PEMRA orders to restore broadcast of TV channels

PEMRA orders to restore broadcast of TV channels

Islamabad (Agencies): Government has directed Pakistan Electronic Regulatory Media Authority (PEMRA) on Sunday to restore broadcast of all television channels which was suspended on Saturday after law enforcement agencies launched operation to disperse protesters who had camped out at Islamabad's Faizabad Interchange for nearly three weeks.

The decision was taken under Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.

“The live coverage of any security operation is prohibited, therefore all Satellite TV channels licenses are directed to exhibit utmost sensitivity over the matter and comply with Clause 8(8) of Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015, in letter and spirit and refrain from live coverage of the ongoing operation at Faizabad, Islamabad,” said a notification issued PEMRA on Saturday.

 Section 27 of the PEMRA Act “prohibits broadcasting or re-broadcasting any programme which is likely to create hatred amongst the people or prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order or is likely to disturb public peace”.

Clause 3 of the Electronic Media Code of Conduct, adds, “obligates that the licencee shall ensure that no content is aired which is likely to incite, aid, abet, glamorise or justify violence, commission of any crime, terror or leads to serious public disorder besides being known to false and defamatory.”