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Bol TV failed to launch, CEO Bol TV is going back to Geo News

Azhar Abbas President and CEO of Bol News is likely to coming back to Geo News as he resigned from Geo News last year from the post of Managing Director. According to the sources, Azhar Abbas who was working with Geo Network since 9 years before joining Bol TV is all set to work with Geo News again.

geo-news-good-daysSenior Journalist and writer Azhar Abbas started his career in journalism in 1990 as he started to work as a reporter for an English daily newspaper. He has worked as columnist in international news channels as well as he was also used to lead professionals’ team in the inauguration of several Television channels. He got much appreciation for his investigative journalism in which he revealed real players behind cricket match fixing as this investigation of him is known as one of the main official investigation on match fixing.

Famous TV host and broadcaster Aamir Liaquat is also returning back to Geo News after joining Express Entertainment as a President in July 2014.

Nadia is all set to back with a bang once again ON Geo Entertainment with her morning show “Geo Phir Mazay Say” which is set to be start on Geo Entertainment very soon. This news has been announced on Geo Entertainment official Facebook page

World trends in freedom of expression and media development

Publication title: World trends in freedom of expression and media development
Publisher: UNESCO, 2014

UNESCO has released a report documenting world trends in freedom of expression and media development.

UNESCOrepEach of the report’s four chapters, on freedom (chapter 1), pluralism (chapter 2), independence (chapter 3) and safety (chapter 4), contains a section of gender .

In the foreword section, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO explains the impetus for the report. “At the 36th session of the General Conference (November 2011), Member States  mandated UNESCO to explore the impact of change on press freedom and the safety  of journalists”.

Bokova underlines four angles of analysis adopted “to review emerging trends, through the conditions of  media freedom, pluralism and independence, as well as the safety of journalists. At each  level, the Report has also examined trends through the lens of gender equality”.

On media freedom for instance, the report highlights the continued “relative exclusion of women in news content by mainstream media and even online media”, echoing findings of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) research in 2010.

Download the UNESCO report here.

ARY News has recorded its biggest ratings in UK

According to the UK audience measuring body BARB, ARY News has recorded its biggest ratings for a long time by crossing over half a million viewers in the latest weekly data reach. The ratings were so high that some other bigger entertainment channels just couldn’t stand a chance in front of ARY News which delivered 557,000 viewers for the week ending on August 17th.

arynews-ukAfter becoming the game changer in the media industry this Ramadan,  ratings reveal that ARY is also heading the news channels ratings and has outshined all the other leading news channels. And the latest feather in the channel’s cap is that besides being the top news channel of the country, it has also managed to cross half-million reach in UK.

The archrival Geo lost massively with 321,000 viewers, about half of the audience of ARY News. On the other hand, other popular new channels like NDTV had 205,000 viewers, Aaj Tak 185,000 viewers and Samaa TV with 167, 000 viewers.

Several journalists attacked while covering Freedom March in Pakistan

New York: The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides to respect the role of journalists and media workers covering an anti-government demonstration in Pakistan. Journalists from various news outlets have been attacked while covering the “Freedom March”, according to news reports.

“We note that the organizers of the ‘Freedom March’ have condemned these attacks but they must do more to control their supporters and ensure the safety of journalists covering the protests,” said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. “Whatever message demonstrators are trying to convey, it’s unlikely that beating reporters and news crews is going to do the job.”

At least four crew members from Aaj News, including digital satellite news gathering engineer Iqbal, cameramen Usmaan, Iqbal, and Samaarat, (identified by single names only) were beaten today by workers from the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party while covering a speech by PTI leader Imran Khan during a sit-in in the capital Islamabad, the private news channel reported. The four were treated in hospital for minor injuries, reports said.

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Journalist and International Press Freedom awardee Umar Cheema, who has documented the attacks, told CPJ by email that those involved were PTI workers. News broadcasts showed the attackers wearing orange jackets that identified them as official workers who had been brought in to manage the march.

In recent days, tens of thousands of demonstrators have participated in the demonstration, which has traveled from Lahore to Islamabad, and was organized by the PTI and the anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri. The protesters are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over allegations of electoral fraud.

A Samaa TV crew were also harassed at the march by workers who confiscated their footage on Sunday after covering claims that a woman was harassed at the sit-in, according to news reports and tweets by Gharidah Farooqi, a journalist with the private news channel.

