Derogatory language against Armed Forces, TV Channel gets notice

Derogatory language against Armed Forces, TV Channel gets notice

*ISLAMABAD:* The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has sent letter of advice to TV Channel for derogatory language against Armed Forces of Pakistan.

PEMRA has ‘taken notice’ of anti-military and anti-judiciary comments made by guests on two different private television channels.

PEMRA sent letters of ‘advice’ to Aab Taak news and Bol News for airing anti-military and anti-judiciary comments. Aab Taak news found itself in trouble over the programme “Tonight with Fareeha” in which one of the guests, Saddique ul Farooq, allegedly passed derogatory remarks against the armed forces of Pakistan.

The other news channel, Bol News, was criticised for their programme “Tajziay Sami Ibrahim kay saath” in which a guest, politician Ch Jaffar Iqbal, made offensive comments regarding the judiciary.

The notification was among two other notifications of ‘advice’ issued by the media regulatory body, one of which had regarding pundit Orya Maqbool Jan’s ‘derogatory remarks’ against Meesha Shafi, and the other about smoking scenes in a television drama aired by Pashto 1.

The notices further state that airing of such content is in direct violation of PEMRA Ordinance 2002, PEMRA Rules 2009 and Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015.

The news channels have also been advised to have more robust editorial oversight and to utilise time-delay mechanism properly, so that abusive and undesirable foul language could be averted during the programmes.