The media watchdog in Pakistan – PEMRA – has recently been active and has taken its work quit seriously.
The Pakistan electronic media regulatory authority has imposed bans and restrictions on a number of media channels since the last few months. The fines escalated during the holy month of Ramadan due to the band of game shows and transmissions going on.
Bol News, which has been part of a number of and come to spotlight for a number of controversies has now received yet another show-cause notice by PEMRA to the programme, ‘Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga’ by Aamir Liaquat.
The reason for this notice being for airing Sadiq Taqvis controversial comments regarding a serving officer of the Armed officer by the name and exposing the identity of an officer posted in a war zone. This move was in direct violation of PEMRA’s code of conduct, National Action Plan as well as operation Radd-ul-Fasad.
Attached below the Complete Notice Issued to BOL News by PEMRA
The said programme was aired on June 27, 2017 and the same show also broadcasted false allegations by Hassan Zaffar Naqvi on PEMRA. The regulatory authority has clearly mentioned that these comments fall under hate speech and inciting hatred and violence against the Armed Forces of the country.
Now, Bol News has been asked to respond to PEMRA’s notice within 7 days and the CEO is required to appear for a personal hearing in court. Failure to do so will cause PEMRA to begin ex-parte proceedings.