PEMRA Sends Notice to ARY News Over Airing Irresponsible Remarks

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a show cause notice to ARY News for irresponsible remarks by an analyst regarding Allah Almighty. The authority has been very active against news channels which are not in favour of the government policies.

According to the PEMRA press release, Arif Hameed Bhatti passed irresponsible remarks about Allah during the program “The Reporters”.

PEMRA states that airing of such content violates several clauses of PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007 and Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.

ARY News has been asked to reply to the show cause notice by PEMRA within seven days i.e. on or before September 15, 2017. The channel has to explain its position.

Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer of ARY News has also been called upon for a personal hearing on the same date i.e. September 15. In case the channel does not reply and the CEO does not appear for a personal hearing at PEMRA, the authority claims that it has the right to initiate proceedings against the ARY News.

There is a lot of similarity between PEMRA’s recent show cause notice to BOL News and now ARY News. Unlike normal notices where the channel is asked to respond to the notice, the CEOs of both channels have been asked to present themselves for a personal hearing.

Just a few days ago, Hamza Ali Abbasi got furious over the insensitivity shown regarding the Rohingya Muslims and passed “derogatory and anti-Pakistan remarks”. The details and program video on that matter can be viewed here.

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  • Nobody issues notice to Geo news for speaking against army and supreme court, pemra is pmln media dog

    • ARY is of PTI’s. Notices have been issued to Geo, but let SC and army correct themselves, Geo is so lenient and doesn’t criticize them but talks about what is in constitution. ARYs talk shows lack ethics, morality, and they come up with cooked stories…like “kisi ny mujhay ye abhi send kya ha ky Mariam London ja rahe ha wapis nahe aye ge”

      “Kisi ny mujahy abhi Whatsapp kya ha ky ye honay wala ha………”etc. All their programs are in favor of Imran and against Nawaz…even news readers taunt like aunties.

    • ART ?
      ARY has the art, and one can feel sorry for your statement that they don’t spread fake news. In fact the problem is they don’t even consider it propaganda or lies.

  • so this is what PEMRA doing since years and we are left paying billions to India for DTH

    where is DTH Pemra ??? or shall i renew my TATASKY for one another year ???

    shame and disgrace even Afghanistan have two DTH in their country

    • Salute to your ignorance, DTH auction by PEMRA was cancelled by court if you are not updated. And it was cancelled even without listening to PEMRA.

      • Dear before blaming me check facts after that pemra has done nothing since that to alive the case. Pemra legal team is not following the case in court

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