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The missing genre

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At first, it is easy to miss. With the glamour of covering the immediate, and the glory of living in the instant, it is hard to notice. But pay close attention to the news and the talk shows and you will realise that there is a hole that ought not to be there. In the […]

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PPP asks Pemra to check ‘biased’ TV content

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ISLAMABAD – PPP on Monday finally broke the silence against Zulfiqar Mirza’s back-to-back verbal attacks on Asif Ali Zardari, asking PEMRA to stop live telecast of allegedly one-sided defamatory programmes being aired in violation of the regulatory body’s rules and regulations. “The one-sided and malicious outbursts employing cheap and vulgar language made continually and without […]

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Pemra asks channels to exercise caution

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ISLAMABAD: Following the ISPR’s sharp reaction to MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s fiery speech on Thursday night, the Pakistan Elec­tronic Media Regula­tory Authority (Pemra) issued on Friday show-cause notices to 14 private TV channels and barred all channels from airing “inflammatory content”. After Mr Hussain’s speech that followed explosive allegations levelled by a Karachi police officer, […]

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Pemra hires Swiss consultant for DTH licensing

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ISLAMABAD: The Paki-stan Electronic Media Regu-latory Authority (Pemra) has issued a Letter of Intent (LoI) to hire a Swiss firm for initiation of Direct to Home (DTH) licensing in Pakistan Pemra in its ad published in newspapers on Oct 30, 2014 had solicited proposals from international firms to hire a consultant. Five firms submitted their […]

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SHC issues notices to Zulfiqar Mirza, TV channels, PEMRA

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday refrained former Sindh home minister Zulfiqar Mirza from leveling ‘false and baseless’ allegations against Anver Majid, especially in interviews with TV channels, without backing up his claims with proof. The directions came in response to an application filed by Majid against Mirza, Geo TV, Dunya News, ARY Communications, […]

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CCP issues interim order against deceptive TV commercial

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ISLAMABAD: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has issued an interim order directing a homeopathic doctor in Lahore to immediately stop his deceptive TV commercial being aired on various channels making absolute claims to treat various diseases. According to the CCP’s statement issued here on Friday, they initiated an inquiry against Al-Haaj Dr Mian Liaquat […]

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PEMRA presents financial report to president

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Acting Chairman Muhammad Parvez Rathore on Thursday presented report of PEMRA’s operations and accounts for the financial years 2010-2014 to President Mamnoon Hussain at the Presidency. President Mamnoon said that with unprecedented growth of media in the country, its role had become very important in impacting the norms […]

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SMS campaign sought ban on JI, JUI-F, JUI-S….

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ISLAMABAD: Within a few days of the Dec 16 brutal Peshawar massacre, an SMS campaign was run seeking ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, JUI-Sami and others including a few journalists besides issuing a warning to judges — “either you are with us or with terrorists”. The campaign ran through the mobile messaging service asked the […]

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Journalists stage walkout against proposed law

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ISLAMABAD: Journalists covering Senate proceedings on Wednesday walked out of its press gallery against a proposed law described as a move to curb freedom of speech while reporting the proceedings of parliament. The bill titled Members of the Parliament (Power, Immunities and Privileges) Bill, 2014, was tabled in the Senate by PPP’s Senator Farhatullah Babar […]

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Transparent media

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Unfortunately, in our country there is no rule of law. The media is also playing an irresponsible role during this tough time. We often see one channel attacking another. Why we are silently tolerating this? TV channels are starting to look like wings of specific political parties. Our ancestors gave sacrifices for a cause. Quaid-e-Azam […]

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Mass media reshaping our life

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Friday, May 09, 2014 – Mass media in Pakistan has come a long way. From the early days of state controlled media, the Pakistani media has started to establish its utility and is well on its way to achieve a more meaningful and free status. Steffen Cohen in his book ‘The idea of Pakistan’ has […]

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Press under siege

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AT a time when journalistic freedom is under attack in many parts of the world, Pakistan Press Freedom Day, that was observed yesterday, should be taken as a moment for sending out a call to arms. In many ways, the juncture at which this country’s media outlets find themselves today is unprecedented, and it would […]

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TV narratives

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Television is unlike most other technologies because it also performs ‘hidden’ functions. Therefore, the west marketed it to the south as a constitutive part of two larger narratives – modernisation and then later globalisation. The modernisation thesis, propounded by Daniel Lerner, held that the media, along with urbanisation, education and other social forces, would mutually […]

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TV plays of past

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I AM perturbed watching dramas/soaps on various TV channels. The theme in majority of the dramas is pretty much the same. It shows family disputes, wealth matters and strained relations with spouse. It appears that we have no positive things to show other than gloom. Now when there is so much depression because of poor […]

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