In a separate incident, journalist Babar Malik from the private news channel ARY News, was beaten by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supporters on Thursday while covering a rally that PML-N had organized to show solidarity with Sharif, according to reports. Local PML-N leaders Hanif Abbasi and Ziaullah Shah helped rescue Malik, who was bruised but not seriously injured during the attack in the Faizabad area of Rawalpindi. The news channel said he was attacked for having reported on the opposition rally.

Between August 15 and 16, several journalists and media workers from the privately owned Geo TV were also assaulted or harassed while covering the PTI-led rally, according to news reports and Cheema.

Along the route of the march a crowd began kicking and striking a Geo digital satellite news gathering van with batons while staff, including reporters Arshad Waheed and Farhat Jabeen, were inside. They warned the crew they would set fire to the vehicle if they did not leave the area within 10 minutes, according to reports.

Demonstrators snatched a mic from Geo reporter Azaz Syed when he was about to go on-air while covering the event from the Zero Point interchange in the capital, Islamabad. The demonstrators then surrounded Syed and forced him to flee, according to reports.

PTI party workers attacked Saif-ur-Rehman, another Geo journalist, forcing him to flee. As Rehman set up his mic, which displayed a logo for Geo TV, a group of men approached him from behind. One of them pounced on him and started yelling: “Get lost. You work for the traitor channel,” Cheema told CPJ. GEO TV cameraman Shabbir Ahmed had his camera broken by PTI workers and another cameraman, Khurram Shehzad, was beaten and had his equipment damaged, according to reports.

The PTI condemned the attacks on journalists and Khan apologized, according to news reports and the International Federation of Journalists. But The News International reported that Khan had criticized Geo News and the Jang group, Pakistan’s largest newspaper company, during a speech on Saturday night, saying: “You are making propaganda against me.”

In a separate incident, unidentified men who appeared intoxicated, attacked an ARY News team in Rawalpindi along the rally route from Lahore to Islamabad on August 14, according to the news channel. PTI party workers intervened and helped lead the crew, who have not been named, to a safer location. A driver for the channel, who was not named in news reports, was taken to a hospital to be treated for head injuries.

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Global war of ideologies and the behavior of media

Committee to Protect Journalists received an email message from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan– the Pakistan Taliban in the Morning of 5th August 2014 . Signed by the “Media commission, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mohmand agency,” the message was addressed to CPJ and our colleagues at Reporters Without Borders.

The message is headlined, “The Global war of ideologies and the behavior of media: To the heads and members of the organizations working for the rights of media members around the world” and lays out the TTP’s anger with Pakistani media coverage of the military’s anti-insurgency campaign in Waziristan, ongoing since early June.

Media commission-tehrik-e-talibanThe campaign is known as Zarb-e-Azb, which translates into “strike of the Prophet’s sword,” and the army calls it a “comprehensive operation.” The offensive is bloody, as will be the case when military forces go into civilian areas to root out insurgents. There has been a fairly high death count, lots of destruction of homes, and a large number of displaced civilians. The proverb “When elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled,” is especially true in this conflict.

Not for the first time, Pakistan’s military has made independent media coverage of the fighting extremely difficult, though not impossible. Because of the restricted coverage, the TTP is accusing the Pakistani media of betraying its journalistic mission by behaving “towards us in this battle in such a way that is even against its own principles. To spread false and baseless news, make propaganda against us on behalf of our enemies and playing the role of war propagandists,” the Taliban considers to be “irresponsible, thoughtless and criminal behavior.”

My interpretation is that the TTP is losing the media battle to present its side of the conflict, and is not pleased with the situation. Given that the fighting doesn’t look to end any time soon, and the government is dominating the news flow from the battlefield, the TTP is threatening to take its frustrations out on Pakistani journalists in an attempt to reverse the information war it is losing.

The threat to us, and Reporters Without Borders and our other sister groups, is not as menacing as the threat directed toward journalists in the TTP’s message. It seems to signal that there will be more attacks on the media, most likely in the near future: “This message is aimed at making you aware that if we get engaged in attacking them [the media] then no crying and sobbing will be heard and we think accomplishing our legitimate and decent mission without attending to criticism of any criticizer is our appropriate right.” In other words, media support groups like CPJ shouldn’t start complaining when the TTP starts attacking journalists. The apparent threat to us and our international colleagues seems clearest with the statement, “We want to remind you that we always remember our enemies.” We should not criticize the TTP by “crying and sobbing,” that is to say, by doing our job of supporting Pakistani journalists.

The TTP has always been media savvy, if not always media friendly. Their spokesmen are readily available and return calls quickly, and the groups maintain websites and social media accounts for both publicizing their victory claims and recruiting. This sort of message is not unlike them.

