Thursday that institutions might be destroyed if the media was given a licence to insult, abuse or demean any judge at any time in whatever manner it liked. “Media has the right to criticise judgments of courts because when delivered they become public property, but […]

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Power to the media

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This week at a seminar in Hyderabad, I was asked an interesting question. “Do you think if the police and media become honest, our country will become a better place?” I was stumped for an answer. Another question asked whether the media should be more active in causes and whether they are playing an active […]

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Indictment of TV channel’s CEO, anchorperson deferred

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ISLAMABAD: The Sup­reme Court on Thursday deferred till Nov 17 indictment of chief executive of a private television network and an anchorperson for allegedly telecasting scandalous and defamatory programmes against the judiciary. The framing of contempt charges against Salman Iqbal and Mubashir Lucman of the ARY News was put off when a three-judge bench headed […]

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Defame, insult and if court seeks proof, invent pretexts

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ISLAMABAD: Defame, insult and if a court seeks proofs, then use traditional weapons such as presenting medical certificates. If the judge discovers the fabricated pretexts, then withdraw them. These tactics are being used by a private TV channel’s owner and anchor in cases filed by the Jang Group. Bailable arrest warrants of ARY channel owner […]

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SC decides to indict TV channel’s chief executive, anchor

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court finally made up its mind on Monday to prosecute Salman Iqbal, chief executive of a private television network and anchorperson Mubashir Lucman and decided to indict them for airing scandalous and defamatory programmes against the judiciary. “After going through the transcript of a talk show on ARY ‘Khara Such’ aired on […]

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