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MNAs, media bodies at odds over space for terrorists

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ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians and representatives of print and electronic media failed on Tuesday to forge a consensus over coverage of terrorists and terrorist activities, with industry experts saying the government apparently wanted to impose restrictions on media organisations in the wake of carnage at a Peshawar school. A set of suggestions about changes to laws on […]

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Book sheds light on role of journalist unions in different eras

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KARACHI: A free press may be biased or unbiased but a press which is not free can never be unbiased, said Dr Riaz Shaikh, the dean of faculty of social sciences at the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (Szabist). He was addressing the launch of Dr Tauseef Ahmed Khan’s thesis-turned-book at […]

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Do not force court to probe assets: Justice Siddiqui

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) while hearing a writ petition against defamatory programmes against the judiciary by ARY News channel observed Tuesday that the media was supposed to spread morality among the general masses and spreading of hatred was of no benefit. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ARY Television […]

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Court orders Pemra to cancel licences of defiant cable operators

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to ensure the restoration of Geo TV broadcasts in all parts of the country. The IHC judge said if any cable operator was found violating the directions of the court or Pemra, immediate action […]

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28 media persons injured in police attack during rioting in Pakistan; PTV stormed in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: At least 28 journalists, cameramen and media workers were injured in attack by Punjab police n Islamabad on August 31. The police attack came during clashes between personnel of law enforcement agencies and activists of two political parties, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) The media persons came under attack while they […]

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SC directs Pemra member to submit reply today

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday directed the suspended Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) member Mian Shams to submit reply till Friday (today). A two-member bench headed by SC Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk and comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim resumed hearing of the Pemra case. During the course of proceedings, Hashmat Habib, counsel […]

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Reviving ethical journalism

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Perhaps never before was such an urgency of a “New Media Order” (NMO), not merely because of public criticism but because a strong section within the media now strongly feels that ‘ethical journalism’ has become a major casualty, particularly after the rise of the electronic media. But the question is what kind of NMO is […]

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PBA criticises Pemra’s action

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KARACHI: Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) on Monday passed a unanimous resolution, condemning the ‘unlawful action’ of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) in suspending the licence of ARY News.In a press statement issued, the PBA also deplored a heavy fine handed down to ARY. The PBA also demanded immediate restoration of ARY News and withdrawal […]

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SHC suspends PBA’s decision against Geo

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday suspended the Pakistan Broadcasters Association’s decision of suspending the Geo TV Network’s membership till further orders. The interim injunction came on the lawsuit of Geo TV Network and others that assailed the decision of Pakistan Broadcasters Association’s meeting through a press release in which it suspended the […]

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HR activist condemns Pemra’s ban on Geo

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ISLAMABAD: A prominent human rights and social activist Tahira Abdullah has strongly and unequivocally condemned Pemra’s 15-day suspension of Geo TV.Closing down private independent media by Pemra is not the answer to anything, she said. “Today it is Geo suspended, tomorrow it can be any other channel. Do not celebrate the death of your enemy, […]

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Govt decides to clip Pemra powers

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ISLAMABAD: The government has principally decided to confine and withdraw the power of Pemra to cancel licence and award punishment. It also decided to strengthen media complaint commission, which would be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court. The representatives of the government and Pakistan Broadcaster Association (PBA) will be the part of […]

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Media ‘red lines’: ‘Revamped code of conduct a month away’

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ISLAMABAD: The government’s committee is inching closer to revamping the code of conduct for print and electronic media, according to Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui. On Thursday, Siddiqui told The Express Tribune that the code would not only ensure freedom of expression but also set certain red lines’. “We are […]

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No reason to close channel if it apologises: Pervaiz

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Thursday that there was no justification for shutting down a channel and if it had made a mistake, realised it and tendered an apology, it should be accepted. He said that it was advisable to follow the policy of live and let others live […]

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Pemra has power to resolve Geo issue: Govt

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ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Senator Pervez Rashid said on Wednesday that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), being an autonomous body, had the full authority to resolve issues relating to its domain, including the current one involving Geo network. “Pemra is an independent body and the government does not want to interfere in its matters,” […]

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