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Media industry way behind its potential

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ISLAMABAD: Pemra formed in March 2002 has failed to realize the true potential of the electronic media industry due to appointments of government officials as chairman or acting chairman without any media background in contravention of Pemra Ordinance and against judgments of Supreme Court. The media and entertainment industry accounts for 2-3 % of GDPs […]

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Pemra refuses to cede office space to PCP

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) is resisting the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s efforts to give the Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) office space in Pemra’s Islamabad office. The authority has rejected the ministry directions, asking it to provide PCP space in its building due to financial constraints. In February of this […]

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Pemra issues notice to Geo

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued a show cause notice to M/s Independent Media Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd (Geo News). Following is the text of the notice: “Reference: Talk Show Programme “Naya Pakistan” hosted by Mr. Talat Hussain (Anchor-person) aired on Geo News on 22nd February 2015 starting from 2005 hours with Allama […]

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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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Police asked to consider cancelling case against Geo TV

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KARACHI: A prosecutor of an anti-terrorism court has suggested to police to examine the possibility of cancellation of a case lodged against Geo TV after it broadcast a programme whose contents were deemed sacrilegious. An FIR was lodged on the complaint of a lawyer in May against the management of Geo TV, Shaista Lodhi, the […]

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Cable operators offer lame excuse of security threat

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ISLAMABAD: In response to the cable operators’ bogus excuses that they cannot show Geo because of security threats, a Jang Group spokesman has come up with a rejoinder. The spokesman said it is a bogus excuse and a total lie. The incident in Sadiqabad was also totally stage-managed to create this excuse. No one threatens […]

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Two private members of Pemra file petition

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ISLAMABAD: Two private members of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday against the appointment of Mohammad Pervez Rathore as acting chairman of the watchdog. Mr Rathore was appointed as acting chairman on June 5 and a day after assuming the charge he ordered […]

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Govt can terminate Pemra members for violating rules: Media Commission member

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ISLAMABAD: Javed Jabbar, a member of the Media Commission formed by the Supreme Court, said on Tuesday the meeting of its private members had put the Pemra to ridicule once again. He said the decision of private members was illegal and against the Pemra Ordinance. He said the members could be terminated by the government […]

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LHC rubbishes treason charges against Geo, Jang Group

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has ruled that allegations of high treason against Geo and the Jang group’s owners are baseless and without any authenticated material. Justice Ijazul Ahsan ruled this while issuing a detailed judgment on a petition moved by Mubashar Lucman seeking initiation of high treason proceedings against the owners of the Jang […]

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Geo asked to tone down broadcast

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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has once again asked Geo TV to tone down its transmission and respect the country’s defence institutions, sources told The Express Tribune on Thursday. The media watchdog on Thursday held a detailed discussion over the defence ministry’s complaint against Geo TV for making serious allegations against the […]

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Restore Pemra’s authority to discontinue live transmissions

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ISLAMABAD: The inquiry commission formed to probe various aspects of the Jinnah Avenue standoff of August 15, 2013, has recommended that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman’s power to cut off live coverage in crisis situations be restored. Previously, Mohammad Sikandar, the gunman responsible for the incident, had successfully reached the Red Zone […]

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Comments couldn’t be released to media

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday observed comments and analysis about cases pending with courts could not be released to media. Lahore High Court Justice Umar Ata Bandial made these observations while disposing of a petition questioning ‘unnecessary’ coverage being given to former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in media. He also remarked that […]

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Govt starts collecting tax from media industry

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ISLAMABAD: The government has imposed tax on media industry under Finance Act 2013 and made Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) responsible for collection of this tax. It is expected that the government would collect Rs350-400 million through this tax in year 2013-14. According to documents available with ‘The News’, advance tax would be collected […]

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Violation of SC orders: TIP moves top court against Pemra chief

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LAHORE: Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has moved the Supreme Court against Rashid Ahmed’s appointment as the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman. In a civil miscellaneous application filed before the court, TIP has argued that the previous government violated directives given by the SC on January 15, 2013, by appointing Rashid as the Pemra […]

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