Govt abandons draft of anti-press law amid uproar

Govt abandons draft of anti-press law amid uproarISLAMABAD: Amid pressure from media and civil society, the government on Monday abandoned the idea of promulgating the Pakistan Print Media Regulatory Authority (PPMRA) Ordinance 2017, ordering strict action against three officers for unilaterally moving ahead with the proposal. The repressive stipulations of the draft law aimed to regulate the print media by making it mandatory for […]

Media under threat

Media under threatSuccessive governments have had an uneasy relationship with the media in all its formats, and as those formats proliferate and gain in power and reach so expands governmental unease. The desire to regulate the media conflicts directly with a growing public awareness of, and hunger for, basic freedoms of speech. Today there are reports that the […]

PAKISTAN Govt proposes law to gag print media

PAKISTAN Govt proposes law to gag print mediaISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government has prepared a draft law to control media and impose more restrictions on the freedom of press. The speed with which the law is being prepared has sent alarm bells ringing in the journalist community, including the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE). The […]

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 […]

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 […]