Web DeskPublished: 1 June 2023 at 11:44 | Updated: 1 June 2023 at 11:44
Pemra Urges Media Boycott of Hate Mongers and Perpetrators
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued a directive to television channels, calling for a media boycott of individuals promoting hate speech, violence, and anti-state sentiments. The notification, issued on Wednesday, emphasized the need for a balance between freedom of speech and maintaining public order.
Referring to the events of "Black Day" on May 9, when violent protests erupted after the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Pemra condemned the attacks on state and public properties and the endangerment of innocent lives. The regulator urged caution and directed satellite TV channel licensees to remain vigilant and refrain from promoting hate mongers, perpetrators, and their facilitators inadvertently.
Pemra emphasized the promotion of national unity and called for the blacking out of hatemongers. It stated that planners and perpetrators of hateful violence should not be given a platform on television, and content that incites violence or discriminates against certain groups should not be broadcast.
The notification also highlighted the importance of adhering to PEMRA laws and orders of superior courts. It directed licensees to refrain from providing airtime to individuals who propagate hate speech and provoke public sentiments against the Federation and state institutions.
Additionally, Pemra mandated the use of an effective time delay mechanism by broadcasters to ensure proper monitoring and editorial control of live programs. This mechanism would enable prompt action to be taken if any content violates the prescribed code.
Pemra's directive serves as a call to the media industry to exercise responsibility and play a crucial role in promoting a peaceful and harmonious society, while safeguarding the principles of freedom of expression within the bounds of the law.