For their part, Pakistani journalists have long been under pressure from every group with a political or criminal agenda in the country–the military and intelligence agencies, the many militant groups (including the TTP), political parties, local strongmen, and criminal thugs. We have written about how journalists are under constant threat no matter what their political slant, and how they can be harassed, abducted, beaten, and killed with near-perfect impunity.

So as a service to our Pakistani colleagues in the media we will pass along this latest threat, one in a steady never-ending stream of threats, from a group with the power to wreak real mayhem and murder. For almost all of colleagues, it’s not the first time they will be threatened. And just as journalists in Pakistan will keep doing their jobs, CPJ will keep on publicizing the attacks on them from any quarter, drawing attention to the increasingly unstable situation in which they find themselves.

Committee to Protect Journalists

Challenges of a Female reporter in Pakistan

The horrible morning of Sunday, November 22, 2013, the Christian community of Peshawar was targeted by two consecutive suicide blasts at the All Saints Church Kohati, Peshawar.

image001I arrived there within 10 minutes of the incident. The scene in the church was very horrible. The walls and floor were coloured with human blood. Body pieces of victims were scattered within the church premises – men, women, elders and children were among them. Being a mother, I almost fainted when I saw the body pieces of little angels.

There was no space on the floor without blood to take a step. I was lined up to broadcast live by my TV channel and the beeps started. I was talking with the wounded, the families of victims, officials and community representatives, all live from the blast scene. This live transmission at the scene continued for almost six hours. It was difficult for me, with the victims’ families so upset as I walked around on the blood of their loved ones. Some became very rude and challenged me angrily. The next morning I went back to cover follow-up stories, and the situation was almost the same.

This is the story of just one terrorist attack in Peshawar, the frontline city in the war against terror. We report on two or three bomb blasts every single day. The terror attacks have been going on for as long as 12 years, when America invaded Afghanistan and kicked the Taliban government out. In the terrorised FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas] region and Khyber Pakhtoonkha, media reporting is no game, even for the male reporters. Often when we rush to the blast scene, a second blast takes dozens or even hundreds of lives and many journalists are martyred.

For a female TV journalist, it is like being in a battlefield with enemies coming from all sides. In our society, and in the field of journalism, women may seem to be respected outwardly, but when we sit and discuss a report with a male colleague, they try to discourage us and cause problems. It is because of this that women are hesitant about coming into this field and why some women leave. But nowadays the main problem is that we are worried about our safety – our lives.

However it is encouraging that in a male-dominated society like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where there is a cultural barrier that prevents women from working, 30 per cent of journalists are women. Of those, 10 per cent work for TV channels, 7 per cent in newspapers and 13 per cent in local and international radio.

The fierce competition between media organisations puts journalists at even higher risk. In the case of a blast or any emergency, I have to break the news. This pressure usually makes me tense, but being a professional I have to prove that our channel is the best at breaking news.

But that’s hard. If I break the news of a blast, the channel I work for will demand that I find more casualties and a higher death toll, to compete with other organisations. The producer and director back at head office don’t understand how critical the situation is on the spot. They do not understand the problems of a reporter.

I always try to tell the real story, but obviously I am a human being and often my emotions as a mother, sister and wife overcome me. In Pakistan, our organisations prefer women journalists to cover these types of stories because we can bring a human touch. When I report on blast victims’ families, I try to make it real and show the problems they must face after the sudden death of a loved family member.

Training and education are very important for reporters. Media organisations need to arrange more and more training.

Another reality for women journalists in my province is that people here do not accept that we need to work in offices and go outdoors. In their opinion, women are not supposed to go outside and they are still not willing to accept our work identity.

During my 17 years’ experience as a journalist, I have had many male colleagues who have been narrow-minded [about working with women]. They will always criticise – “Oh, you did well but you did not mention this issue in your beeper” or “Oh, your story is not balanced”.

But I always dig out many breaking news stories and act professionally, for example, when visiting Peshawar Central Jail to do stories about Dr Shakil Afridi [the Pakistani physician who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden]. Because I am a woman, often they don’t take me seriously and offer me a cup of tea – but I am confident about being a professional woman and doing this.

It also pains me that nowadays our organisations try to cash in on female journalists, using them to cover issues where the officials and authorities like having women journalists interview them.

In the current situation, the security risks and social pressures are the main problems for me as a female journalist. There is no doubt that males as well as females face many of these challenges in the field of journalism, but they do not hold them back. Each day I am not even sure that I will get home safely, but as a professional, no hurdle is too great.

