Press and privacy

Press and privacyON Aug 24, a nine-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court unanimously held that: “The right to privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 and as a part of the freedoms guaranteed by Part III of the Constitution.” Article 21 says: “No person shall […]

NA speaker moves court against Pemra decision

NA speaker moves court against Pemra decisionISLAMABAD –  National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday approached the Islamabad High Court against Pemra’s Council of Complaints’ decision wherein it had turned down his contention against a private TV channel and its anchor Rauf Klasra. He moved the petition through his counsel Hafiz SA Rehman and cited the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory […]

No probe started in attack on senior journalist

No probe started in attack on senior journalistISLAMABAD: In continuation to ongoing attacks and harassment of critical media persons, now senior journalist Matiullah Jan has been attacked on way to home along with his family in the Bhara Kahu area of the federal capital. Matiullah, one of the leading journalists, was heading home along with his two sons (18 years and 13 […]

Media capture: not inevitable

Media capture: not inevitableMedia capture is the result not just of technological and market forces, but of political choices made by political and business leaders. It is a complex problem, but not inevitable. Exacerbated by the economic weakness of the traditional news business and the growing concentration of ownership of media industries, media capture has become one of the […]

Media not allowed to enter polling stations, allege journalists

Media not allowed to enter polling stations, allege journalistsLAHORE: Journalists and workers of different observatory bodies have alleged that they were refused entry into polling stations to monitor the election process despite having accreditation cards issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). “This is tantamount to curbing freedom of media and put the whole election process into doubt,” Rai Shahnawaz, a reporter of […]

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, […]