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  • Saba likes co-productions

    Not just because she’s in the movie, but because she thinks that co-productions with any film industry of the world (the operative word being any) is a beneficial exercise: it gives us ‘new’ markets...

  • Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015: Regulating the media

    Given the context in which it has come, it is a case of better late than never: following the directives of the Supreme Court, on Thursday the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Heritage issued the Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct, 2015...

    Yet despite the formulation of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Rules 2009, it has felt as though media organisations and their employees...

  • MEDIA EYE: COURTING THE MEDIA

    Since the rise to power of former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and the birth of judicial activism, there has hardly been a day when court proceedings have not featured prominently in the media, often grabbing top headlines and dominating the discourse in TV talk shows for weeks on end...

    But increasingly, the media itself is becoming a part of judicial headlinesInterestingly enough, while Article 58-2(b) remained part of the...

  • Representative organisations of media industry reject Pakistan Media Deve­lopment Authority

    KARACHI: All representative organisations and associations of media in-dustry — the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Dir­ec­­t­­o­rs (AEMEND) — have rejected the proposed Pakistan Media Deve­lopment Authority (PMDA) and termed the law behind it a...

  • Media bodies assail attempt to establish Pakistan Media Development Authority

    KARACHI: A joint committee of media organisations in the country has unanimously rejected the government’s attempt to establish the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA)...

    The committee comprises the Council of Pakistan News­paper Editors (CPNE), All Pakistan Newspapers Socie­­ty, Pakistan Broadcasters Association, Pakistan Fed­eral Union of Journalists and Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors...

  • Islamabad most dangerous place to be a journalist in Pakistan, says media watchdog

    Islamabad is the most dangerous place to be a journalist in Pakistan, according to media rights watchdog Freedom Network (FN) which has released its Press Freedom Barometer 2018 — monitored from May 1, 2017 to April 1 this year — to mark the International Press Freedom Day that falls on Thursday...

    According to a press release issued by FN, the group has recorded over 150 cases of attacks and violations against media and its...

  • Islamabad rejects criticism over media freedom

    LONDON: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday there was “no question of gagging” journalists after being challenged about Pakistan’s record at a media freedom conference in London...

    “Believe you me, there is no question of gagging or controlling media,” he told the conference co-hosted by Britain and Canada...

  • Islamabad ATC sentences 3 to death for sharing blasphemous content on social media

    An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday sentenced three men to death for sharing blasphemous content on social media...

    According to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which had investigated the case, Rana Nouman Rafaqat and Abdul Waheed operated fake profiles and disseminated blasphemous material on social media, while Nasir Ahmad had uploaded blasphemous videos to a Youtube channel...

  • Wapda official puts media gag on tainted pair

    KARACHI: Despite being declared free men after serving their bans in the spot-fixing saga, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and seamer Mohammad Asif were prevented on Monday by a top Wapda team official from interacting with the media at the start of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy match here at the National Stadium...

    But the media personnel gathered at the stadium while anticipating the opportunity of talking to the tainted pair...

  • LHC orders media blackout of Altaf

    LAHORE: The Lahore High Court ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and the Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) on Monday to ensure a complete blackout of all activities of MQM chief Altaf Hussain in both electronic and print media...

    A full bench of the court headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi issued the order on three identical petitions seeking a ban on media coverage of Altaf Hussain’s speeches...

  • Obama torches Trump at his final US media dinner

    “The Republican establishment is incredulous that he's their most likely nominee,” Obama told attendees at the black-tie event, which brought together journalists and media moguls with Hollywood stars and power brokers from Capitol Hill and beyond...

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