SC rules overt, covert censorship unconstitutional

SC rules overt, covert censorship unconstitutionalISLAMABAD: Overt and covert censorship is unconstitutional and illegal, the Supreme Court ruled while deciding a suo motu notice relating to the Faizabad Interchange sit-in by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). “Nebulous tactics, such as issuing advice to self-censor, to suppress independent viewpoints, to project prescribed ones, to direct who should be hired or fired by media […]

The Verdict Imran Khan or Ayub Khan: Is PMRA the new tool to curb freedom of press and control media?

The Verdict Imran Khan or Ayub Khan: Is PMRA the new tool to curb freedom of press and control media?Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) government in the centre recently approved the formation of a new regulatory body, known as the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA). From now, all media, including print, electronic and social, will be simultaneously regulated by this newly established body. Organisations such as the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and the […]

Media workers protest retrenchment, pay cuts

Media workers protest retrenchment, pay cutsKARACHI: A joint workers’ action committee comprising representatives of media organisations, as well as trade and labour unions, set up a protest camp outside the offices of a newspaper on Thursday to protest job and pay cuts in media houses. Political and religious parties also took part in the protest. The protest brought together the […]

Stifling the press

Stifling the pressA “WALKING shadow”. A “poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage/ And then is heard no more”. A “tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing”. Shakespeare was describing life. He could as easily have been writing about the state of Pakistan’s media. On television screens, pundits […]

APNS team apprises Punjab PA speaker about media issues

APNS team apprises Punjab PA speaker about media issuesLAHORE: A delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) met Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Parvez Elahi here on Sunday and briefed him about the problems being faced by the Punjab based publications because of the new advertising policy, especially money owed by the government organisations. The delegation included Mehtab Khan, Mujibur Rehman Shami, Tameeza Mizami, […]