No re-en­act­ment of crime shows from Ist Ra­mazan

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Pak­istan Elec­tronic Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (PEMRA) Fri­day de­cided to ban re-en­act­ment of crime shows, raids vi­o­lat­ing pri­vacy of the peo­ple, tele­cast names of rape vic­tims on elec­tronic me­dia from first of Ra­mazan.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence here, Chair­man PEMRA, Ab­sar Alam said that the Au­thor­ity had been re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from the view­ers about tele­cast of mur­der/rob­bery/sui­cide in­ci­dents es­pe­cially re-en­act­ments of such crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grammes de­pict­ing vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights granted in the Con­sti­tu­tion.

He said that PEMRA Au­thor­ity had given the pow­ers to its chair­man to sus­pend li­cences of those chan­nels, which made such vi­o­la­tions af­ter the ad­vent of Ra­mazan. “Nei­ther the news and cur­rent af­fairs chan­nels nor the en­ter­tain­ment chan­nels would be al­lowed to tele­cast re-en­act­ment or drama scenes of such crimes as law en­force­ment agen­cies have re­ported that count­less youth, in­volved in crimes, have dis­closed that they learned the meth­ods of crime from TV screen”, the Chair­man said.

He also said that Pun­jab Assem­bly through a res­o­lu­tion, Is­lam­abad High Court through its ver­dict and Na­tional Assem­bly and se­nate stand­ing com­mit­tees have also ad­vised the Au­thor­ity to take stern ac­tion against such vi­o­la­tions.

He said that in fu­ture there would also be a ban on re­veal­ing the name and tele­cast footage of a rape vic­tim and air­ing of in­ter­views of her rel­a­tives.

Ab­sar Alam said that pro­pri­etors of satel­lite chan­nels have been re­minded time and again about such vi­ola-tions but un­for­tu­nately they paid no heed. He said that the Au­thor­ity af­ter thor­ough de­lib­er­a­tions on the is­sue in var­i­ous meet­ings de­cided to take stern ac­tio against such vi­o­la­tors im­pose ban on such pro­grammes.

He clar­i­fied that this ban would not af­fect in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing within the am­bit of con­sti­tu­tion, jour­nal­is­tic ethics and terms of con­di­tions in this re­gard would be no­ti­fied very soon. He clar­i­fied that this ban would not af­fect the free­dom of ex­pres­sion granted in Ar­ti­cle 19 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

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