Published On: Tue, May 17th, 2022
Published in Category: Islamabad

PEMRA warns of airing content against state institutions

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Islamabad: PEMRA while issuing a directive warned all satellite TV channels (News & Current Affairs/Regional) to refrain from telecasting content against state institutions i.e. Judiciary and Armed Forces while airing their talk shows, news bulletins and live coverage of public gatherings.

Moreover, licensees have been sensitized of the fact that ridiculing state institutions especially Judiciary &Armed Forces is against PEMRA laws and various judgements of the Superior Courts.

In the past, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has repeatedly urged its licensees to follow PEMRA laws and court orders in letter and spirit and refrain from airing slanderous campaign / content against any state institution, as airing of such content, prima facie is deemed as propaganda.

PEMRA has also directed all satellite TV channels to ensure installation of an effective delay mechanism in their transmission especially while covering public gatherings, rallies and constitute an independent editorial board in compliance of Electronic Media (Advertising and Programmes) Code of Conduct 2015 as well as orders of Superior Courts. The Authority further warned the satellite channels to remain vigilant and stop airing malicious, obnoxious or derogatory material through their platform against any state institution including Judiciary and the Armed Forces.

The Authority has also warned the channels that in case of any intentional / unintentional violation committed, PEMRA law shall be invoked, leading to prohibition of programmes / talk shows under Section 27 without any notice, imposition of fine upto Rupees One Million under section 29, suspension / revocation/ cancellation of license/ closure of transmission under Section 30 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 Amended PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007.