Show cause notice issued to two TV Channels for running Fake News against Finance Minister Asad Umar
ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued show-cause notice to two TV Channels for running Fake News against Finance Minister Asad Umar.
Show cause notice were issued to *ARY News* and *Bol News* for airing news items regarding a reshuffle in the federal cabinet and change in the portfolios of some federal ministers, it emerged on Tuesday.
The two media outlets had aired the news on Monday morning about a possible reshuffle in the posts for Minister for Finance and Minister of State for Interior held by Asad Umar and Shehryar Afridi, respectively.
In the notice sent to the chief executive officer of M/s ARY Communications Pvt. Ltd. (*ARY News*), Pemra stated that the TV channel had aired breaking news on the morning of April 15 "about shuffling in federal cabinet and change in portfolios of five federal ministers".
Similarly, the authority in its notice to M/s Labbaik Pvt. Ltd. (*Bol News*) notice said the channel had run tickers reporting a change in the cabinet as well.
"This news turned out to be 'Fake' as Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting [Fawad Chaudhry], immediately rebutted any such news," the Pemra notice to both the broadcasters said.