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Fake news greatest challenge faced by media today: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the greatest challenge being faced by the modern media was dissemination of fake news. Addressing a seminar, the minister said that the fake news phenomenon was created with the

What is PMDA and why are journalists protesting against it?

Ever since Fawad Chaudhry reassumed charge as information minister, the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting has once again started working to establish a new media regulatory authority. The proposal to establish the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) has met with

New media regulator

The government has decided to repeal all existing media regulations and set up a new body – Pakistan Media Development (PDMA) – to regulate and monitor mainstream and social media. However, the move has been rejected by media organizations as

Govt clears dues to media organizations worth Rs700mn: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said the ministry has paid outstanding dues to media organizations worth Rs700 million. The minister said the due were paid on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said the amounts

Media control

Being a Mass Communication graduate made me study, evaluate and understand the power of the media and the control it yields on our lives. The mass media is perhaps the most powerful tool to send information and messages to a

Press freedom

Press freedom in Pakistan have deteriorated in recent years as the media has faced constant attacks, threats, and intimidation while performing its journalistic duties. Yet, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry make the assertion that Pakistan was “probably one of the freest

Media ethics, lies and deception

In 1995, Princess Diana gave an explosive interview to BBC in which exposed Prince Charles’ infidelities and the reason for their unhappy marriage. Two years late in August 1997, the Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in

Media control and global monopolies

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s recently earned the ire on social after he claimed that Israel has “deep pockets” and controls the media. The foreign minister’s appearance on US-based CNN has garnered attention after the anchor accused him of making

Govt committed to ensure free, independent media: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain has reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure free and independent media in the country. In his message on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the minister said the government under

Press freedoms have been chained by PTI regime: Bilawal

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that press freedom has been chained through threats, intimidation, and pressure tactics by the PTI regime. In his message on World Press Freedom Day, the PPP Chairman said that the

Social Media partially restored in Pakistan after blockage

ISLAMABAD: Services of social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Telegram, were partially restored in Pakistan after blockage to ‘maintain public order’. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Interior directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to temporarily

Pakistan scores poorly in freedom of expression report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan performed poorly in legal and practical protections for the right to freedom of expression during 2020, according to a new report published by the Media Matters for Democracy. The Pakistan Freedom of Expression Report 2020 was launched through

Three female media workers killed in Afghanistan

JALALABAD: Three female media workers were shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad amid a wave of killings that is spreading fear among professional workers. Zalmai Latifi, head of local broadcaster Enikas TV, said the three women were

Facebook blocks news content in Australia

SYDNEY: Australia slammed Facebook’s decision to impose a news blackout over a law that would force it to pay for content, warning the ban showed the immense power of internet giants. Facebook and other tech firms have pushed back hard

ECC approves Rs140mn to clear dues for COVID-19 media campaigns

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet has approved funds to clear the due on media campaigns initiated to create awareness among the public during COVID-19 pandemic. The committee meeting chaired by Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez

Indian media campaigns

Psyched by TV anchor Arnab Goswami’s disclosures about Modi’s sinister designs on Pakistan, Indian media too has begun behaving like “his master’s voice”, if correctly called, and is now suffering from an Islamabad phobia and showing scant respect for journalistic

Protection of journalists

Pakistani media was faced with different challenges both in terms of content and coverage as well as in the nature of the steps to restrict press freedom and the free flow of information in 2020. The year 2020 presented the

Indian media hate speech

India is being exposed for its smear campaign and propaganda against Pakistan. The Indian media has been hand in glove with the racist BJP regime in its hate campaign against Pakistan. The EU DisinfoLab had uncovered a massive network of

Indian fake news media

It is the foremost principle of journalism to always seek the truth and report the facts. A journalist should always strive for accuracy, give all the relevant facts, and ensure they have checked. Nowadays the Indian media has stooped to

Indian media reports fake ‘civil war’ in Karachi

KARACHI: The Indian media went berserk by propagating fake news about a “civil war” like situation in Karachi leading to a hilarious response from the social media users in Pakistan. The arrest of PML-N leader Captain (retd) Safdar on charges

Stifling press freedom

Despite huge strides, press freedom has been on a decline in Pakistan in recent years. We are still regarded as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for a journalist due to various incidents of violence, threats and

Kashmir Lives Matter

In 2015, a harrowing picture was released of a Syrian toddler lying face down on a beach in Turkey. The world’s conscience was shaken over the body of two-year-old Ayan Kurdi becoming a symbol of the refugee crisis. Another shocking

New media licenses to provide $3 billion investment

ISLAMABAD: New licenses issued by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) would inject investment of approximately $2-$3 billion, said Economic Survey 2019-2020 released on Thursday. The growth of the media industry has multiplied rapidly during the last decade, with a

Local newspapers need support

Regional and local newspapers play a vital role for any government but none has benefited more than the incumbent PTI government. Let’s not go further but even during the 2018 general elections, when many media channels had boycotted the PTI,

PM appeals to stay at home during coronavirus pandemic

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday released a message and appealed people to stay home as much as possible during coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on Twitter, the prime minister said more people show self-discipline, the easier it will

PM urges media to provide authentic information on COVID-19 crisis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged media to play its due role in providing authentic information and counter negative propaganda by some elements under the prevailing situation of the coronavirus pandemic. Presiding over a high-level meeting, the prime minister

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