Pemra warns against indecent telecasts by TV channels
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday warned against, what it called, increasing challenge of airing indecent, vulgar dramas and movies on television channels.
In a statement, the authority said that it had been decided at a high-level meeting that strict action would be taken under the law against all those who were involved in unethical media practices despite repeated advice, warnings and notices.
Pemra, keeping in view the burgeoning public complaints against programmes and advertisements of TV channels and cable networks, issued notices on account of showing indecent, vulgar dramas and movies.
In the notices, TV channels were also asked to stop excessive advertisements and foreign contents being aired beyond the permissible limit.As per law, the TV channels, it pointed out, could not air more than 12 minutes of advertisement in an hour. Similarly, the proportion of foreign contents could not be beyond 10 percent of the total broadcast in 24 hours.
The authority has decided to take strict action under the law against all those who are involved in unethical media practices despite repeated advice, warnings and notices.The Pemra stated that vulgarity and indecency in programmes were an increasing challenge equally for the authority and the broadcasters. In this regard, TV channels, FM radios and cable operators have been warned to stop all such programmes, which are generally perceived not in conformity with Pakistan’s socio-cultural norms and religious injunctions.