Posts Tagged ‘ Censorship ’

Anti Terrorism Court Issues Arrest Warrants Against Geo Personnel On Charges of Blasphemy

Jun 6th, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship, Geo TV

Journalists is Pakistan have been killed with impunity since long. Now the Anti-Terrorism Courts are finally taking notice of the media, but it is not to protect journalists, but to arrest them. ATC judge Tariq Anwar Kasi on Thursday issued arrest warrants against Geo’s owner Mir Shakeelur Rehman, morning show host Dr Shaista Lodhi as well as […]



Over 20 Channels Summoned Over Blasphemy Allegations

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship

When Geo found itself in the crosshairs, the response from other media groups was sadly predictable – capitalise on the opportunity to bring the giant down, and in doing so grab a piece of their coveted audience. Unfortunately, in their scramble, the media tycoons forgot that throwing mud will leave you soiled as well. Now, Geo […]



Geo Saga Requires Reflection, Not Reaction

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship, Geo TV, ISPR

The attempted murder of Geo News Senior Anchor Hamid Mir has rocked the nation, not only as the latest attempt to silence a journalist who reports on sensitive issues, but due to the very serious allegations made by Hamid Mir and others holding the ISI responsible for the attack. As tensions are rising to regrettable levels, though, […]



Express Tribune’s Blank Page: Censorship or Protest?

Mar 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship, Express Tribune

Readers of Express Tribune were greeted with an unusual sight last week: A large blank space on the front page. What was missing was a report, first published by The New York Times that accuses former DG-ISI Gen Shuja Pasha and an independent section of ISI of having either helped hide Osama bin Laden or, at the very least, […]



Freedom of Speech and Censorship of Ansar Abbasi

Aug 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Censorship, Jang

Ansar Abbasi once again finds himself at the center of controversy, this time not because of what he wrote in an article published by The News or Daily Jang but because of what he wrote in an article not published by his employer. This latest incident has resulted in that unique situation where conservatives demand […]



China cracks down on rumours in media

Nov 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Censorship, Conspiracy Theories

As government and military officials look more and more to China, members of Pakistan’s journalism community should take notice of certain recent developments. Chinese authorities announced this week that they are tightening regulations governing journalists, specifically, rule that require reports to fact check and have actual evidence before publishing sensational claims and conspiracy theories. The […]



Who’s afraid of Najam Sethi?

Oct 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Spats between politicians are a regular occurrence – Altaf and Nawaz’s verbal back and forths are the stuff of legend. This can be somewhat expected between politicians as they are competing for votes and attention from many of the same constituencies. Though journalists are also competitive, this is usually carried out on the merits of […]



The Nation’s Pro-Censorship Position

Sep 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Censorship, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, The Nation

The Nation published an editorial praising the Lahore High Court for its order to ban websites “involved in displaying blasphemous content”. This pro-censorship position is not only self-defeating for a free media, it is thoroughly unworkable. The first question that must be asked when approaching the topic of censorship is who is to decide what […]



Who has shut down Geo Super?

Apr 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang, PEMRA, The News

If you have not already, please immediately read Cafe Pyala’s brilliant explanation of the PEMRA vs GEO case that unfortunately continues to waste the time and energy of many people. Of the most damaging revalations from this expose is the question who is actually banning Geo Super? Geo/Jang Group has consistently accused the government via […]



Media Silence: APCOMS

Nov 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship, The News

This blog has pointed out in the past that often what is not reported in the media is equally as important as what is reported. By promoting certain positions, the media has a great deal of influence on public attitudes – if people constantly hear that the government is corrupt, they will believe it. And […]



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