State of Media in April Fooldom

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: While media organisations are celebrating the consitution of 8th wage award notification following the annoucment of information minister in NPC Islamabad on April Fool Day, the news on media regarding freedom of expression, press freedom were pictured the worst situation of Journalists, journalism and media industry facing in Pakistan.

Freedom of Expression

CPNE praises CJP for defending freedom of speech

LAHORE – An emergency meeting of the Council of Newspaper Editors (CPNE) was held in Lahore to review overall prevailing situation in different spheres of life especially in the media. The participants of the meeting, representing major newspaper organisations, expressed serious concern over threats faced by press freedom and journalist community and inaction of authorities […]

Journalists sign petition against curbs on media

LAHORE: More than 50 journalists, including editors and columnists, media persons and media freedom organisation representatives in Pakistan and abroad have signed a petition against curbs on media in the country in recent days. Initiated by journalist Beena Sarwar, the petition states that the signatories were seriously concerned over some recent actions. The petition stated […]

Police apprehend two accused in Sialkot journalist’s murder case

SIALKOT: Police on Thursday apprehended two accused nominated in the murder of a local journalist in Sialkot. The two men namely Shahid and Usman, who were involved in the murder of a journalist, were arrested from Gujranwala and Bahawalpur, respectively. Earlier, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar had given four days to Punjab […]

Journalists, civil society activists protest, demand restoration of Geo News

LONDON: Hundreds of people, including journalists, members of the civil society, activists, and political workers staged a protest here on the weekend to demand Pakistani authorities to restore Geo News and its associated channels. The demonstration was held in front of the High Commission of Pakistan, in London, with journalists of Pakistan Press Club UK, International […]

Pakistan: Journalist beaten up allegedly at the behest of a provincial minister

Asad Khan Betini, a journalist based in the town of Zhob in Baluchistan province was beaten up on 7 April in his office by a dozen men, allegedly at the behest of the provincial agriculture minister Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhail.  Betini was taken to the hospital in the provincial Quetta where he has been admitted […]

CJP orders arrest journalist’s killers

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) on Saturday directed inspector general of police Punjab to ensure arrest of culprits involved in the murder of a local journalist of Sambrial within four days. Earlier when IGP Arif Nawaz to a court’s query, confirmed that suspects belong to ruling PML-N, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, observed that the […]

FIR against editor

“I DISAPPROVE of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” goes the phrase often attributed, erroneously, to Voltaire. In that is contained the crux of a mature approach towards differences of opinion and protecting the people’s right to expression and information. In Pakistan, however, we are drifting […]

Case registered against Altaf, newspaper editor

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI – Police Friday registered a case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London chief Altaf Hussain and an editor of the local daily Urdu newspaper for publishing MQM-London chief’s statement in the newspaper. An FIR No 56/18 under Sections 123 A/34, 11 (w) of the Anti-Terrorism Act was registered on behalf of a citizen, namely Nisar Ali […]

Khursheed condemns ban on Geo News

Pakistan Press Foundation

SUKKUR: The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said on Thursday that it is not the opportune time todisclose the name of caretaker prime minister. He said consultations and discussions are going on over different candidates, adding the final decision would be taken in the last month. Khursheed Shah […]

Cable operators defy 24-hour notice: Pemra seeks provinces’ police help to restore all Geo channels

ISLAMABAD: Having failed to get its order for restoration of Geo Network’s all channels in 24 hours implemented, the government’s official regulator for the electronic media has asked the provincial governments to direct their police to help it enforce its directive in different parts of the country. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had […]

CJP takes notice of journalist’s murder in Sialkot

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar on Wednesday took notice of the murder of Zeeshan Butt, a journalist associated with a Lahore-based newspaper and directed the Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan to present a report in the Supreme Court within 24 hours. Butt had visited Sialkot Union Council (UC) Chairman Imran […]

Distribution of Geo TV channels remains disrupted in many parts of the country

Pakistan Press Foundation

The transmission of Geo TV channel continues to be disrupted in many areas of Pakistan.  Television programmes in Pakistan are distributed by cable operators, and there are allegations that they are pressured by political groups and law enforcement agencies to disrupt and suspend transmission of programs as a means to punish channels. Disrupting the broadcasts […

