Freedom of Expression

Sindh High Court SHC suspends ministry notice on ARY News

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The Sindh High Court on Saturday suspended an interior ministry notice until Aug 17 that cancelled security clearance of ARY News. A bench comprising Justice Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry also issued notices to the interior secretary, the chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, a federal...

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Interior ministry cancels NOC of ARY News

The Ministry of Interior has cancelled the no-objection certificate (NOC) of ARY Communications Private Ltd, citing "adverse reports from agencies" as the reason behind the decision, it emerged on Friday. The notification issued by the ministry, dated August 11, to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority...

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Pemra moves against ARY News after licence revoked

ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, the Pakistan Elec­tronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) revoked the operating licence of ARY News late on Friday night after the security clearance of the channel was withdrawn by the Ministry of Interior, paving the way for the permanent closure of...

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PPF condemns removal of broadcast, show-cause notice and case registration, arrest of ARY News staff; calls for free expression to be guaranteed

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) condemns the steps taken by authorities against ARY News channel in recent days including disruption in broadcast, issuance of a show-cause notice and case registrations as well as the arrests of ARY journalists and staff. These steps are pressure tactics to...

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PEMRA warns TV channels to refrain from airing content against state institutions

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Tuesday warned all television channels to refrain from airing content against state institutions. The electronic media regulator directed the TV channels to avoid spreading propaganda, misinformation and disinformation against the institutions. According to PEMRA, the misinformation and disinformation spread by...

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ARY News ‘pulled off air’ in parts of country

ISLAMABAD: ARY News went off air on Monday evening in many parts of the country with the channel blaming the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) for the move. However, Pemra didn’t give any reason for its action. The channel’s transmission started to face disruptions at around 8pm in...

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Doctor sent to jail for ‘harassing journalist’

LARKANA: An employee of the People's Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI) was booked under sections 506/2 and 504 of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Market police station for allegedly hurling life threats to the Larkana Press Club vice president, Tariq Durrani. The suspect, Dr Tariq Soomro,...

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