August 10, 2022
ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed all satellite television channels to stop airing "propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation against state institutions."
In a directive, PEMRA said that the authority had observed a trend on satellite TV channels, specifically news and current affairs, wherein misinformation and disinformation are spread against the state institutions without any compelling justification.
"Such trend on channels not only tantamounts to casting aspersions against state institutions but also a planned propaganda campaign against the state institutions."
PEMRA further maintained that "freedom of speech and expression is the fundamental right of every citizen as per Article 19 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; however, this right is subject to restrictions imposed by law in the interest of glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defense of Pakistan."
The directive asked all satellite TV channel licensees to follow the principles laid down in the constitution and judgments passed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Islamabad High Court in the past.
A day before, the transmission of ARY News was suspended by PEMRA for allegedly spreading propaganda against state institutions.
The Express Tribune, January 13, 2017
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