Ban on Imran’s TV coverage LHC seeks social media content
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday directed counsel for the incarcerated PTI Chairman Imran Khan to furnish the material available on social media to establish a ban on the coverage of the former premier in electronic media.
Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza was hearing a petition of Imran Khan questioning the alleged violation of a stay order against a ban on the media coverage of his speeches.
Advocate Ahmad Pansota appeared on behalf of the petitioner and stated the material available on YouTube had no link with the content of the television channels.
The judge observed that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) denied banning the petitioner. Still, the journalists of the mainstream media claimed otherwise on social media.
The counsel said the government violated a court stay order and banned coverage of the petitioner in the media. He said the government also jailed the petitioner besides silencing his voice.
Arguing that the law mandated equal media coverage of all political leaders, the counsel asked the court to take action against Pemra authorities for defying the stay order.
Justice Mirza directed the petitioner’s counsel to place on record more material to demonstrate the contention raised in the petition.
The judge adjourned the hearing till October 10.
Pemra slapped the ban after Imran Khan lashed out at former army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa for protecting incumbent rulers in their alleged corruption cases.
The court had suspended the notification of the ban and referred the matter to a full bench already seized with similar matters.