Category : television

Ukraine: Tax police raid TV station before election

Ukraine’s tax police raided the office of television station TVi yesterday, accusing the often critical outlet of tax evasion. TVi interrupted its usual programming to show tax inspectors going through financial documents in its Kiev office. The State Tax Service said it had launched a criminal case against TVi’s chief executive, Mykola Knyazhitsky, after finding out […]

Pakistan: Television station attacked

The Karachi offices of Pakistani television station Aaj news and English-language daily Business Recorder were attacked on 25 June. Four men reportedly attacked the offices, opening fire inside of the building and injuring two employees. A spokesman for the militant Islamic group Tehrik-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was out of the group’s anger […]

Syrian pro-government TV station bombed

The Damascus headquarters of pro-government Syrian station Al-Ikhbariya were attacked yesterday. Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi told state television that the station’s offices were bombed, killing four security guards and three journalists.  He also said that equipment was stolen from the station.

Balochistan: Urdu-language TV stations suspended

Urdu-language television stations available via cable were suspended in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan province on Wednesday, after the Cable Operators Association received threats from nationalist groups. Babark Khan, president of the Balochistan Cable Operators Association, told the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) that he received a threatening letter in writing from the Baloch Student Organisation on 31 […]

Ukraine: TV journalists protest channel closures

Ukranian journalists have gathered in Kharkiv to protest the closure of local television channels. The protesters, who gathered at the Mayor’s office on Monday, taped their mouths closed and brought a symbolic coffin which they said was filled with reports that were not aired as a result of the closures.  The protesters believe that Kharkiv Mayor […]

China tightens television censorship

Hunan Broadcasting System, one of China’s largest television networks, has told the Financial Times it will reduce entertainment content and revamp its programming to comply with new government broadcasting standards. The network has outposts in Hong Kong and North America and is known for airing Super Girl, a version of UK’s Pop Idol.

Iran jams BBC Persian Television

Iran has jammed the BBC’s Persian Television service following its coverage of political unrest in Egypt. The electronic signal jamming satellites carrying the BBC signal has been traced back to Iran. BBC Persia has being carrying extensive rolling coverage of the Egyptian protests. The channel has suffered from intermittent attempts to interfer with it signal […]

Sex, divorce, censorship and the church

Ana Arana finds out how the producers of Mexican telenovelas sidestep government and Church outrage

Egypt: Media crackdown continues

Egyptian authorities have continued their pre-election crackdown on the independent media. Most recently private production companies that provide live broadcast services to independent television stations have had their licences revoked. It is reported that they will have to broadcast directly from studios affiliated with the state in order to receive new licences. The move follows […]

New Zealand: TV presenter resigns over race row

A breakfast show anchor for Television New Zealand has resigned after being accused of racist behaviour. Paul Henry was shown laughing at the mispronunciation of the name of the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, which should sound more like “Dixit” in English. The Indian government lodged a formal complaint, calling the presenter’s comments “racist and […]

Egypt: TV programmes censored during Ramadan

The television censorship committee in Egypt has decided to delete scenes deemed inappropriate from television dramas such as Al Aar and Al Haijah Zahra that will be aired during the month of Ramadan. Scenes considered inappropriate include those that have sexual connotations and that talk about drugs and secret marriage.

Iran’s satellite silence

Irena Maryniak talks to Sadeq Saba, head of BBC Persian service, about the channel's future, signal jamming and impartiality