December 30, 2015
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Wednesday issued its first ever warning in the official language Urdu to all news channels, following the orders of Supreme Court.
The warning was for violating “Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015” by revealing particulars and identity of a rape victim in Lahore.
In the advice, PEMRA said that one reason for no effective implementation of code of conduct was lack of editorial control, monitoring and unavailability of monitoring committees in the channels.
PEMRA letter also said that as per rules all licence holders would ensure effective editorial control and would not broadcast any live event without installing delaying mechanism.
All licence holders were bound to set up institutional monitoring committees and inform PEMRA about compliance.
The TV channels were told that violations of such clauses was a criminal act, so all electronic media organizations should avoid violations in future, otherwise action against the violating channels would be taken under the prevalent regulations. - APP
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