The Pakistan Digital Media Authority Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday suspended with “instant impact” tv channel 24NewsHD’s licence for “unlawful transmission of stories and present affairs content material”.
In response to a press launch issued by the regulatory authority, the channel Worth TV — for which the license was issued to Central Media Community Pvt — had “illegally” modified its identify to 24NewsHD. The channel was granted the licence to air leisure content material however as an alternative it was “persistently illegally and unlawfully airing information and present affairs in steady violation of Pemra legal guidelines”, the assertion learn.
The regulatory physique mentioned it issued a show-cause discover to the channel for violating the phrases of its licence and directed it to “revert again to its authorised programming content material” on Might 7, 2020. However the channel “failed to stick to the instructions of the authority regardless of a number of notices and alternatives of listening to supplied [to them],” in response to the assertion.
Pemra, due to this fact, suspended the channel’s licence with “instant impact until the time it reverts again to its unique programming combine”.
Media dealing with ‘worst disaster’ throughout current govt
In a press release, Karachi Press Membership (KPC) President Mohammad Imtiaz Khan Faran, Secretary Arman Sabir and different office-holders and staff “strongly condemned” Pemra’s resolution to droop the licence and demanded its restoration.
The assertion mentioned that the media business was dealing with the “worst disaster” in the course of the current authorities due to which journalists and media staff have been dealing with monetary difficulties.
“The closure of Channel 24 can result in a rise within the [financial] disaster,” the assertion mentioned and referred to as for “sturdy opposition” to the suspension.
“We’re standing shoulder to shoulder with our media fraternity,” the assertion mentioned.
‘Imran Khan focusing on those that converse reality’
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan for the TV channel’s suspension, saying that he was focusing on these “channels, media homes, journalists and house owners who spoke the reality”.
In a tweet from the PML-N’s account, Aurangzeb condemned the suspension and demanded the channel’s “instant resumption”.
“Taking channel 24 off air with out listening to its stance is oppressive and unjust. Imran’s authorities is slicing the very shoulders on which it got here to energy,” she mentioned.
She claimed that the federal government had a “downside with all these establishments and individuals who criticised it”.
“Heavy-handed ways are at their peak throughout this authorities. Mir Shakeelur Rehman’s wrongful arrest, banning channel 24 and proscribing the writings and programmes of varied journalists show that this authorities is just not democratic,” she mentioned.
Aurangzeb claimed that the federal government was “growing unemployment amid the coronavirus after destroying the media business”, including that the suspension of the channel’s licence would add to the “tsunami of unemployment”.
Extra reporting by Imtiaz Ali