PM assures APNS of no change in legal structure for print media

PM assures APNS of no change in legal structure for print mediaPakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has categorically assured the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) that the Government is not contemplating any change in the present legal structure of Print Media. However, any law or amendment, if needed, will be undertaken in consultation with the APNS, CPNE, PFUJ and other stakeholders. He reiterated the resolve […]

Govt looking to resurrect repressive press laws

Govt looking to resurrect repressive press lawsISLAMABAD: Apparently not satisfied with the freedom enjoyed by the print media since the courts struck down anti-press regulations introduced in the 1960s, the government has now decided to introduce harsher laws to control the press. Being prepared to regulate the print media, the proposed law will introduce stringent rules making it mandatory for publishers […]

‘Restricting free expression helps spread of militant narratives’

‘Restricting free expression helps spread of militant narratives’ISLAMABAD: Senator Farhatullah Babar on Tuesday said freedom of expression is the basic requirement to counter the narrative of extremists but in Pakistan it remains badly affected because of a lack of trust on the state as the citizens even hesitate reporting incidents that have happened to them. Speaking at a seminar, ‘Countering violent extremism […]

Pemra issues advice to channels over misreporting court orders

Pemra issues advice to channels over misreporting court ordersISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday said that it had been noticed that on August 24, 2017, all major news channels misreported the order of the Lahore High Court (LHC) w.r.t. W.P. No. 62459/2017 titled “Amna Malik vs Federation of Pakistan and others.” It noted that in order to take lead […]

Pakistan:  Court orders media regulator to stop airing of ‘anti-judiciary’ speeches

Pakistan:  Court orders media regulator to stop airing of ‘anti-judiciary’ speechesThe Lahore High Court (LHC) on August 24, ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to prevent the broadcasting and publishing of ‘anti-judiciary’ speeches of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party. LHC Justice Mamnoon Rasheed Sheikh, hearing a contempt of court petition issued notices to Pemra […]

Police stations camera ban ‘a curb’ on journalists work

Police stations camera ban ‘a curb’ on journalists workLAHORE: The new standard operating procedures (SOPs) of imposing a ban on video recording and photography at all the police offices and police stations of Punjab has made the job more challenging for the journalists who termed it an attempt to put curbs on their professional work. The SOPs were issued by Inspector General of […]