PEMRA fines Samaa, Waqt TV for ‘projecting terrorists' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PEMRA fines Samaa, Waqt TV for ‘projecting terrorists’

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) imposed a fine of Rs1 million each on two private Pakistani television channels, Samaa TV and Waqt TV for what it described as “projecting terrorists and airing blood and gore.”

Both channels had reportedly aired interviews of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of late Governor Punjab, Salmaan Taseer. According to the press release, Pemra has taken immediate cognisance of the violations committed by these two satellite TV channels while covering the assassination of Governor Punjab, Salmaan Taseer.

Pemra issued notices to both channels on January 4, 2011 for “projecting terrorists/outlaw and screening blood and gore which by all means is in contravention to Pemra Rules, Regulations and Code of Conduct besides the self-regulatory Code of Conduct agreed to by the many members of PBA.”

Pemra says both of the channels were provided reasonable opportunity to show cause and explain their position in personal hearings held on January 6 and 10, 2011.

A Pemra spokesman also confirmed that Pemra chairman, Mushtaq Malik’s recent denial of the imposition of the fine was “old news” and the fine has been imposed as of today (Tuesday).

The complete text of the Pemra press release follows:

PEMRA IMPOSES FINE ON TWO TV CHANNELS FOR PROJECTING TERRORISTS, SHOWING BLOOD & GORE.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has imposed fine on two Satellite TV Channels, SAMAA and Waqt TV amounting to Rs. 1 million each for projecting terrorists and airing blood and gore on their respective news channels.

According to the press release, PEMRA has taken immediate cognizance of the violations committed by these two satellite TV channels while covering the unfortunate incident of assassination of Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer on 4-1-11. The channels were also observed repeatedly airing interview of the assassin. PEMRA had issued notices to these two channels on 5-1-11 for projecting terrorists/outlaw and screening blood and gore which by all means is in contravention to PEMRA Rules, Regulations and Code of Conduct besides the self-regulatory Code of Conduct agreed to by the many members of PBA.

Under PEMRA law both these channels were provided reasonable opportunity to show cause and explain their position in personal hearings held on January 6 and 10, 2011.

Deputy General Manager

(Media PR)
Source: The Express Tribune
Date:1/12/2011