Nadia Sabohi is an investigative reporter for Geo TV news in Pakistan, and their correspondent in Peshawar and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Amir Liaqat captured the Pakistani TV Channels in Ramadan
Dr. Amir Liaqat Now is performing in TV Commercials. in RAMDAN 2014, Dr. appear in 5 following TVCs.
Dr Amir Liaqat is also conducting the Leading Ramadan Transmission at Express News this Ramdan

a)  TULLO Banaspati

b)  OLX.com.pk

c)  Q Mobile

d)  Qarshi Jam-e-Shereen

e)  Surf Excel

 

Senate body approves amendment in Right to Information Bill 2013

The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage on Tuesday approved the Right to Information Bill 2013 with proposed amendments.

Senator Farhatullah Babar told the committee that the Upper House has already passed Right to Information Bill 2013 but the government has proposed amendments. After finalisation of discussion of amendments the bill was again referred to both the Houses for approval. He objected that the government’s proposal to pass this bill and not notify its implementation whenever it wished. He apprehended that the government will implement this bill in the last year of its tenure and will demand votes from the general public on this bill’s basis.

right-to-informationFederal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid asked the committee to give a time frame for its implementation or to remove this clause totally. The minister said the main purpose of the delay for notification of the law is due to the establishment of proper infrastructure including purchase of a photocopier and other necessary equipments like offices and furniture etc. “We have no intention to implement this law in the fifth year of our tenure”, he clarified on which the committee rejected this point and vowed to implement the law when it was passed by both the houses.

The committee also suggested and approved amendments in the definition of Public Body. The names of Parliament and SC but it could not specify the NGOs that obtained funding from the government or other form of facilitation. The committee said that those NGOs who were directly or indirectly receiving funds or received in the past, any tax concession or given property or any other benefit was to be included in this law.

The committee also discussed in detail the Information Council and nomination of commissioners. The three commissioners will be appointed on a specific criterion. The first commissioner, the committee removed the words “only retired judge” and broadened the scope to include as “any retired civil servants of BPS 21/22”, persons that qualified as SC/HC judge. Federal government will appoint the first commissioner under the aforementioned criteria. Senate and NA standing committees on information and broadcasting will select the second and third commissioners. The fourth commissioner will be from a civil society including a media professional. The age limit for these commissioners has been increased from 62 to 65 years.

The committee also suggested forming a committee for removing complaints against these commissioners. A three-member committee suggested two MNAs and one senator, to submit recommendations to the federal government within 30 days after receiving any complaints against any commissioner and the federal government will also make a decision within 15 days.

The meeting was attended by Senator Saeed Ghani, Senator Dr Abdul Qayoom Soomro, Farhatullah Babar, Ms Farah Aqil, Shirala Malik, Daud Khan Achakzai, Zafar Ali Shah and Rubina Khalid.

Daily Times

journalist Anna Politkovskaya
journalist Anna Politkovskaya
journalist Anna Politkovskaya

Justice not yet done… its the view point of Editorial board of Washington Post. this is being uploaded just to project opinion of an other side. THE REUTERS photograph from a Moscow courtroom during the sentencing this week of five men in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya spoke volumes. The defendants were not somber or respectful. Instead they were laughing and smiling after two of them were sentenced to life in prison and the others received long terms for their roles in shooting Ms. Politkovskaya to death in the entrance to her Moscow apartment building on Oct. 7, 2006.

They are laughing, but Russia should not be. Although a court has delivered harsh sentences to the men who carried out the shooting, there has been no progress toward finding out who ordered the killing, as someone surely did. Ms. Politkovskaya was singularly courageous in her journalism and highly critical of President Vladi­mir Putin and the brutality of the war he prosecuted in Chechnya. Someone wanted her intrusive, resolute inquiries to stop. That person still is free and undetected.

Mr. Putin attempted to belittle Ms. Politkovskaya after her death, saying her reporting was “extremely insignificant for political life in Russia.” He was wrong about that; she was as fearless as any reporter of her generation. The sadly incomplete investigation into her murder exposes a profound gap in Mr. Putin’s years in power.

Outwardly and superficially, Russia possesses a system of courts, law enforcement agencies, lawmaking chambers of parliament, prosecutions and trials. But that is not enough. Under Mr. Putin, Russia has not achieved the simple standard of a rule-of-law state: that no one, absolutely no one, not even the president and his Kremlin pals, is above the law.

