Islamabad High Court (IHC) directs NADRA to restore citizenship of JUI-F leader, Declares PEMRA order of restraining TV channels from inviting, projecting the petitioner in talk shows as illegal.

Islamabad High Court (IHC) directs NADRA to restore citizenship of JUI-F leader, Declares PEMRA order of restraining TV channels from inviting, projecting the petitioner in talk shows as illegal.By accepting the petition of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F)’s former senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah challenging National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA)’s decision to cancel his citizenship, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday directed NADRA to restore his citizenship. A single bench of the IHC comprising Chief Justice of IHC Justice Athar Minallah announced the verdict […]

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 […]

PEMRA bans speeches of ‘proclaimed offenders’ following Nawaz’s ‘fiery speeches’

PEMRA bans speeches of ‘proclaimed offenders’ following Nawaz’s ‘fiery speeches’Days after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s fiery speeches from London, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Thursday banned broadcast and rebroadcast of any speech, interview or public address of absconders or proclaimed offenders. The regulatory body in a statement prohibited the broadcasting of content including […]

Pakistan’s Supreme Court takes notice of ‘objectionable content’ on YouTube, other social media platforms

Pakistan’s Supreme Court takes notice of ‘objectionable content’ on YouTube, other social media platformsISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday took notice of ‘objectionable content’ on YouTube and other social media platform and issued notices to the Foreign Ministry and the Attorney General of Pakistan. The apex court was hearing a case against suspect Shaukat Ali pertaining to a sectarian crime when the topic came under discussion. The court […]

Distressed media

Distressed mediaTV ANCHORS must be trained to remain calm, objective and adept at navigating and defusing tense on-air situations. But in a recent evening talk show, one anchor reacted violently to his panellist. Viewers pointed out the undeniably political and gendered dimensions of his inflammatory outburst. But few saw the behaviour as pathological — irrational agitation […]

TV, internet suspended as cable operators strike in Karachi

TV, internet suspended as cable operators strike in KarachiKARACHI: Cable operators across the metropolis suspended TV and internet services from 7pmto 9pm on Monday as a protest against K-Electric (KE) for deliberately cutting the cables of various fibre broadband providers. All Pakistan Cable Operators Association (APCOA) and the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) also announced that they would observe the strike on Tuesday (today) […]

Pakistan: Directive by electronic media regulator imposes restrictions on coverage of health services

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on June 25 introduced a set of restrictive directives for reporting and coverage of COVID-19 by television channels. The restrictions imposed in the directives include “any violence at hospitals, emergency situation, attack, offensive behavior towards healthcare workers may not be telecast in order to protect honor and dignity […]