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Lack of professionalism

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A powerful bomb exploded in old Sabzi Mandi area of Karachi on the night of December 20 which according to police was planted in a motorcycle. Authorities believe that former SHO of Mauripur, Sub Inspector Shafiq Tanoli was the target. Two people were killed and twenty people, including some policemen, were injured. As the details […]

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TV channels: lack of quality content

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I HAVE been dismayed watching endless talk shows on TV channels in the past month or so, discussing who the new army chief should or would be. Let these highly sensitive positions remain non-controversial by leaving these to the armed forces as they are their internal policy matter. I have a feeling that due to […]

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Breaking news: terrorism and news media — II

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Terrorists, news anchors, and media experts share the view that those whose names make the headlines have power Media sometimes do not merely report the horror of terror. They become part of it, adding to the drama. Some scholars speak of the ‘theatre of terror’. At the heart of the theatre metaphor is the audience. […]

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Media mash

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Media in any country has a significant role to play in the country’s success. Media has a strong influence on people’s attitude and behavior. And if I am talking about Pakistan then the role of Pakistani media has been in question for a long time. It’s a long debate that either our media are playing […]

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Supreme Court seeks to regulate TV channels

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NASIR IQBAL ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan wants formulation of a mechanism by the Ministry of Information Technology (IT) to empower a regulator to shut off disparaging or objectionable broadcast by the electronic media to protect society from polarisation. “The IT ministry will look into the possibility of finding out such a mechanism so […]

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Media freedom revisited

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The mushroom growth of the electronic media, since the advent of granting operating licences to private TV channels more than a decade ago, has offered the viewers a wide spectrum of news coverage, but also added to their woes by – at times – presenting uncorroborated news as fact. The electronic media is an extremely […]

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Police & media failure: Islamabad saga

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IT was a classic example of how poor coordination and mishandling of a security threat can enhance the danger at hand. For several years now the security and law-enforcement forces have been trying to map out counterterrorism and emergency-response policies and strategies to respond to the terrorist threat inside the country. But the drama that […]

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Judiciary-media relations at low ebb

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ISLAMABAD: As confrontation between bench and bar is intensifying on different matters, romance between superior courts and media is reaching a low ebb after the Supreme Court’s July 24 decision to change the presidential election’s schedule. Since the start of the lawyers’ movement, relations between superior courts and the media, particularly one big media group, […]

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‘Tough time’ awaits media at Supreme Court

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ISLAMABAD: It is going to be a very tough time for the media ahead, as the Supreme Court has admitted a petition for preliminary hearing against the media/all TV channels for telecasting the August 15 incident involving random firing on Jinnah Avenue. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad […]

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Dangerous times

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By: NAZIHA SYED ALI THE first thing that strikes you upon speaking with journalists in Balochistan is the palpable sense of fear among them. A few weeks ago, I met some of them while they were attending a workshop in Quetta. They came from all over the province, including some of the areas where the […]

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To be a journalist in Balochistan

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By: Muhammad Akbar Notezai There is no journalistic activity in these districts of Balochistan: Khuzdar, Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Kalat, Panjgur, Kech, Awaran, Gwadar, Kharan and even in Quetta It is worth mentioning that journalism in Balochistan is becoming challenging day by day, where journalists barely and rarely dare to write and report independently. They ruthlessly […]

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‘Scenes of violence on TV adversely affect kids’

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By: Shahid Husain Karachi: Scenes of violence and disaster on TV channels are causing stress and anxiety among children. Experts say children who frequently watch coverage of terrorist attacks, gruesome murders or other traumatic events often complain of stress, anxiety, and unexplained fear. “In Pakistan a vast majority of population comprises children and news presenters […]

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Criticise but do not manipulate, Altaf warns media

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KARACHI: Criticising TV anchorpersons in a vehement tone, and accusing them of spreading outrageous propaganda against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the party’s chief Altaf Hussain warned them of dire consequences. “You have the right to criticise, but not manipulate or spread lies against the sons of those who created Pakistan,” hesaid referring to mediapersons, […]

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A FEW WORDS: The electronic media and general elections 2013

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The media houses created more hype than reality owing to which the PTI is now stunned at its below par electoral outcome in Punjab The general elections of 2013 have laid bare the weaknesses of the electronic media especially pertaining to its commentator aspect. The results of the elections have shown that the number of […]

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