(By Imtiaz Gul) Finally, Pemra has asked private radio and TV channels to refrain from covering banned groups, including Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and its charity extension, Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FiF). The Pemra directive issued on November 2 covers about 72 different outlawed groups and includes the JuD, essentially the rebranded proscribed group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Similarly, the . . . → Read More: The positive changes in Pakistan’s national policies
Ever since its creation in December 2007, Pakistan’s most vicious terrorist group the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been at odds with the country’s mainstream media. At times coalescing and often intimidating, particularly against journalists whose parent companies would deny space for the TTP propaganda. Ironically, in the absence of stringent enforcement of regulations of the . . . → Read More: TTP’s need for media presence
Media wars have resurfaced with a vengeance in Pakistan after the New York Times’ investigative report on Axact-a Karachi based software company created ripples across IT and media industry. While the central allegations on the IT company calling itself Pakistan’s largest software exporter are under investigation, this report has proved to be a . . . → Read More: Electronic Media Paradox
(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
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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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
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
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
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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