Why is acting chairman Pemra in such a hurry?

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has written to Acting Chairman Pemra during last two months to stop the Direct to Home (DTH) satellite TV licence auction on December 7 and let it be decided by new Chairman Pemra Absar Alam. However, Acting Chairman Pemra Kamaludin Tipu, a serving Police Officer who took over […]

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Media directed to black out 37 banned outfits

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior has directed the national media through Pemra not to publish or telecast the news items of 37 banned outfits. The Ministry on Thursday dispatched a list to the print and electronic media of these banned outfits and directed not to telecast their news items, especially their threats and claims should […]

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LeT banned but JuD and FIF free to work in Pakistan, Senate body told

Pakistan Press Foundation

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry informed the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has been declared a proscribed organisation in Pakistan and will not be allowed to operate. However, he said that the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) has not been banned and Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) has been put under observation, but has not been banned. The […]

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TV anchor’s Pemra job to be closely watched

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: “I have been offered the post but I have declined it because I am not interested,” anchorperson Absar Alam had said before the Supreme Court where he appeared in September to plead his case on affairs involving the media. Now his consent to become the chief regulator of private channels as Chairman of the […]

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Pemra chief’s appointment notified

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The establishment division issued on Wednesday a notification about the appointment of senior journalist Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority. However, the new chairman will take charge of his assignment next month. The electronic media regulator has been without a regular chairman since Dec 2013 when Chaudhry Rasheed was […]

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Pemra monitoring TV coverage of banned groups

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Even as confusion reigns among news channels regarding the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) latest directives, the regulator has begun the strict implementation of its recent orders to curtail coverage of all 72 banned organisations. Pemra issued directives on Nov 2, stating, “All satellite TV channels / FM radios are strictly directed not […]

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NAB, Pemra join hands against corruption

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: To augment and support the endeavour of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in its drive against elimination of corruption and corrupt practices from public sector organizations and society, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) invited Ms. Aliya Rashid, Director General (Awareness & Prevention), National Accountability Bureau (NAB) at its Head Office in Islamabad. […]

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Pemra asked to take action against journalist for ridiculing parliament

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Severely criticising the use of “filthy and abusive language” against lawmakers by a journalist during a TV talk show, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani directed his Secretariat on Thursday to ask Pemra to take action against the `said person’. The two-page ruling was read out by Mr Rabbani after a large number of senators spoke […]

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Ill intent: JuD to challenge media blackout in court

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Days after the top media regulatory body banned media coverage of proscribed groups, including a charity linked to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) said on Wednesday it would challenge the blackout in court. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Monday directed broadcasters to refrain from covering dozens of […]

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Pemra bans media coverage of JuD, FIF

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The electronic media watchdog has banned media coverage of proscribed organisations, including the Lash­kar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF). Following the Dec 2001 attack on the Indian parliament, the government of Pakistan banned LeT on January 14, 2002. After the proscription, the organisation continued to operate, first under the banner […]

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AJK court suspends ban on TV channel

Pakistan Press Foundation

MUZAFFARABAD: A division bench of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) High Court has suspended the regional administration’s orders for the closure of a cable TV channel and admitted for hearing a writ petition on the matter. On Oct 17, the Muzaffarabad district administration had closed three cable TV channels operating from the regional capital. […]

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LG election: ECP issues guidelines for media coverage

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The top electoral authority issued on Tuesday a detailed set of rules for media coverage of the upcoming local government polls in Sindh and Punjab. The Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) 12-point code of conduct for the media comes a day after the commission asked the media regulator, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority […]

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Absar Alam appointed as PEMRA chairman

Pakistan Press Foundation

The government on Thursday appointed senior journalist Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). The appointment was made on advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and an official notification in this regard will be issued in a day or two. Alam, a senior career journalist, has worked with a number […]

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MQM seeks contempt proceedings against media

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: Legal counsel for MQM on Friday urged the Lahore High Court to issue contempt notices to news channels and newspapers for violating the court’s ban by airing and publishing news about the party’s chief. Advocate Asma Jahangir, the party’s counsel, during hearing of several identical petitions against the MQM chief repeatedly asked a full […]

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