There was hope when Mr. Putin first took office in 2000 that the former KGB man would fill the vacuum left by outgoing President Boris Yeltsin and bring real change. He promised as much. But the hard truth is that Mr. Putin has led Russia backward. The most egregious cases of abuse — the prosecution of oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the death in prison of whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, the pursuit of the Bolotnaya demonstrators — came on Mr. Putin’s watch as president or prime minister. He presides over a state in which unchecked power is wielded arbitrarily and from the top. Those with protection go unmolested. Those who dare challenge Mr. Putin or question his policies — such as Ms. Politkovskaya — risk great personal harm.

In the last two decades, Russia has adopted new laws to replace the obsolete and crumbled foundations of the Soviet Union. But the missing element is enforcement. It has been painfully clear that judges in major cases have been instructed what to do and say, that prosecutions and laws can be readily deployed as political weapons and that corruption and coercion are thriving. This is Mr. Putin’s choice, a system as old as Russia itself, and hardly a path to a modern state and society.

Most of all, it is a tragedy for Russia’s people. After centuries of misrule, by czars and commissars, they deserve a chance at true democracy and rule of law. They deserve a country in which Ms. Politkovskaya’s killer will be found and brought to justice.

Anti-media violence in Pakistan?

Reporters Without Borders condemns the appalling climate of intimidation reigning in Pakistan after an attack on provincial newspaper reporter Zafar Aaheer on 31 May and several attacks on newspaper distribution trucks in the past few days.

Aaheer, who reports for the Daily Jang newspaper in Multan, in the eastern province of Punjab, was attacked on his way home by gunmen, who beat him with the butts of their pistols, causing serious injuries.

“The attacks on Aaheer and the newspaper trucks were clearly designed to intimidate media workers and deter them from doing their work,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “Pakistan is already one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists and these constant attacks just reinforces the feeling of danger in which they have to operate.”

The latest attacks have come at a particularly tense moment for the media, which have been the target of a major smear campaign ever since the TV news station Geo News broadcast claims by its leading anchor, Hamid Mir, that the intelligence agencies were behind a shooting attack in which he was badly injured on 19 April.

As the Daily Jang is part of the same media group as Geo News, it is also one of the main targets of the campaign of smears and intimidation. Cable TV operators briefly suspended transmission of Geo TV after receiving threatening letters and in some cases also bullets.

The masked gunmen who attacked Aaheer on 31 May, smashing the window of his car, called him an “agent of the Indians and the Jews” and said: “You have escaped earlier and now you can’t.” A threatening letter sent to Daily Jang employees on 5 May urged them to leave this “traitor” media group and demanded the closure of its Peshawar offices.

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One of the most recent attacks on newspaper distribution trucks was in Rawalpindi on 30 May, when a dozen unidentified individuals armed with pistols and Kalashnikovs intercepted a truck with copies of The News bound for Islamabad.

They told the driver to get out if he wanted to save his life. When he refused to move, they opened fire without hitting the truck and then soaked it with kerosene and set it on fire. Similar methods were used in an attack on a truck carrying hundreds of copies of the Daily Jang and The News on 25 May.

The driver of a satellite news-gathering van was attacked and tortured by three individuals on 23 May before managing to escape. They doused the vehicle with gasoline but, before they could set it on fire, police arrived and they fled shouting death threats.

A similar attack was reported on a truck carrying thousands of copies of the Jang newspaper in Karachi. The driver was not hurt.

These attacks have forced the targeted newspapers to reprint many thousands of copies.

In response to the constant threats and harassment, the lead story on Geo News and in Jang on 26 May was an apology to the intelligence agencies for their coverage of the shooting attack on Hamid Mir, which they described as “excessive, distressful and emotional.”

Pakistan is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

Reporter Without Border

Licensed goes off hence the unlicensed religious channels on

Media Commission report launched…Says electronic media faces vacuum; speakers say those celebrating damage to Jang Group can also face the same; journalists being deprived of their livelihood; citizens enjoy media rights; more professionalism, strengthened institutional framework required

According to Media Blinks; The launching of a report prepared by the Media Commission appointed by the Supreme Court on reforms in media sector was held on Tuesday at a local hotel.

media report launchedFormer federal information minister Javed Jabbar and notable personalities including IA Rehman, Dr Mughees-ud-Din Sheikh, Dr Nosheena Saleem, Yasmeen Aftab, Salman Abid and Sidra Saeed participated in the programme.

Jabbar – a member of the Media Commission – said it was a cause of serious concern that the religious TV channels operating without licence were functional but those with licences were being shut.

