ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has prohibited ‘Daybreak Information’ from airing one among its programme for 3 days ranging from Wednesday, March 22, 2017, eleven.00 pm to Friday March 24, 2017 until 12 midnight.
The choice has been made underneath Part 27 of Pemra Ordinance 2002 (as amended by Pemra Modification Act 2007), says a press launch.
Within the stated programme dated March 9, 2017 three anchorpersons mentioned a reference pending earlier than the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) towards Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC).
Discussing a matter, which is pending earlier than the SJC is a violation of the Part 20 (c) of Pemra Ordinance 2002 as amended by Pemra (Modification) Act 2007, Rule 15(1) of Pemra Guidelines 2009 and clauses three (1-j), four (three) of Digital Media (Programmes and Ads) Code of Conduct, 2015 in addition to directives of the Supreme Judicial Council dated Nov 21, 2015.
Pemra by means of a present trigger dated March 10, 2017 requested the channel to elucidate its place and seem earlier than a private listening to committee by March 17, 2017 at four.00 pm for a reply. On March 17, the channel’s representatives appeared earlier than the committee for listening to and denied any intention of slandering or trying to contempt of judiciary instantly or not directly within the stated programme.
Apart from prohibition, the TV channel has additionally been directed to put in efficient time-delay mechanism and in addition represent an in-home editorial committee. In case of non-compliance, the Authority might provoke proceedings underneath Part 30 of the Pemra Ordinance 2002 as amended by Pemra (Modification) Act 2007.
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