Supreme Court directs PEMRA to check obscenity on TV channels
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to set the parameters for discouraging programmes and advertisements showing obscenity on TV channels.
A three-member bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, heard suo motu proceedings regarding obscene and other objectionable material carried in the media. Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed and former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed had written letters to the CJP against obscenity aired on TV channels.
The court gave four weeks to PEMRA for completing the process and directed to clearly define obscenity and submit a compliance report.
Appearing on notice, Acting PEMRA Chairman Dr Abdul Jabbar informed the court that he took all possible measures for discouraging obscenity on TV channels, adding that there were many complaints against obscenity on cable. He told the court that PEMRA had fined TV channels spreading sectarianism, besides issuing notices to cable operators and TV channels for running advertisements and programmes containing obscenity. The CJP asked the chairman that serving notices on TV channels was nothing but eyewash. The CJP remarked that effective measures should be taken on urgent basis.