Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)

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Journalist Absar Alam shot, wounded in Pakistan

Washington, D.C., April 20, 2021 — Pakistan authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the shooting of journalist Absar Alam and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Earlier today, an unidentified man shot Alam while he was walking near his home in Islamabad, according to news reports…

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Pakistan court suspends regulator’s ban on BOL News broadcaster

On January 22, 2021, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the country’s broadcast regulator, ordered BOL News, a privately owned news channel, to be suspended for 30 days and fined the outlet 1 million rupees (US$6,225), according to news reports and a statement by the regulator. On January 25, when courts reopened after the weekend,…

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Pakistani journalists protest layoffs outside a press club in Karachi on December 17, 2018. Pakistan's military and security agencies exert pressure on local media, while the government slashes its advertising budget, squeezing a key source of revenue for private newspapers and TV stations. (AP/Fareed Khan)

Proposed media regulator provokes strong criticism in Pakistan

Pakistani journalists are a fractious lot. The unions have split into competing factions. TV networks snap at each other on air. So it takes something really threatening to prompt journalists to come to a common point of view. That’s happened as the government’s latest plan to create a new media regulatory body has provoked a…

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