Illegal FM stations shut in Bajaur

Illegal FM stations shut in BajaurBAJAUR: The local authorities on Wednesday closed down four private FM radio stations in Bajaur tribal district for functioning illegally. According to a notification issued by deputy commissioner Mohammad Fayyaz Khan, the district administration took the action after observing that the FM radio stations were not only functioning illegally but also broadcasting biased content. It […]

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority instructs television channels not to criticize the state’s anti-corruption institution.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority instructs television channels not to criticize the state’s anti-corruption institution.Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by the overreach of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and its latest order regarding the coverage of Pakistan’s accountability watchdog, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). In an advice dated March 24, the media regulatory body said that satellite television licensees “indulged in airing highly unsubstantiated, judgmental and […]

UN takes notice of harassment of journalists, HR defenders

UN takes notice of harassment of journalists, HR defendersLAHORE: The UN has taken notice of harassment of journalists and praised the judiciary for dismissing meritless charges against them. A statement from the UN says: “We are seriously concerned that the number of complaints received illustrate an alarming pattern of using the legal system to harass, intimidate, threaten and retaliate against journalists and human […]

Daniel Pearl murder case: SC allows Omar Saeed Sheikh to be moved to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail

Daniel Pearl murder case: SC allows Omar Saeed Sheikh to be moved to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jailThe Supreme Court on Thursday allowed government authorities to move Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was on death row for 18 years before his acquittal in the 2002 beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl, to the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, issued the order while hearing […]

IHC suspends FIA’s summon to Absar Alam

IHC suspends FIA’s summon to Absar AlamISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC), on Monday, suspended a summon issued by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to the former chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Absar Alam. A single bench of Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition of the former chairman PEMRA, and also summoned the investigation officer of the FIA […]