Top media bosses to appear in SC

Published: October 17, 2010
Govt forms body to determine people 
responsible for spreading disinformation

Govt forms body to determine people responsible for spreading disinformation

ISLAMABAD: Top officials of three mainstream electronic media organisations, along with the chairman of the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and the attorney-general will appear before the Supreme Court tomorrow (Monday) in connection with the news aired on Friday suggesting that the government was considering withdrawing the March 16, 2009, notification on the judges’ restoration.

According to the final cause list published on the Supreme Court’s website, the 17-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, would resume the hearing of a civil miscellaneous application about the media reports.

At the previous hearing on Friday, the apex court directed the prime minister to conduct an inquiry and determine how the news reports spread in the media through appropriate responsible functionaries.

While adjourning the case, the Supreme Court directed the attorney-general to produce the inquiry report before the bench.

Following the apex court’s orders, the prime minister constituted on Saturday the inquiry committee to conduct the investigation.

Office order released by the minister of information and broadcasting to media said: “In pursuance of para 8(ii) of the Supreme Court’s order dated 15.10.2010 in C.P. No.9 of 2009 (CMA No.2981 of 2010) pertaining to spreading of news by print and electronic media alleging that the government is considering to withdraw notification/executive order dated 16.3.2009 pertaining to the restoration of Chief Justice and other Judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices and judges of high courts, the competent authority has constituted a committee.”

The committee will work under president of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society Hameed Haroon. Other members of the committee are:  Secretary-General of Pakistan Broadcasters Association Muhammad Aslam Kazi, president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Pervez Shaukat, joint secretary of the interior ministry Najibullah Khan and the executive member of Pemra Dr Abdul Jabbar. The director general (IP) of the Information and Broadcasting Minister Mohammad Azam will be the committee’s secretary.

The committee will also determine people responsible for spreading such disinformation/false news, which has created panic, sensation and anguish across the country. The committee will also suggest ways and measures to avoid the recurrence of such incidents in future.

The committee will hold its meetings in Pemra’s regional office in Karachi.

The Pemra chairman and the principal information officer of the press information department will provide all available records required by the inquiry committee.

The committee will submit its report to the prime minister by October 18 (Monday). The report will be produced before the Supreme Court on the same date.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • ArifQ
    Oct 17, 2010 - 11:38AM

    Who will investigate the Judges for their irresponsible behavior? Last time I checked, judges were supposed to act on evidence not heresay. Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Oct 17, 2010 - 12:09PM

    This is a new episode in the old and raw naked power struggle between Parliment and Judiciary. This is a war between the elected representatives of the people and those nominated by the powerful lobby of the country. This is a war between chamber and the peoples will. Recommend

  • hopeless
    Oct 17, 2010 - 12:25PM

    Our brave and honest media has not disclosed the names of the three channels and their bosses, how honest!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • A Kaleem
    Oct 17, 2010 - 1:39PM

    Fun time in Pakistan. Next time somebody reports that the PM INTENDS to steal a judge’s dog, the poor fellow will be hauled up before the court (the PM and not the dog). Recommend

  • Unknown
    Oct 17, 2010 - 2:35PM

    Express, ARY and nonetheless GEO GroupRecommend

  • Oct 17, 2010 - 5:37PM

    Who is responsible for
    i am looking around
    but there is nothing
    perhaps has disappeared
    in the corridors of……………………………………………………………………………..palace.Recommend

  • nasir
    Oct 17, 2010 - 8:49PM

    media is creating havoc in pakistan. media need crisis every week to survive.there are so many tv channels in pakistan and its costly business,if things are normal and routine then nobody will watch tv news and talk will creat crisis all the time to get viewers and advertisment otherwise they will go bankcrupt. tv anchors are getting million rupees salary a month so the owners expect them to generate alot of revenu and advertisment.if there is calm and peace in the country anchors will not be able to get viewership and sponsorship.people will watch tv talk shows and news when there is crisis in country.its a acrisis-driven media.

  • romm
    Oct 18, 2010 - 4:33AM

    independent Media will prove to be Last Nail in Pakistan’s Coffin.Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Oct 18, 2010 - 9:16AM

    Media must not accept judiciay’s dictatorship. Media is the voice of the nation; those trying to stifle it should be put to strictest accountability.Recommend

  • Jeddy
    Oct 18, 2010 - 9:23AM

    Were not judges responsible for ruling that love marriages are illegal and only the father of the woman can decide whom she can marry?Recommend

  • Aristo
    Oct 18, 2010 - 1:20PM

    People of Pakistan are obsessed with news channels, the remote is in their hands and they are free to switch to other channels: entertainment, sports and other informative/educational channels. The news media is playing to the gallery, our people demand chaotic news and they are supplying it in plenty.


    Want to get rid of it, stop watching news channels only. Think critically, the day we stop watching them or minimize it, from the very next day, they will switch to some other form of media that the viewer will demand.

    Please realize the power of the consumer or the viewer in this particular case.Recommend

  • aNu
    Oct 18, 2010 - 1:47PM

    Our media require some to grow up Recommend

  • Ali Muhammad
    Oct 19, 2010 - 10:21AM

    Jang publishes jokes in Headlines, what a Shame….Jang headlineRecommend

  • Oct 19, 2010 - 1:52PM

    the media should responsible .and if the GOVT is right they should to find out that peoples who are behind these types of news Recommend

  • romm
    Oct 19, 2010 - 11:09PM

    I think it’s CJ who is behind all this. There could be split among bench on verdict of 18th amendment ruling. Now there will be Unanimous decision. Asma Jehangir could win, now she will not because vulnerability of Judiciary means lawyers will Fear losing the status which they attained because of Status marriage with Judiciary. Anyhow CJ played on front foot and hit sixer on pitch which for him seemed uneven .Recommend

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