PEMRA fines Samaa, Waqt TV for 'projecting terrorists'

Published: January 11, 2011
Screenshot of the video showing Qadri which was released on YouTube and aired on media channels.

Screenshot of the video showing Qadri which was released on YouTube and aired on media channels.

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) imposed a fine of Rs1 million each on two private Pakistani television channels, Samaa TV and Waqt TV for what it described as “projecting terrorists and airing blood and gore.”

Both channels had reportedly aired interviews of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of late Governor Punjab, Salmaan Taseer. According to the press release, Pemra has taken immediate cognisance of the violations committed by these two satellite TV channels while covering the assassination of Governor Punjab, Salmaan Taseer.

Pemra issued notices to both channels on January 4, 2011 for “projecting terrorists/outlaw and screening blood and gore which by all means is in contravention to Pemra Rules, Regulations and Code of Conduct besides the self-regulatory Code of Conduct agreed to by the many members of PBA.”

Pemra says both of the channels were provided reasonable opportunity to show cause and explain their position in personal hearings held on January 6 and 10, 2011.

A Pemra spokesman also confirmed that Pemra chairman, Mushtaq Malik’s recent denial of the imposition of the fine was “old news” and the fine has been imposed as of today (Tuesday).

The complete text of the Pemra press release follows:


Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has imposed fine on two Satellite TV Channels, SAMAA and Waqt TV amounting to Rs. 1 million each for projecting terrorists and airing blood and gore on their respective news channels.

According to the press release, PEMRA has taken immediate cognizance of the violations committed by these two satellite TV channels while covering the unfortunate incident of assassination of Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer on 4-1-11. The channels were also observed repeatedly airing interview of the assassin. PEMRA had issued notices to these two channels on 5-1-11 for projecting terrorists/outlaw and screening blood and gore which by all means is in contravention to PEMRA Rules, Regulations and Code of Conduct besides the self-regulatory Code of Conduct agreed to by the many members of PBA.

Under PEMRA law both these channels were provided reasonable opportunity to show cause and explain their position in personal hearings held on January 6 and 10, 2011.

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Reader Comments (93)

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 3:26PM

    projecting terrorists and airing blood and gore.”strange statement by PEMRA.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jan 11, 2011 - 3:27PM

    PEMRA should fine MB for incitement to murder and report her to the courts Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 3:32PM

    LOL !!!! Where is free media now ?? Mr.Pemra? oops i meant Mr.PPP??Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Good to see PEMRA doing something right for a change. Will be even more impressed if they enforce the fines!Recommend

  • Q
    Jan 11, 2011 - 3:33PM

    Rightly done. Those who do not show responsibility should be strictly dealt with.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 3:35PM

    Wonderful. Sometimes PEMRA is active. I dont know why these channels focus on building viewership than promoting positive activitiesRecommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 3:42PM

    extreamely good -_-gRecommend

  • Noreen Shams
    Jan 11, 2011 - 3:52PM

    Good stepRecommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 4:01PM

    First time I am delighted by PEMRA imposition. Good job there.Recommend

  • Noman
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:02PM

    Good ! Rather great !!Recommend

  • U S
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:04PM

    If the media is unbiased then these two channels have made a great move….Recommend

  • abdullah
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:07PM

    pemra should also not allow violent protest and extremist remarks of any1 on these channels..this will help building our society in a more positive wayRecommend

  • Karim Javed
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:08PM

    First Properly ban Star Plus then do something else.Recommend

  • Suresh
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:08PM

    Qadri is not tried and the court has not given its verdict yet, and hence a constitutional body like PERMA can not declare him a terrorist. He is entitled to voicing his opinion, and a free media can air it. Since, Qadri is in police custody, it is likely that he is allowed by the authorities to give an interview, and nothing illegal by the channel here. There are hundreds of others openly inditing killing in the name of religion, and it is shown in TV channels. At least Qadri is not doing so, and he is only confessing his crime and giving his views and seeking punishment He is victim of circumstances which is state’s own make. The govt. could not save Taseer, and is now showing unnecessary bravado, where it is least required.Recommend

  • Ehtisham+Rizvi
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:13PM

    awesome! put them on a leash, control them, ban a few channels if necessary. The monster that was created by Musharraf ended up toppling his regime, if I were Zardari, the first thing I would do is control the channels, each and everyone of them.Recommend

  • Arif
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:18PM

    Mr. PPP is becoming more active againts anti PPP channels, otherwise almost all channels are trying to follow similar policies….compromising news authenticity over “breaking news” fobia….Recommend

    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:24PM

    all tv channel should follow the rules provided by PEMRA… any way i don,t know for kind of program they are punished… the case of salman taseer is in the court and will be decided by judiciary no need of further exploitation of this news..Recommend

  • Sadia
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:25PM

    I totally endorse the fine, infact I think PEMRA should be more active in this regard.Recommend

  • feroze
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:26PM

    Well done PEMRA. Now do the same with the TV stations whose Anchors support bigoted views and condone acts of terror and say the death of the Punjab governor was OK. Free press is one thing but ours has got completely out of hand. Recommend

  • softrock
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:27PM

    so called freedome of media
    SAMA, WAQT you are not free to show
    the truth
    if you want to show the truth it should be on Govt.’s side
    they are watching over youRecommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:33PM

    Finally PEMRA woke up. I think govt should scrap this useless organization.Recommend

