Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority issues show cause notice to ‘Channel-24’

Islamabad, August 04, 2017 (PPI-OT):Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a show cause notice to “Channel-24” for airing a false video clip on July 16, 2017 in which a video footage was shown with claims of rigging in the bye-elections of NA-260 (Quetta-cum-Chagi) held a day earlier i.e. July 15, 2017.

In fact, the video footage is about general elections of 2013 in Qila Abdullah. The TV channel ran the said footage as ‘exclusive.’ Azizullah Paktavi, Information Secretary of the JUI-F has lodged the complaint with PEMRA demanding action against the said TV channel for feeding wrong information to viewers and for violating PEMRA laws.

In the light of the complaint, the Authority has issued a show-cause notice to M/s Central Media Pvt. Ltd (Channel-24) directing the channel management to explain its position within seven days i.e. by August 9. Moreover, the Chief Executive Officer of the TV channel has also been directed to appear on the said date at 12.00 p.m. before the hearing committee. In case of failure to file reply within stipulated time or non-appearance of the channel representative for personal hearing, ex-parte action proceedings will be initiated.

For more information, contact:
Deputy General Manager
Media and PR
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)
Tel: +92 51 910 7128
Fax: +92 51 910 7112

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