PEMRA Issues Clarification Regarding It’s Controversial Directive To News Channels

After facing severe backlash from media personalities and politicians, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued clarification regarding it’s earlier issued controversial directive to TV channels.

The PEMRA has clarified that the earlier issued directive was misinterpreted. The notification further reads that PEMRA doesn’t intend to restrict freedom of speech as projected by some anchors.

PEMRA further explains that the earlier directive was issued in line with PEMRA laws, Electronic Media Conduct-2015 and advisories which are regularly issued over the non-implementation of existing code of conduct vis-a-vis discussion on sub-judice matters.

Moreover, the notification further clarified that anchors are not barred from participation in other journalists’ programs. Earlier, it was reported that journalists having a show of their own will no longer be able to appear in other TV shows as an expert.

“There is no restriction on appearance of any number of anchors to do long duration group marathon transmission on a special current issue on their channels while also taking other relevant guests where required/possible,” the notification reads.

“PEMRA is fully supportive of freedom of expression as enshrined in the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan with a role to regulate it within the bound of PEMRA laws and code of conduct,” PEMRA further clarified.

The earlier issued directive had drawn lots of criticism from both leaders of ruling party and the opposition. Asad Umar, Shireen Mazari, Fawad Chaudhry and others condemned the directive issued by PEMRA. On the other hand, journalists from different TV channels also expressed their anger at the directive.

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