August 07, 2017
ISLAMABAD – Following a complaint filed by Neo News reporter Shakir Abbasi (pictured), the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has served a show-cause notice on ARY News.
According to the regulator, the complainant alleged that while airing the press conference of MNA Ayesha Gulalai and subsequent reports on August 1 and 2, the channel showed his pictures “with ulterior motive and in order to jeopardize his professional repute.”
“Moreover, ARY News described him a relative of Reham Khan, former wife of PTI Chairman Imran Khan. An old picture of Reham Khan with the complainant was also displayed on ARY News,” PEMRA said in a media release.
The complainant denied such allegations and termed ARY’s coverage as his character assassination. The complainant has sought action against the news channel.
PEMRA has directed ARY to reply to the show-cause notice by August 8. The news organization’s CEO is also required to appear for a personal hearing on August 8.
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