PEMRA Cracks Down on TV Channels for Fake News about Asad Umar

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued show cause notices to two news channels for airing fake news against Finance Minister Asad Umar.

PEMRA swiftly moved into action after the news of a “massive reshuffle in the federal cabinet and changing of Asad Umar’s portfolio” was proven wrong.

The notices sent out to BOL News and ARY News on Monday stated that the two channels ran a fake, unsubstantiated Breaking News on Monday morning around 11 am, which were soon rubbished by the Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary.

It also observed that such fake and fabricated news is meant to “create chaos among the public and maligning the government functionaries.”

The notice lamented the TV channels for broadcasting a story without taking input from the person in question or any other government official and called it an utter disregard to journalistic ethics and PEMRA Code of Conduct.

The notice highlights that these news channels violated various Sections of PEMRA Ordinance 2002, PEMRA Ordinance 2007 and PEMRA Rules 2009 and asked them to submit a reply within seven days.

The media regulatory authority has also summoned the CEOs of ARY and BOL to appear in person on the hearing and verify the authenticity of the news report.

The hearing is set for April 22 afternoon at PEMRA Headquarters in Islamabad. It warns the concerned channels of legal action in case of non-compliance.

More Fake News

Last week, PEMRA had sent a notice to Samaa, Jaag and Neo TV for airing fake news against Shehbaz Gill, the spokesperson of CM Punjab.

In recent days, both mainstream and social media have been sharing more and more rumors against the government which is breaking a sweat to stabilize the economy and to bring the corrupt and looters to justice.

Moreover, it has also taken on “rent-a-journos” who have been backing up this corrupt mafia and resultantly, all of them have united against the Imran Khan-led government, trying their best to fail him.

A sea of misinformation has engulfed the social and mainstream media which aims at creating chaos among the public who voted Imran Khan into power.

In such a situation, the role of an active PEMRA and other media regulatory bodies is the need of the hour.

  • There should be a heavy fine instead of Notice. there are 45 channels which publiched the fake news. Govt. can earn using this strategy.

  • Imran Khan is a known pervert and a womanizer, is that also a fake news? Sufism has nothing to do with ISLAM. Do Imran has spine to ban Sufism in Pakistan. I don’t think so!

    • People like you have nothing to do with Islam. Do not speak on things you have no idea of. You are not a fact but a mere fiction.

      • Check yourself with some good doctor. Just go to youtube and type “reality of sufism” or “sufism exposed” and then you will know but obviously mentally ill people will not understand even if fact is in front of them. Stop with your BS and stop putting forward your rhetoric and absurd fictional statements as fact. But obviously sufism is a disease which is not easy to cure.

        So I will tell you two more channels. First is “Factory of Shirk” and other is “Engr Muhammad Ali Mirza.” Check those two channels. They both are against militant radical fanatic evil sufism.

        Again I think you have no idea what you are talking abt looks like I have pressed some hard nerve eh…There are trillion earth and trillion Skies diff b/w pious ISLAM and evil satanic sufism.

    • WOW sane people still exist +1. I applaud you for speaking truth. Kudos. And yes I agree with you that Sufism has nothing to do with Islam. Young generation ask for proof and they are not some idiot that these sufis can easily brainwash. As the saying goes in English that, “An educated mind can’t be exploited.”

      For educated people check this video on utube,

  • اس وقت انھیں یہی چینل بہت اچھے لگتے تھے جب وہ نواز گورمنٹ کے خلاف جھوٹا پروپیگنڈا کرتے تھے. اب چوپو گنے !!!

  • A fauji feature film should be made on Asad Umer titled “The General’s Son”, just like sherdil etc.
    As Atif said, other channels ran the same news too, why not fine or issue notices to them? Why only BOL or ARY?
    It seems like these two are going to be the next Dawn and Waqt News channels.

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