Pemra advises TV channels to refrain from airing ‘controversial content’ on Women’s Day
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday issued an advisory pertaining to coverage of International Women’s Day — commemorated on March 8 — and warned TV channels against airing “unethical slogans, play cards (sic) with objectionable content”.
The advisory pointed out that the Lahore High Court (LHC) had issued conditional permission for the Aurat March, which is to be held on occasion of the International Women’s Day. In pursuance of the high court’s order, the Pemra advisory stated that some channels had “aired controversial content with special reference to the slogan relating (sic) to Aurat March”.
“Furthermore, the airing of such vulgar/inappropriate content is not suitable for viewing on TV channels,” the advisory read.
The notification did not elaborate on what kind of content would qualify as “controversial” or “vulgar”. It also did not specify the objectionable slogan it referred to in the advisory.
The electronic media watchdog further said that telecasting “such content is in violation of Section 20(f) of Pemra Ordinance, 2002 as amended by the Pemra (Amendment) Act, 2007, read with different clauses of Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct, 2015 and aforementioned court orders.
“Besides, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on March 5, 2020, has unanimously discouraged the telecast of indecent and controversial content on television channels with special reference to the indecent slogans and banners relating to the ‘World Women Day’ campaign in Pakistan which is being marked on March 8, 2020.” Pemra’s advisory further said that TV channels should “realise their responsibility and play their due role in building high moral values and character among the viewers”.