He strongly criticised blacking out the Geo TV Network transmission by using the cable operators and described the attacks on the Jang Group vehicles as shameless acts. He said those celebrating the damage being done to Geo/Jang Group must not forget that they could also face the same treatment.

Jabbar also said that the ongoing crisis and infighting between different media houses had weakened media.

Talking about the report, he said the commission’s formation in January 2013 was based on the nine terms of reference (ToRs) given by Supreme Court. The commission worked in two parts. The first comprised recommendations related to the media’s role in elections while the second covered comprehensive reforms required in the institutional aspects of media.

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He said these needed collective action by the Parliament, media, advertisers, regulatory bodies, civil society and all other stakeholders. Citizens’ feedback based on the recommendations was tabulated and included in the publication.

While talking about the recommendations, Jabbar mentioned that the electronic media faced a vacuum in authentic public service broadcasting. The role of advertisers in the media sector was highly negative while influencing its quality. The media owners must understand that citizens also had their media rights, he added.

According to Jabbar, news bulletins with film songs, jokes are getting worse. In the name of ‘infotainment’, the sanctity of news has been breached in the Pakistani media. There is also a need that each media house should have its own ombudsperson.

For reform in the legislative aspects of media it is recommended by the commission that a “media law review task force” be formed. The self-regulation of media is also important to be considered, for which a law is required to define self-regulation.

Jabbar mentioned that the responsibility of implementing the recommendations collectively rested on the government, Parliament, civil society, advertisers and any other regulatory and related body.

Sidra Saeed said it was in the interest of media to be more professional and independent. In the context of further consolidating democracy, the focus should lie on strengthening the institutional framework for media policy.

IA Rehman said the role of state was already explicit and the media regulatory body was already under the influence of such state-driven institutions. However, he said, the report was a starting point to initiate a discourse on free and fair media.

He described the present crisis as the worst period for journalism and said attempts were being made to deprive the journalists of their livelihood. They were being deprived of their rights, as media was facing curbs.

He questioned how the religious channels were being run without any advertisements.

He said for monitoring purposes, media and legal institutional mechanisms should be independent and strengthened.

Dr Mughees emphasised the role of state and government institutions to monitor the media institutions and their content to ensure transparency, both at internal and external level. He also said there was a need for a communication policy and to link it with cultural policy. The role of media organisation was more responsible and accountable for internal media incidents.

Yasmeen Aftab appreciated the recommendations and said Pakistani media had a glorious history. The media-based laws had opened the door to better regulations. But there were no regulatory mechanisms to regulate the media laws and as a result of which quality of work had been affected creating a lot of resentment among the viewers.

According to Yasmeen, most of the media owners follow a business-based approach. Collective response to the recommendations is the need of the hour.

Dr Nosheena Salim highlighted the importance of recommendation with respect to media freedom, safety of journalists and freedom of expression. She said the responsibility rested with media sector and government to adopt the recommendations.

Salman Abid in the light of these recommendations called for a national debate on the reforms and said the discourse should continue towards more transparent democratic practices. He also emphasised that media literacy should be promoted to make people understand freedom of expression and the concept of a just society.

BBC Radio Explorer, New way to listen to radio

The service is the result of “10% time”, a loose concept that allows the BBC’s software engineers time to develop and play about with things. Unusually, this one is visible to the public, if you know where to look. But, with a quiet announcement on Twitter and no press release, you’ll be forgiven to not know it exists. That’s by design: since it’s not finished: every page tells us it’s “work-in-progress”.

BBC Radio Explorer is a relatively simple idea. Type something that you’re interested in, and the service plays you clips and programmes that it thinks you’ll like: one after the other. It’s a different way to listen to the BBC’s speech radio output, and it should unearth a lot of interesting programming from the BBC.

bbc-explorerTechnically, it’s nicely done: type a topic, and it instantly starts playing some audio. The BBC’s invested some time in clipping some of their programmes into small chunks, and typically you’ll get a little bit of the Today programme, or BBC Radio 5 live’s breakfast show, as well as longer-form programmes. You can skip forward and back to different clips, and a quite clever progress bar shows you images of what’s coming up, while the current programme slowly disappears. It’s a responsive site, and apparently works well on iOS devices too, though Android support is lacking.

“The BBC has quietly released a prototype service called BBC Radio Explorer

The BBC Radio Explorer should be more powerful than these two, since you can dive deep into the BBC’s archive of programming based on a topic you enter. This is both a benefit and a drawback, since you quickly suffer from ‘search blindness’: not quite knowing what to type in order to find programmes you might be interested in.

