Pemra is­sues show cause no­tice to Geo TV for air­ing ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent’

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - STAFF REPORTER

IS­LAM­ABAD—Pak­istan Elec­tronic Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (Pemra) has is­sued a show cause no­tice to Geo En­ter­tain­ment chan­nel for air­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent in­clud­ing ‘sui­cide scenes’ dur­ing its pro­gramme and has or­dered the chan­nel to ex­plain its po­si­tion be­fore the author­ity on June 21.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pemra no­ti­fi­ca­tion, Geo TV’s an­chor Dr Amir Li­aquat Hus­sain in his June 13 pro­gramme showed scenes ‘of a girl com­mit­ting sui­cide’. The body called for an ex­pla­na­tion from Geo TV and ques­tioned ‘why it should not ban the pro­gramme Inaam Ghar’.

In the no­ti­fi­ca­tion it is said that show­ing sui­cide scenes and drama­tis­ing the act has been com­pletely banned by the author­ity. The me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tion could face a fine of Rs one mil­lion for not abid­ing by the Pemra reg­u­la­tions.

Pemra no­ti­fi­ca­tion reads that dur­ing the said pro­gramme the guest were asked to do in­ap­pro­pri­ate acts and were pro­voked to ex­press anger in Pun­jabi lan­guage, upon which a guest used abu­sive lan­guage which got aired as well.

It was no­ti­fied that due to the un­pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur­ish be­hav­iour of Dr Amir Li­aquat abu­sive words got aired, af­ter which many com­plaints were re­ceived by Pemra. It was fur­ther said that many serv­ing army of­fi­cers have reg­is­tered com­plaints with the author­ity say­ing that Dr Amir Li­aquat has mis­used Pak­istan’s flag and mil­i­tary uni­form in his show’s promo for gain­ing com­mer­cial ben­e­fits.

On Saturday, Pemra sent a no­tice to NewsOne for air­ing a heated ver­bal ex­change – in­clud­ing cen­sored words/ phrases – be­tween JUI-F Se­na­tor Hafiz Ham­dul­lah and fe­male an­a­lyst Marvi Sirmed on June 10.

The body called for, ‘an ex­pla­na­tion de­fend­ing the de­ci­sion to air the ex­change,’ by June 17, or the the news or­gan­i­sa­tion could face a fine of Rs one mil­lion or can­cel­la­tion of the talk show.

‘The threats and in­sults were de­lib­er­ately al­lowed to es­ca­late to the point that Hafiz Ham­dul­lah may have phys­i­cally at­tacked Marvi Sirmed had an­other guest not in­ter­vened,’ said Pemra in its no­tice.

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