Five TV channels banned by PEMRA
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has banned Tele Track, MM, MM2, M-Net and Series channels in the country. PEMRA said that they were not included in the eligible channels’ list issued by the media regulatory authority.
The channels have not sought registration with PEMRA which is a prerequisite for landing rights. It said that the channels’ software also included objectionable pornographic content and encourages moral turpitude which contravenes Code of Conduct of PEMRA.
“These channels are shown by pirated decoder cards in various parts of the country. The principal of Multi-choice Africa have taken up the issue of piracy with PEMRA and requested to adopt measures to stop piracy through TV channels,” said a press release issued by PEMRA on June 2.
In view of the persistent public demand, the press release said, the authority had decided to proscribe the five channels under section “27” of PEMRA Ordinance. PEMRA had issued a circular to all cable TV operators to stop the relay of the five channels from their networks.
The representative of Multi-choice Africa was asked to exclude Pakistan’s land mass from their footprints, but they had some difficulties for the time being. PEMRA warned that the telecasting the five channels would be an offence under section “33” of PEMRA Ordinance to sell cards/decoders and relay, show, transmit those channels on cable TV, MMDS.