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SC Media Commission recommends freeze on new TV licenses

Pakistan Press Foundation

By: Hamid Mir ISLAMABAD: The Media Commission constituted by the Supreme Court has recommended to parliament to establish a Media Laws Review Task Force, restructure and rename the Ministry of Information and free Pemra, PTV, APP and PBC of government control. The two-member commission, comprising Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Javed Jabbar, has submitted […]

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Media treads the wrong path

Pakistan Press Foundation

By: Bina Shah AN excellent Asian Media Barometer tool has been developed by the Friedrich Ebert Siftung Foundation, a German political organisation that seeks to educate ordinary citizens about democracy and pluralism. The 2012 AMB was launched recently with a roundtable discussion about media and ethics, which made it clear that Pakistan’s media, especially our […]

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The media challenge

Pakistan Press Foundation

By: HUMA YUSUF INFORMATION Minister Pervaiz Rashid recently emphasised the PML-N government’s support for free media, acknowledging that it’s vital for promoting democracy. Ironically, that was one of the first things General Pervez Musharraf said after seizing power, in part to distinguish himself from his predecessor Nawaz Sharif, only to be ousted a decade later […]

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A growing media


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Pakistan Press Foundation

Today everyone in Pakistan is conscious of the drone strikes, TTP’s offer of talks to the government and many other issues of Pakistan. It is all due to the flourishing media in the country. When people know exactly what is happening around, they can become active citizens and play their role in the affairs of […]

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The new Drama Tax, Film, TV Tax

Pakistan Press Foundation

By: Mehtab Haider ISLAMABAD: The government has proposed taxes on foreign produced films, foreign TV dramas, cable TV operators and satellite TV stations in the budget 2013-14. According to Finance Bill 2013, on foreign produced films the FBR imposed tax at rate of Rs1,000,000, foreign produced TV dramas Rs100,000 on per episode and foreign produced […]

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Pemra service rules challenged

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The director general (DG) administration of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Monday challenged the Pemra service rules in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Pemra DG administration Mohammad Asim Khitchi in his petition said that the authority had applied the rules on its employees which were meant for the broadcasters. Pemra DG […]

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Removal order of Pemra official suspended

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The legal battle between two top officials of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday took a new turn when Dr Abdul Jabbar approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against his removal as the executive member of the media watchdog by the incumbent chairman, Chaudhry Abdul Rasheed. Chief Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan […]

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Pemra told to prevent airing of paid content

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court full bench on Friday ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to prevent airing of a paid content by the PPP (Parliamentarians) on television channels containing an alleged telephonic conversation between former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and Justice Malik Qayyum (retired). The bench passed this stay order on a […]

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Cable operators should comply with rules: Pemra chief

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Cable operators should abide by the rules and regulation and create environment for the healthy competition among the media across the country. This was said by Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Ch. Rashid Ahmed during a meeting with the newly elected representative body of Cable Operators Association of Pakistan(CAP) here on Tuesday. […]

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Capital TV allowed to resume programming

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Capital TV, taken off air two days ago after a guest on one of their live shows insulted the Army chief, was allowed to resume programming Saturday. Reports say, the decision to let the channel back on air came after high-level negotiations and a written apology submitted by the television management with the Pakistan […]

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Media bodies to be stopped from covering banned outfits

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is writing letters to the media representative bodies and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) asking private media to avoid carrying the statements of banned outfits. “This ministry, however, is addressing a letter to the All Pakistan Newspaper Society, Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors, Pakistan Broadcasters Association as […]

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Pemra directed to ensure balanced, unbiased poll coverage

Pakistan Press Foundation

Federal Information Minister Arif Nizami has directed the Pakistan Electronics Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to ensure balanced and unbiased coverage of general elections in the electronic media in the light of the Supreme Court and Election Commission directives. He was chairing a meeting of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority in Islamabad on Thursday. The minister […]

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SC directs ministry, Pemra to make details public

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed Information Ministry and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to make public details of the media advertisements by the political parties during the upcoming elections campaign on their websites. A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard […]

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PEMRA takes action against cable operators

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Islamabad: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in a recent enforcement bid against violating cable TV operators in Faisalabad and vicinities took action against cable TV operators who despite repeated warnings were involved in relaying proscribed, banned content and excessive CD channels, says a press release. PEMRA Enforcement team headed by AGM Waqar and Inspector […]

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