Axact – Some questions need to be answered

(By Nasim Zehra) We are now dealing with a new “unbelievable.” It is the Axact fake degree scandal. The FIA is investigating the charges based on New York Times’ May 17 story that while using cyberspace, Axact essentially ran an online empire, with great global reach, that issued fake diplomas and degrees ranging from the . . . → Read More: Axact – Some questions need to be answered

Pemra’s directive on hate speech

The latest order from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) warning private television channels to not broadcast what it called hate speech has once again caught the electronic media off-guard. Media managers and practitioners once again find themselves at a crossroads between military, political parties and the government.

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Protecting the masses from negative information

Pakistan has a new weapon in its fight against terrorism. Good behavior norms by the media.

A parliamentary panel has endorsed a list of 46 guidelines for television and print media, including censoring live reporting and setting up editorial boards to vet “each and every news, image, breaking news,” according to a statement on the . . . → Read More: Protecting the masses from negative information

Real reasons for Mubashir Lucman ban

On October 17 of this year, investigative journalist Mubasher Lucman was banned for life from television in Pakistan. The case was taken up suo motu by the judiciary and found that Mr. Lucman maligned the judiciary egregiously enough to merit a lifetime ban from appearing in any capacity on television. As he says, “I cannot . . . → Read More: Real reasons for Mubashir Lucman ban

Déjà vu

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice. But what we witnessed today was a re-run of the horrific terrorist attack on the Karachi Airport on Sunday. Airport Security Forces were targeted once again and the media, out of habit, showed live coverage. In the reckless pursuit of higher TRPs, national interests and common . . . → Read More: Déjà vu

Geo Tv lands in more trouble

ISLAMABAD: Scholars banded together in the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) issued on Thursday a fatwa (religious decree) against Geo TV for disrespecting religious and cultural values.

The fatwa was prompted by an episode of the Geo Entertainment morning show ‘Utho Jago Pakistan’ aired a day earlier, which contained blasphemous content. The Pakistan Electronic . . . → Read More: Geo Tv lands in more trouble

Who funds the media?

By NASIR IQBAL

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court asked the government on Monday to advise it whether to expunge an assertion, later denied by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), suggesting that a media house aired foreign-funded programmes.

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The SC shouldn’t censor media through contempt of court charges

Broad Contempt Powers Used to Censor Press.

Pakistan’s judges should cease using their contempt of court powers to prevent the media from airing programming critical of the judiciary, Human Rights Watch said today.

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We are the Movie

News of an obscure movie travelled through dubious lines, with the intention of stirring an already buzzing hornet’s nest, to Middle East. A dance to the tune of the rogue film maker began which reached its crescendo in Pakistan, culminating in one of the most self destructive protests that claimed up to 30 lives and . . . → Read More: We are the Movie

PTCL / PEMRA BLOCK INTERNET IN PAKISTAN

Not realizing that the protesters “protesting” on the streets of Pakistan don’t have access to high speed internet nor the knowledge and expertise to search and view the undesirable content on websites like YouTube, PTCL and PEMRA have started blocking the websites indiscriminately and irresponsibly without regard how it might be affecting the real . . . → Read More: PTCL / PEMRA BLOCK INTERNET IN PAKISTAN