Publications law

Publications lawTHE framing of laws and the ambit of their application is always a delicate balancing act. After the media managed to see off the threat posed by a draft law targeting the press, another, albeit somewhat less worrisome, challenge has come up. It appears that the draft Sindh Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Act, […]

Any bar on media coverage of references hearing to raise doubts

Any bar on media coverage of references hearing to raise doubtsISLAMABAD: Transparency of trial of high profile references against deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and others will be severely marred if Islamabad’s accountability court barred the media from covering it as per its professional calls to inform the public at large about it. Judge Mohammad Bashir did not permit reporters to be present in the […]

Minister vows to unmask architects of anti-press law

Minister vows to unmask architects of anti-press lawRAWALPINDI: Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday promised to take action against the officials who came up with the draft of an anti-press law, even if it meant losing her ministry. “An inquiry had been ordered against officials who tried to pit government against the media, and they will be punished accordingly after the report […]

Probe ordered into proposed ‘law to control print media’

Probe ordered into proposed ‘law to control print media’The information ministry took punitive action against officials concerned on Monday in connection with a draconian law, relegating two senior officials of its Internal Publicity Wing as officers on special duty (OSD) and suspending another for tarnishing its image. Also on Monday, the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) asserted that the print media fully abides by journalistic ethics. The development […]

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 […]