Media Ethics

PEMRA issues notices to 17 TV channels for airing false, fake news

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Thursday issued Show Cause Notices to 17 Satellite TV Channels that air news & current affairs programmes. The SCNs were issued on airing false and fake news pertaining to orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC) banning anti-judiciary speeches of the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and […]

Nothing in LHC order about banning Sharif, Maryam: SC

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court Tuesday observed there was nothing in the order which even remotely directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to ban Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Safdar or anybody else. The top court further observed media speculation, panel discussions and press reports appearing on various channels, media outlets and in newspapers […]

SC rejects request to summon Pemra official, produce Hashmi’s video clip

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request of the defence counsel in the contempt of court case against Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz to summon Director General (Monitoring) Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (Pemra) Haji Adam and produce a video clip of veteran politician Javed Hashmi. “The request is totally unnecessary and uncalled for,” […]

Top court removes Marriyum from PEMRA chairman selection committee

Pakistan Press Foundation

The Supreme Court on Monday removed State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb from a committee constituted to select the Pakistan Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) chairman, Express News reported. Marriyum will be busy delivering statements. She won’t have time for committee work,” Chief Justice Saqib Nisar commented while presiding over a three-judge bench hearing the media […]

SC summons Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman to explain non-payment of salaries to Geo employees

Pakistan Press Foundation

The Supreme Court on Monday summoned the editor-in-chief of Geo/Jang Group, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, to appear in court on Tuesday and explain why employees of his media group have not been paid for the past three months. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar issued the directions while hearing a case about […]

Anti-judiciary speeches: Nawaz, daughter taken off air

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: A full bench of the Lahore High Court has ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to stop broadcasting speeches against the judiciary by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and other PML-N leaders. The bench on Monday also directed PEMRA to decide within 15 days all complaints against broadcasting such anti-judiciary speeches. The […]

Axact TV channel’s directors failed to show source of money, SHC told

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: The Additional attorney general on Monday argued before the Sindh High Court that Axact’s channel license was cancelled due to lack of security clearance by the federal government as channel’s directors failed to disclose their source of investment to run the TV channel. While, concluding arguments on the application of M/s Labaik against cancellation […]

PEMRA issues fresh warning to TV channels

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronics Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Saturday warned TV channels against airing live speeches, media conferences and media talks of difference politicians wherein hate speech and aspersions against the judiciary and armed forces of Pakistan is being transmitted without any editorial control. The media watchdog said in a statement “it has also […]

Anti-judiciary speeches: Pemra acting as silent spectator, says LHC

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday observed that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had been playing the role of a silent spectator on the issue of anti-judiciary speeches being delivered by certain politicians and showed undue diligence in other matters. A three-judge full bench made these observations while hearing petitions against alleged […]

Ex-Pemra chief’s appeal dismissed

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Tuesday dismissed an intra court appeal of journalist Absar Alam and upheld a verdict of a single bench that set aside his appointment as chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). A single bench comprising Justice Shahid Karim had in December 2017 declared the appointment of […]

LHC summons PEMRA official in Nawaz contempt case

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE:  The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday summoned the executive member of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in a contempt of court petition filed against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and 14 other lawmakers. A full bench headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi and comprising […]

SC orders media outlets to clear workers’ salaries

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered all media outlets to clear salaries of their employees by April 30. The order was issued by a three-member bench in a suo motu case related to non-payment of salaries by some newspaper organisations and TV channels and a subsequent development about politicising of government advertisements. The bench […]

SC orders govts to clear media houses’ dues in 30 days

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD – Clamping complete ban on self-projection advertisements by politicians, the three-member apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar Wednesday directed federal and provincial governments to clear the pending dues of media houses on account of advertisements within one month’s time. In another case relating to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) autonomous status in […]

Beg or borrow, but pay your staff, CJP tells Geo

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has ordered the management of Geo TV to pay all pending salaries to its employees by April 30. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a suo motu case regarding the nonpayment of staff salaries by media house owners. The bench asked the media house to […]

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