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New regulatory authority to replace Pemra: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Thursday said that government will establish a new media regulatory authority by abolishing the existing Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), ARY News reported. While addressing the Senate's Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting in Islamabad on Thursday, Fawad said the Ministry of Information has prepared a draft law in this regard which has been sent to all stakeholders to solicit their recommendations. The…

Pemra directs all channels to strictly adhere to media ethics

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has directed all news and current affairs channels to strictly adhere to media ethics while reporting incidents related to violence, crime, sexual abuse, terrorism, abduction, natural disaster and so on. The authority had already issued an advice on the same matter last month in which all news channels were requested to ensure strict compliance to the provisions of the Electronic Media (Prorgammes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015 and to specifically…

Pemra ‘advises’ TV channels to avoid airing content criticizing judiciary over dam fund

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Monday reprimanded the electronic media for airing programmes containing statements by different people against judiciary with regard to Diamer-Bhasha, Mohamand Dam Fund. "A trend has been observed wherein news and current affairs channels have been found airing live programs of different politicians, analysts and legal fraternity containing aspersions against the judiciary, while referring to Diamer-Bhasha Dam Fund, without any editorial control,"…

Pemra urges media houses to exhibit sobriety while covering elections

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has asked all media houses to exhibit sobriety while covering general elections 2018. In an advisory, the Pemra said all the licensees were obliged to follow code of conduct for political parties, contesting candidates, election and polling agents and code of conduct of media for general election issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). It said that it was obligatory on media to inform and educate public about relevant electoral matters and…

SC orders appointment of PEMRA chairman within two days

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday issued a notice to the government to appoint Mirza Saleem Baig as chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) within two days. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar took up the hearing of a case pertaining to the appointment of chairman PEMRA on Wednesday. During the course of hearing, anchors of private media outlets raised objection that Saleem Baig does not meet the requirement of the qualification for the top post. The apex court had constituted a…

IHC issues contempt of court notice to Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday served the contempt of court notice to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Justice Amir Farooq was hearing the case pertaining to ban the live coverage of Nawaz Sharif’s contemptuous speeches. While supporting his petition, advocate Makhdoom Niyaz Inqilabi pleaded that Nawaz Sharif has been constantly disgracing judiciary and other state institutions on media. Therefore, a stay order should be issued halting the live broadcast of Nawaz Sharif’s speeches unless the…

Pemra imposes 30-day ban on Dr Amir Liaquat

KARACHI: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has banned Dr. Amir Liaquat for thirty days from appearing on any television channel ruling that he had violated several sections of Pemra Ordinance in a television programme a day ago. The electronic media regulator, in a notification issued, stated that Amir Liaquat, during his channel's Ramzan transmission on May 24, had "aired live, un-edited and without any delay" a video call from Gujrat wherein the caller had raised a controversial religious issue.…

Nawaz, Maryam’s speeches haven’t been banned, explains CJP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday clarified that the Lahore High Court didn’t restrain former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz from making speeches, but directed the Pemra to ensure no anti-judiciary speeches are aired on television channels.  Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who headed a three-judge bench, said newspapers wrongly reported that a ban has been imposed on speeches by Sharif and his daughter. The Attorney General read out the LHC verdict in the courtroom, saying it had…

Pemra warns TV channels from airing content against judiciary

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronics Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has warned TV channels against airing live speeches, press conferences and media talks of different politicians wherein hate speech and criticism on the judiciary and armed forces of Pakistan is being aired without any editorial over-sighting. According to Pemra statement: "it has also been noticed that news channels in their news bulletins, current affairs programmes/talk shows, are repeatedly broadcasting these derogatory speeches, media conferences…

Pemra inaction over anti-judiciary remarks irks LHC

LAHORE:  A bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulator Authority (Pemra) to submit record of action it has so far taken to stop the airing of contemptuous speeches against the judiciary.  The bench observed that the regulatory body vigorously took action in some cases while remained silent spectator in others. When Pemra had a mechanism to block such contemptuous speeches, why didn’t it take action, asked a judge. Was it waiting for someone’s nod, he continued.…