Perhaps most importantly, it highlights a few fundemental problems in the BBC’s systems.

First, there’s of a lack of context in the BBC’s /programmes billing data. A search for audio about “Android”, the mobile phone operating system, starts with a piece from the Today programme about Marvin the Paranoid Android, the character from Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. An on-topic piece from 5 live follows, then a 45-minute programme about the arts, which – according to the programme billing – has a short piece in it about an Ayckbourn play which features an android. It’s clear that the underlying data isn’t able to differentiate between Android and an android.

A few more tests highlight this issue: “Australia” gives me a Test Match commentary from July last year; then a World Cup guide to the Spanish football team (who play Australia in Group B); DJ Carl Cox, who’s moved to Australia but discusses his love for vinyl records; the hunt for MH370 (a piece recorded before Australia started their search effort – this is merely someone who lives in Australia being interviewed); and then finally a interesting story about euthanasia in Australia.

This is, of course, fixable: but not easily. Programme billings are not done by the BBC but by Red Bee Media (or whatever they’re called these days); and one would assume that the addition of proper, semantic, topic metadata is not an easy change for anyone to get through any contract. Alternatively, /programmes might allow users to submit tags for approval – using the same kind of topic interface as a search on Freebase does. Very few people will: but that’s the point.

Second, as this experience shows, the BBC’s output is still too long-form for this to work properly. Unlike NPR’s Infinite Player, it’s hard to find much short content in the Explorer – it seems that only a few programmes, like Today and 5 Live Breakfast, have been ‘clipped’, and the rest of the output is only available in long-form content. For magazine programmes like You & Yours, Front Row, and others, this appears a wasted opportunity.

And third, the automated way that iPlayer records programmes from radio means we frequently dive into programmes in the middle of the trail that preceded it, or even the news. This could be a slick-sounding service, but unfortunately isn’t. (It’s simple to fix, but requires a human being – just one – to do the boring work of topping/tailing programmes). There is also an issue of differing sound levels in some of the selections.

So, this is a great experiment, and a great prototype. Full marks to the BBC for allowing this to be developed and for letting us have a play with it – it’s a brave and clever move to let something relatively unfinished to be available to fiddle with.

Who will save journalist, Who will teach Media?

Media Ethics and Blame Game

Who will save journalist, Who will teach Media?
Who will save journalist, Who will teach Media?

Pakistan is not safe for Journalist and Journalism, No one will deny. Law Enforcement agencies and institutions are under attack, I am Agree. But Role of Media is not set yet in a proper canvas. So let me say that Media is not mature, Newspapers are playing a role with responsibility in Hot situations but Media like TV Channels in Pakistan are not so much on right direction…
As for a Pakistani anchor and host  it is difficult to air the name of India with the name of any person belongs to India or when Pakistan Media talks about India it mostly use the word Neighbor country  (Parosi Mulk). This same situation is for A tv channel if the Anchor is talking about Other TV channel He / She will feel hesitation to name it. They are use to take name as Private TV Channel (Nijj TV Chanel).
Now in recent attack on Hamid Mir, the senior journalist in Pakistan our so called media specially some News channels was not reporting this issue as they have to report. For this all no doubt Media Owners do not want to use the name of other channel and other anchor….
Journalism and Media Ethics are also good tools for Business but Journalism is not only for to earn TRP, Ratings and Earnings.  On the issue of Hmaid Mir some anchors are busy to prove this a shit game, and some are busy to prove that This attack is a planned attack by own. And anchors who are not able to say this all clearly on tv programs, they are utilizing social media for this purpose.
Another part of this whole scenario is that the name of an intelligence Agency ISI and its chief is in news that the agency and chief is responsible for this attack. It is very early to name any Responsible person or including responsible National Agency without any evidences.
Well, After this situation when the name of ISI was taken frequently on Media / News then ISPR ( Inter Services Public Relations ) released a Press Release


Press Release

No PR82/2014-ISPR Dated: April 19, 2014
Rawalpindi – April 19, 2014: A Spokesman of ISPR condemned the incident of firing on senior anchor Hamid Mir, prayed for his well being and quick recovery. The spokesman said that an independent inquiry must immediately be carried out to ascertain facts. However raising allegations against ISI or head of ISI without any basis is highly regrettable and misleading, said spokesman of ISPR.

No Doubt that Hmid Mir is senior and good Journalist who also highlighted several sensitive issues like Baluchistan issue, Sindh Issue, Militants issues but after all Hamid Mir is also that journalist which was under observation and his telephone calls was also recorded, To be a journalist is not certificate to not do any thing wrong. But it does not mean that a responsible organization took a step in shape of Attack on Journalist. Pakistan’s Army is already under attacks and Pakistan is facing a hard situation this time.

