Withering freedom of expression

The freedom of speech and expression is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution, but recent actions of the government are tightly squeezing our freedom. After successfully controlling the broadcast media and purging all forms of dissent, the government has

Social media sites to made responsible for negative information: UK

LONDON: Britain said it would make social networking websites including  Facebook, Twitter and Snap responsible for monitoring or deleting offensive posts from their pages. Speaking to the media ministers of the U.K government said, “Responsibility will be placed to ensure

Disney drops ‘Fox’ name from 20th Century film studios

LOS ANGELES: Disney will rename 20th Century Fox to distance its legendary film studio from the assets of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch right-wing media channel, US media reported. The entertainment conglomerate last year acquired most of the assets of 21st

Boot antics

Talk shows have always been controversial for their theatrics, but PTI leader Faisal Vawda went a step further when he brought a military boot to a show and placed in on the table during a live TV programme. The federal

British royals and media intrusion

Britain’s royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the shocking decision to step back from their roles as members of the royal family and seek financial independence. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hope to be financially independent

Journalists’ killings decline

The number of journalists killed in the line of duty fell in 2019 to the lowest levels in seventeen years according to a report by the Citizens to Project Journalists.  The drop in murders comes amid unprecedented global attention on

Media coverage ban

The presumption of innocence is the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty. This golden thread ensures a suspect has the right to a fair trial. Thus the recent decision of the government to ban the coverage of

India must allow media to observe IoK’s situation: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal has said that the international media should be allowed by India to visit occupied Kashmir to observe the situation in the valley. During a briefing, Mohammad Faisal urged India to immediately restore internet and

IHC stresses on code of conduct for media in anchorperson contempt case

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court highlighted the need to devise a code of conduct for media during the hearing of a contempt of court case. Senior news anchors, Chairman PEMRA and representatives of Pakistan Broadcasting Authority (PBA) were present in the

PEMRA chairman submits unconditional apology in IHC

ISLAMABAD:  Chairman PEMRA Mirza Saleem Baig submitted his unconditional apology in the Islamabad High Court in connection with a contempt of court case. The high court resumed the hearing of the contempt notice issued to the PEMRA chairman for using the

DG ISPR dismisses speculations of amendment to Army Act

RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday dismissed speculation regarding an amendment to the Pakistan Army Act in relation to the International Court of Justice’s ruling on convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav earlier this

Facebook launches new company logo, corporate branding

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday unveiled a new logo for the company to distinguish it from its apps. The social media company said it would start using the new brand within its products and marketing materials, and would update the

Pakistan rejects baseless Indian media reports about Kartarpur

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Monday completely rejected baseless reports which appeared in a section of the Indian media and were attributed to “intelligence sources” stating they ought to be treated with the contempt. The reports in question had insinuated

Stifling TV anchors’ opinions

PEMRA’s latest directive to bar TV anchors from offering their opinions during talk shows is just another move to impose curbs on the media and against freedom of expression. This will give impetus to concerns about rising state-sponsored censorship. Many

FO rejects Indian reports about ‘so-called launchpads’ along LoC

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Sunday categorically rejected Indian media reports about so-called “launchpads” being targeted by India along the Line of Control. Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Faisal summoned the Indian Chargé d’affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations

Meghan Markle admits struggle under media spotlight

LONDON: Meghan Markle has admitted becoming a mother while living under an intense media spotlight has been a “struggle”. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to son Archie in May after marrying Prince Harry last year. Britain’s aggressive press at

Maulana’s Azadi March is hype created by media: Railway Minister

ISLAMABAD: Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Tuesday said that media has given unnecessary hype to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F ’s Azadi March. While talking to media today, he said that Maulana’s Azadi March is just a hype created by media.  Sheikh Rasheed

Pakistan’s economy is not shrinking, asserts govt

ISLAMABAD: Finance Division on Friday described as “incorrect” the impression created in a section of the media that the Pakistan economy is shrinking. In a statement, the Finance Division has asserted that the macroeconomic adjustment policies introduced by the government

Confronting Islamophobia in media

Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia agreeing to jointly fight the rising trend of Islamophobia centred in the West by launching a new English language TV channel is an ambitious decision. Prime Minister Imran Khan, Turkish President Erdogan, and Malaysian premier Mahathir

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