Pemra again warns TV channels of repercussions if content against military, judiciary goes on air – Pakistan

Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority warned on Monday TV channels not to broadcast content that mocks state agencies, particularly the judiciary and the military.

Pemra issued a similar warning a week ago, warning civilian electronic media not to broadcast content about the military and the judiciary.

Recurring today, regulators have noted that news channels have paid attention to the airing of “negative, abusive and hateful material” about state agencies during live television programs, talk shows and various public gatherings.

Pemra said she has already urged TV channels to follow guidelines and court guidelines on the matter. “[However,] “The channel has been broadcasting very disturbing material for the past few weeks, which is an insult to and propaganda about state institutions.”

“Besides, all satellite TV channels have effective time delays in place and have an impartial and independent editorial board. No mention of state agencies in any way.”

In accordance with the Code of Conduct 2015, Media Watch has directed all satellite TV channels to be more vigilant while dealing with public meetings, rallies and electronic media (advertisements and programming).

“All channels finally warn you that in the event of intentional or unintentional error in this regard, Section-27 of the Pemra Ordinance 2002 and Pemra (Amendment) Act 2007 will come into effect and the talk show/program will be suspended without notice.”

Regulators have also warned that disregard of the Pemra orders could result in disruption of transmissions, fines of up to 1 million rupees, and revocation of channel licenses.

The Army also recently made a “strong exception” to “hardened and deliberate attempts” to get his name into the ongoing political discourse by “some political leaders, journalists and analysts.”

The military’s media wing is an attempt to engage the military and senior leadership in political discourse “in public forums and social media” by some political leaders, a small number of journalists and analysts.