Cruel year for the media

Cruel year for the mediaThe year gone by has been a cruel year for the media. In a country where more than 40 TV news channels fight for ratings and a limited advertising pie, the industry finally went into a correction mode. This was also prompted by the government which not only slashed its advertising budget but also re-negotiated […]

PM Imran Khan assures journalists of clearing media dues

PM Imran Khan assures journalists of clearing media duesLAHORE: Media is the fourth pillar of the state and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is will soon clear outstanding dues of the news organisations, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Thursday. “Our government is committed to the freedom of expression and has full support to the media industry,” the premier said in a meeting […]

Experts say despite problems, media disseminating untwisted news

Experts say despite problems, media disseminating untwisted newsKARACHI: Speakers at a session in the ongoing Festival of Arts and Ideas organised by Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Thursday said that despite being influenced by highly divisive society of the country, Pakistani media has still managed to play its role in trying to disseminate untwisted information to people. At a session titled […]

Pakistan ahead of Russia and China in press freedom, says Russian scholar

Pakistan ahead of Russia and China in press freedom, says Russian scholarKARACHI: A Russian professor with expertise in international journalism on Wednesday said Pakistan was better placed than Russia and China, though still “least free” on the freedom of press rankings by two prestigious institutions. Prof Aleksei Bykov, a professor of international journalism associated with the St Petersburg University, Russia, spoke at length on the ‘Lesson […]

Role of media in portrayal of disabled persons questioned

Role of media in portrayal of disabled persons questionedKARACHI: Speakers at a programme shared their sentiments about portrayal of persons with disabilities in the media during a panel discussion held in connection with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Monday. The programme Media & Disability: Pity-heroism Dichotomy was organised by the Network of Organisations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan (NOW­PDP) […]

Sub judice or not

Sub judice or notWhen journalists in this country portray certain politicians as the embodiment of corruption, they are not expecting to be hauled up by the Supreme Court. Yet that is exactly what happened in the aftermath of a political talk show hosted by Arshad Sharif, aired on ARY News on August 28, 2018. In the show, Sharif, […]