March 22, 2017
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed television and FM Radio channels to ensure compliance with certain mandatory provisions or face stern legal action.
The regulator said in a press release Wednesday that “Article-19 of the Constitution of Pakistan obliges that every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security of defence of Pakistan or any part thereof friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, (commission of) or incitement to an offence.”
The release said that “Section-20 of PEMRA Amendment Act-2007, interalia, enjoins the licensees of electronic media to preserve religious values, prohibit religious discriminations and comply with the Electronic Media Code of Conduct-2015.”
PEMRA said that “Provision-3 (a), (d), (f) & Provision 10 of Electronic Media Code of Conduct-2015 specifically prohibits airing of any content which may be derogatory or insulting towards any religion and is against Islamic values and ideology of Pakistan.”
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The Express Tribune, January 16, 2018