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Pakistan’s media industry is going through evolution: Salman Iqbal

KARACHI: President and CEO of ARY Digital Network, Mr. Salman Iqbal, says that the role of media is to report the current happenings, whether it’s good or bad. Speaking at the conference held under the aegis of World Memon Organization (WMO) in Karachi, Mr. Iqbal said the media in Pakistan was currently going through evolution. Highlighting the services of Memon community, he said that the community was playing its pivotal role in the field of media as well as in other sectors of the country. “Pakistani media is…

PM Imran announces withdrawal of five percent duty on news print

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will soon resolve problems being faced by the country through its policies, ARY News reported. Talking to a delegation of representatives of Council of Newspapers Editors and Pakistan Broadcasters Association, the PM said that the government wants to provide maximum relief to the masses and is mainly focusing on long neglected sectors of education and health. About the economic issues faced by the country, the…

Strategy being excogitated to pay media’s outstanding dues: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said a strategy was being devised for payment of the arrears of media, piling up and pending since the previous governments, so that problems of the newspaper industry could be addressed. "Media has a key role in promotion of democracy, ensuring good governance, transparency and meritocracy. The government will extend full support to the media," he said while talking to a delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) in Islamabad. Minister for Information and…

Trump’s attacks on media may lead to real violence: UN expert

GENEVA: US President Donald Trump’s verbal attacks on the media run the risk of triggering real violence against journalists, the U.N. rapporteur for freedom of expression said on Thursday. In a joint statement with Edison Lanza, who holds the same post at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, David Kaye said Trump’s tirades against the media violated the basic norms of press freedom. “These attacks run counter to the country’s obligations to respect press freedom and international human rights law,” they said.…

Media should mobilise voters for elections: Punjab CM

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Dr. Hassan Askari on Friday said that media should play its national responsibility for mobilization of voters for forthcoming elections. He said this while discussing implementation of code of conducts of Election Commission of Pakistan for media in a meeting with Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Saleem Baig in Lahore. The CM said media should perform its duty responsibly during electoral process on the election day. He said the caretaker…

UK court lets Indian banks search, seize tycoon Mallya’s properties: media

NEW DELHI: A consortium of Indian banks can search and seize the properties of Indian businessman Vijay Mallya in Britain, media reports said on Thursday, citing the decision of a British court. India wants to extradite Mallya from Britain on fraud charges and to help nearly a dozen Indian banks recover loans granted to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the tycoon, co-owner of the Force India Formula One motor racing team, fled to Britain in March 2016. The case against Mallya centres on a series of loans…

Media proprietors in hot water- Supreme Court orders

LAHORE: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has ordered the owners of various media channels to appear before the Supreme Court on Monday (today) to enlighten the basis of non-payment of salaries to their employees, and no implementation of his orders. A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar led the hearing. The chief justice issued the order at the Lahore registry of the Supreme Court on Sunday about non-payment of salaries by different media outlets. According to him, grave action would be taken against…

Pakistan keen to expand cooperation with China in film, media, culture and heritage

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday said that Pakistan was keen to expand cooperation with China in the field of film, media, culture and heritage. "Pakistan cherishes its unique ties with all-weather and time-tested friend as both countries carry a legacy of cooperation, the foundation of which was laid by their ancestors," she said in a meeting with Ambassador of China to Pakistan Yao Jing in Islamabad. She said that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by…