Pemra warns TV channels from airing content that ‘casts aspersions’ against army, judiciary – Pakistan

Pakistan’s electronic media regulator ordered and warned on Monday that civilian electronic media do not broadcast content about the military and judiciary.

The guidance states that “it has been observed that some satellite TV channels broadcast content such as defamatory of state agencies, namely the military and the judiciary,” and that broadcasting such content rule.

According to the watchdog’s instructions, freedom of speech and expression is a fundamental right, but in relation to Islam, Pakistan’s integrity, security or defense, friendly relations with foreign countries, public order, decency or morals, or contempt of courts or incitement to crime.

The Directive requires that, under applicable Pemra laws and regulations, any company licensed by the authorities must appoint an in-house monitoring committee to ensure compliance and compliance with the program and advertising codes.

The content of programs and advertisements broadcast or distributed by broadcast media or distribution service operators must also comply with applicable laws and regulations described in the guidelines.

“Licenseers must ensure that content that contains defamation against Pakistan’s judiciary or military is not broadcast,” the guidelines said.

In addition, Licensor must ensure that programs on sub-judicial matters must be “objective” in an “informed manner” and not broadcast content that could influence the decisions of judicial forums.

“Besides, all satellite TV channels have effective time-delay devices in place and have fair and independent editorial boards set up. Speak to state institutions in any way,” Pemra ordered.

If not, it warned that in case of violation, legal action will be taken in accordance with the relevant laws.

It is appropriate to mention the fact that the Federal Investigation Agency was indicted here on Sunday. cheek Anchor Sami Ibrahim has launched an investigation against him, saying he was “implicated in the dissemination of fake news about state institutions.”

“He was accused of blatantly attempting to instigate a rebellion by soldiers. He tried to cause chaos in Pakistan through the media while abroad,” the watchdog said.

According to a press release issued by Inter Services Public Relations, the Army is also a “strong exception” to “intense and deliberate attempts” by “some political leaders, journalists and analysts” to bring their names into ongoing political discourse. applied. On sunday.

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.