Muzzling the media

Muzzling the mediaWITH World Press Freedom Day around the corner, we are offered with, if nothing else, a delicious excuse to delve into the recent past and make some sort of an assessment, however vague, of where we truly stand — are the gatekeepers of our information free and independent and pluralistic, or are they controlled and […]

Electronic media editors reject Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) curbs

Electronic media editors reject Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) curbsISLAMABAD: The electronic media regulator has advised satellite television channels not to report on government meetings under progress, but the stakeholders expressed concern over the directive. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) said news channels should exercise caution while reporting on decisions taken at cabinet meetings and rely […]

‘Sindh journalist’s protection bill to be tabled soon’

‘Sindh journalist’s protection bill to be tabled soon’KARACHI: A Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) delegation called on Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday, says a handout. President KUJ Nizamuddin Siddiqui, general secretary Fahim Siddiqui and other KUJ office-bearers participated while the provincial minister was assisted by secretary information Rafiq Ahmed Buriro and others. The meeting discussed […]

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) calls for a judicial inquiry into the armed attack on Absar Alam former chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and former editor of Daily Nation, Islamabad.

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) calls for a judicial inquiry into the armed attack on Absar Alam former chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and former editor of Daily Nation, Islamabad.Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed and concerned at the murder attempt on Absar Alam and strongly supports calls for a judicial inquiry into the attack so that the motives and identities of the perpetrators behind the attack are uncovered. Alam, who is the former chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and former […]

Pakistan ranks 145th in Press Freedom Index

Pakistan ranks 145th in Press Freedom IndexISLAMABAD/ PARIS: The annual report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday that journalism was at least partly blocked in nearly three-quarters of the 180 countries surveyed. Its World Press Freedom Index found 73 countries “totally blocked or seriously impeded” journalism, while it was “constrained” in 59 others, adding that many governments had used the […]

Info secretary, senior journalists discuss Journalists Protection Bill draft

Info secretary, senior journalists discuss Journalists Protection Bill draftKARACHI   –  Sindh Information Secretary Rafiq Ahmed Buriro said on Tuesday that every step was being taken to improve laws related to welfare of media, particularly journalists, with a view to provide conducive atmosphere for their sustained growth.   This he said while holding a meeting of senior journalists to discuss draft of Journalists Protection Bill […]