No blackout of private TV channels on election day: Pemra
ISLAMABAD (February 17 2008): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Malik on Saturday dispelled the impression created in a section of press on the basis of claim by PFUJ about the alleged blackout of some TV channels on the election day.
Terming it as unfounded and baseless, he said Pemra has received no directions from any quarter to restrain private media from covering the election. “Pemra has always worked unequivocally for facilitation and growth of free, independent and responsible private electronic media as an impartial regulator,” he said.
He said private television channels have been advised to abide by the mutually agreed code of conduct between Pemra and Pakistan Broadcasters Association in letter and spirit. Mushtaq said election programmes should strictly be in line with the directions repeatedly issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Source: Business Recorder