On the other side, After the attack on Hmaid Mir some TV channels and Media houses reported this issue on priority but some TV channels including ARY ( ARY News and Geo News are already on War Situation with each other) did not treat this lead story as a Lead.  but reported this story which is as under

Senior anchorperson of ARY News, Mubashir Lucman first of all condemned the attack on Hamid Mir, yet he referred to the alleging of ISI to be behind the attack as a premature act. He stated that initiating a propaganda against prestigious institutions of the state, without the initial investigations of the event being done, is entirely unjustified.

Lucman said that maligning the state institutions cannot be justified, despite of all the emotions and grievances in the wake of the attack on Hamid Mir. He urged for an investigation of the attack on Hamid Mir, as well as the motives and factors behind framing of accusations on ISI.

Meanwhile, senior analyst, Haroon ur Rasheed in his exclusive word with ARY News, has also condemned the cowardly attack on Hamid Mir, as well as, the allegations of Amir Mir against the ISI.

Haroon claimed that the ISI Chief, Lieutenant General, Zaheer ul Islam was at a relative’s place, where he received this news and was aggrieved to hear baseless and such serious allegations against him.

Earlier, the brother of Hamid Mir, Amir Mir alleged the ISI to be behind the attack on his brother. He told that Hamid Mir had given a statement in written to his family, friends, management of Geo TV and other closed ones, highlighting ISI’s role in a possible attack on him.

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Reham Khan began presenting for Sunshine Radio Hereford and Worcester.

Reham Khan at top position in accuracy

Reham Khan is considered the best anchor among Pakistani news anchor. Reham is a Pakistani journalist and host of talk shows. She presents her reports on AAJ TV. Anchor Reham was born April 4, 1971 (Age 42).  She is the top of the list of all anchors She is good at accuracy. The second person of this list is Jasmeen Manzoor she works for Abb Takk and she used to work on Samaa TV. Later began presenting for Sunshine Radio Hereford and Worcester.
he third anchor of the list for perfect accuracy is Moeed Pirzada. The other anchors who are good at accuracy are Hamid Mir on Geo TV and Asma Chaudhry on Capital TV. But Reham Khan is the best anchor among them.

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Reham Khan began presenting for Sunshine Radio Hereford and Worcester.

Reham is a British Pakistani anchor she has got a lot of fans. Her fans like the way she hosts the program. Her accuracy of the report is extremely liked by her fan that is why she considered being the best host. Her program “Aaj with Reham” is the most famous program. This program is famous due to her good hosting.

Adnan Rehmat has been associated with the Pakistani media and development sectors since 1990,

Reporting Under Threat – A Book by Adnan Rehmat

Media analyst and media development expert Adnan Rehmat has launched his book ‘Reporting Under Threat’ testimonies of courage in the face of impunity by Pakistani journalists.

At the launch Wednesday (March 19 2014) were the Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Board Director Katy Marton, Senior journalists,  and international media support organizations.

Adnan Rehmat has been associated with the Pakistani media and development sectors since 1990,
Adnan Rehmat has been associated with the Pakistani media and development sectors since 1990,

Freedom Network, Pakistan’s first media-watchdog organization monitoring violations of media freedoms, welcomes the publication of “Reporting Under Threat” and considers it the first ever systematic documentation of the evidence on impunity against journalists in the country. By speaking out and speaking about the threats they face, FN said, the brave Pakistani journalists are directly contributing to the efforts of stakeholders, including the Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety (PCOMS) to combat impunity against media in the country.

Adnan Rehmat, author of the book, published with support of Open Society Foundation, has agreed to allow Freedom Network to serialize the book and its component stories of 57 journalists on its website.

He said that also revealed from the stories was the broad spectrum of actors that bring terror to journalists’ lives: the government, political parties, security forces, intelligence agencies, militants, terrorists, religious leaders, feudal landlords, businessmen, even civil society organizations – they figure in the hall of shame of actors tormenting Pakistani journalists.

“Adnan Rehmat is director of media development at Civic Action Resources. With a background in journalism, he is a media development specialist focusing on advocacy, research and training. For the past decade he has been working, among other things, with media sector actors — from industry associations of owners, editors and journalists to political parties, governments and international actors — on developing and promoting policies and practices of professional journalism that reduce risks to the media and its practitioners and building alliances on combating impunity against media”.