Pemra is­sues no­tice to TV chan­nel

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—The Pak­istan Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity on Sun­day is­sued a show-cause to a pri­vate tele­vi­sion chan­nel for air­ing a ver­bal brawl be­tween Jamiat Ulema-i-Is­lam-F leader Hafiz Ham­dul­lah and women rights ac­tivist Marvi Sirmed.

The me­dia watchdog said the chan­nel could face a fine of Rs1 mil­lion or get the talk-show sus­pended if it fails to de­fend its de­ci­sion to air the pro­gram.

The PEMRA said not only did host of the show have no con­trol to prevent the guests from in­dulging in heated ar­gu­ment, but it ap­peared the threats and in­sults were de­lib­er­ately al­lowed to con­tinue to the ex­tent that might have led Hafiz Ham­dul­lah to at­tack the fe­male an­a­lyst had the other guest not in­ter­vened. “It is clearly no­tice­able from the clip­ping of the pro­gram that this was done at the ex­pense of dig­nity of guests, which is against jour­nal­is­tic ethics,” The PEMRA fur­ther noted that the pro­gram was recorded rather than live, which fur­ther strengthen the im­pres­sion that the ex­change was de­lib­er­ately aired with the sole pur­pose of caus­ing provo­ca­tion and dis­or­der.

“Caus­ing dis­cord and ri­ots through trough TV pro­grams is a fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of Supreme Court about which the PEMRA has al­ready is­sued a fi­nal warn­ing to TV chan­nels on May, 28, 2016. The reg­u­la­tory body said it re­ceived com­plaints from se­nior jour­nal­ists, women and men, cr­ti­cis­ing News One TV and call­ing for strict ac­tion.

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