Pemra has issued a notice to TV channels for monitoring of morning show content.
The notice, which is shared on Pemra’s social media accounts, reads, “There are serious complaints which [are] a matter of great concern for all the families that different channels through morning shows are involved in such activities which [are] against the decency, morality, values of Islam and cultural heritage of Pakistan.”
PEMRA issues directives to TV channels in pursuance to the Orders of Islamabad High Court to comply with Code of Conduct in its Morning shows and other programmes. Channels are also directed to ensure allocation of 10% airtime for public service messages. pic.twitter.com/XBJjSEWsJu
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) January 30, 2018
Without specifying the names of the offending morning shows, the notice further states, “Some items of different channels clearly fall within the definition of obscenity/pornography, therefore, PEMRA is directed to submit report in this regard and take immediate steps to prevent telecast of such contents and if any channel fails to [follow] the instructions, penal action may be taken against the channel.”
It further states that some of the content shown on the different channels most definitely falls under the category or let me say, definition of pornography or obscenity. Owing to this reason, PEMRA is instructed to submit a report relating this matter and to take immediate steps to prevent the telecast of such activities or content. If any channel fails to abide with the directives, then a panel action must be taken against the channel.