Another day and we have another TV show banned. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) today banned a show on Geo News for a period of 5 days.
“Geo Pakistan” is banned from broadcasting, re-broadcasting, fresh, old or repeat on Geo News from 9:00 AM Monday 3rd April 2017 till 12:00 AM April 7th 2017. The reason cited by the authority was “airing objectionable/indecent content”.
Rs. 1 Million Fine
Furthermore a fine of Rs. 1 million was imposed on the news channel as well. PEMRA has ordered Geo News to:
..activate in-house editorial committee to ensure compliance of the Code of Conduct 2015 and use time-delay mechanism effectively.
In case Geo News fails to comply (doesn’t stop airing the show or pay the fine) the channel will be suspended under Section 30 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002, amended by the PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007.
The show was banned after the authority received numerous complaints from senior journalists and regular citizens. A show cause notice was issued to Geo News on March 15th 2017 so they can explain why the aired objectionable content in the first place, they had 14 days to comply.
After giving them a chance of personal hearing and evaluating the response from Geo News’ representative, PEMRA decided that the channel has violated Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015 and should be punished accordingly.
Amir Liaquat Ordered to Apologize
Earlier the regulatory authority ordered the famous anchorperson Aamir Liaquat to apologize for hate speech during his program “Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga” on January 27th.
PEMRA asked him and the channel the program airs at Bol TV to “apologize unconditionally to the viewers for airing the hate-speech.”
Aamir Liaquat at the program called the missing bloggers and social media activists, anti Islam and anti Pakistan accusing them of blasphemy. The very next day his program aired on Bol TV and he insulted PEMRA publicly on the show.