ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Authority Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has suspended a private news channel’s licence with “immediate effect” for “airing hate inciting content” during a special transmission.
The electronic media regulatory body, in a press release dated August 30, said that it had issued an advisory to all television channels on August 20, directing them “not to air material that would harm inter-faith harmony or which was based on sectarianism and inciting hate”.
However, it said 24NewsHD — a part of Central Media Network Private Limited — aired “hate material during its special 10th of Muharram transmission without exercising any editorial control” thus violating PEMRA policies.
The authority added that it received complaints (regarding the transmission) after which it took “prompt action” and suspended the channel’s license under section 30(3) of the PEMRA Ordinance, 2002.
The body also issued a show-cause notice to the channel, according to the release, directing it to reply within 14 days.
“The channel has been given the opportunity to present its stance according to the law,” it said, adding, however, its license will remain suspended until completion of the inquiry.