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Pemra issues notices, advice to three news channels

By Our Correspondent
April 26, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Wednesday issued show cause notices and an advice to three news channels.

A show cause notice has been issued to a channel for maligning the credibility and passing derogatory remarks against the judiciary in its programme “Do Rai” aired on 21-04-2018, says a Pemra statement.

Similarly, another show cause notice has been issued to a channel for airing foul language and abusive comments in its programme “Point of View with Dr Danish”, wherein, one of the participants Faisal Vawda used abusive and derogatory words against one of the participants of the programme.

Pemra has directed both the channels to reply in writing as well as appear for personal hearing by May 2, 2018. In case of failure in submitting reply within stipulated time and non-appearance for personal hearing, the Authority shall have the right to initiate ex-parte proceedings against the channels.

Moreover, an advice has been also issued to a channel to refrain from airing anti-judiciary content as violation in this regard has been observed during programme titled “DNA” on 18-04-2018 wherein anti-judiciary slogans chanted by the mob were aired.

Likewise, an advice was issued to a channel for airing anti-judiciary remarks in its news bulletin on 20-04-2018. “Both the channels are, therefore, advised to ‘tighten up’ their editorial control and deploy time-delay mechanism in order to avoid any undesirable comments and remarks on their respective channels,” the statement said. Any violation in the matter is liable to strict legal action under Section 29 and 30 of Pemra Ordinance 2002 as amended by Pemra (Amendment) Act 2007, it said.