Pemra asks two TV channels to broadcast apologies
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) directed on Monday two private TV channels to broadcast apologies for promoting controversial and sectarian views during their Ramazan transmissions. The decision came during a meeting of the media regulator’s council of complaints held at Pemra’s regional office in Karachi under the chairmanship of Professor Inam Bari.
“The council has directed the management of Aaj News and TV One to immediately telecast an apology for promoting controversial and sectarian views,” a statement said. “Both TV One and Aaj TV have assured the council of complaints that they will air apologies at the earliest,” the statement added. According to Pemra, the ban on Hamza Abbasi, Shabbir Abu Talib and religious scholar Kokab Noorani Okarvi would be lifted after airing the apologies and they would then be able to appear on TV.