  • Ahmed Iqbalabadi
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:35PM

    That is a very good step. Hopefully they will fine more on erring channels. That is what the role of the regulator is. Recommend

  • Ajaz Hussain
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:41PM

    I think 1 million is nothing. We need our media to be free but with responsibility. Actually PEMRA has to compile complete code of conduct for all media sources.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:45PM

    Some so called scholars and TV anchors also fall in the same category and they must be dealt with iron handRecommend

  • adnan
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:47PM

    i relly appreciate this act of PEMRA.our media needs a tight regulator.our media is doing crap in the name of freedom of expression.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Haider
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:57PM

    @Imran: This doesn’t mean that the media is not free anymore. The introduction of these regulations is similar to the introduction of new traffic police in our cities. It will certainly maintain the smooth flow of media traffic and will avoid accidents. Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Jan 11, 2011 - 5:01PM

    What about the security personals who allowed this medias to interview him ?Recommend

  • imran gulzar
    Jan 11, 2011 - 5:06PM

    i am 100% agree with PEMRA please guys dont make it political issue. We need to take initiative to overcome all problems in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Jan 11, 2011 - 5:15PM

    good job pemra……..make an example of themRecommend

  • Ali
    Jan 11, 2011 - 5:18PM

    yeah what fines are there for showing vulgar indian dances and vulgar adds of indian actresses. Is there any fine on that? We have been poisoned slowly and badly. If freedom of speech means anything to these TV channels then it shouldn’t have been blocked.

    I still rememeber what happened in India once a channel was trying to alienate extremist Hindu group, they slapped the journalists openly in the channel rooms. Indian friends here should comment on that as well? Recommend

  • Dajjal
    Jan 11, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Good Job and while they are at it, could they also fine the agencies that create these terrorists? In fact, what we could really use from the Lahore or Bahawalpur High court is a restraining order, barring Satan from coming within 50 yards of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 6:15PM

    stupid called stupid free media of Pakistan..which can not even recognise what is extremism or terrorism & what is Islam ..Recommend

  • ASQ
    Jan 11, 2011 - 6:54PM

    its the first time pemra did some thing good!!!Recommend

  • Sana
    Jan 11, 2011 - 6:57PM

    Agreed! Good decision.

    I heard the murder was incited due to MB show where she just couldn’t shutup?Recommend

  • Pakistani57
    Jan 11, 2011 - 7:04PM

    so every newspaper including ET should be fined for “projecting” terrorist by showing his pictureRecommend

  • NAK
    Jan 11, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Fined for speaking truth ???????????????????Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 7:15PM

    PEMRA was not HARSH enough.. Recommend

  • Bilal Jatoi
    Jan 11, 2011 - 7:20PM

    When these T.V. channels air commercials for more than 10 minutes during a programme, violating PEMRA rules, PEMRA doesn’t interfere at all. When T.V. channels are showing what the masses want to see, everyone in Pakistan is curious to know about the brave Malik Mumtaz Qadri, so now PEMRA is trying to meddle in that which is surely on political grounds.Recommend

  • Maria
    Jan 11, 2011 - 7:40PM

    Good decision. Tell me where in the world a killer is allowed to voice his opinions on TV? This will only incite more copy cat killings by sickos. The media has to learn to maintain international standards of integrity. I am sure the killer in Tucson, Ariziona, USA is not having his interviews and comments aired on TV right now! People would boycott any TV channel that would glorify a killer.Recommend

  • Talha Masood
    Jan 11, 2011 - 7:58PM

    @ Imran Sarwar, NAK

    Free media is alot more different than “madar-pidar-azad” media…..

    Good Job PEMRA! continue this….we don’t need this “FREEDOM” which causes anarchy and mayhem.Recommend

  • Aamir+Ali
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:47PM

    Good move, terrorists get way too much publicity and projection of their aims in Pakistani television.Recommend

  • Imran
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:35PM

    Good work by PEMRA, they should also take action against MBRecommend

  • MNA
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:27PM

    weldone PEMRA, please do more in the larger interest of society.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:46PM

    Good work by Pemra.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:06PM

    A Rs 1 million fine is peanuts to channels.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 11:21PM

    i’m amused at the fact that PEMRA is functioning. well good for the media channels.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 11:34PM

    There is no fine for those who air stupid politicians cum thugs every day and every night. But when some other point of view is shown, the one which goes against the official line, the channel is fined. What non-sense. Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 11:43PM

    The Pemra has strongly denied reports that Waqt News or any other channel has been fined for airing the interview of Governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassin, Mumtaz Qadri. In a statement on Monday, Pemra Chairman Mushtaq Malik said neither any channel was fined nor was issued any notice. He said the paper that carried the baseless story had been asked to publish a contradiction and also apologise. The story had been published by daily Pakistan Today. Link:

  • irfan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:15AM

    nice job PEMRA and nice job qadriRecommend

  • Akhtar
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Channels show it because people like it
    Pakistan is still in the past you can not blame madari(media) for showing tamashaRecommend

  • Taha Ali adil
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:28AM

    isn’t matter how much great channel is going.

    Law and some rule have to be follow on.

    GOOD PEMRA keep it up.Recommend

  • Asad
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:00AM

    Firstly they should banned indian channels which can be watched easily…

    And ban geoRecommend

  • Junaid Ali Khan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:07AM

    Good job. Much more fine is needed in fact Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:40AM

    About time.Recommend

  • Moazzam Ewing
    Jan 12, 2011 - 7:38AM

    This is a good job, thank you PEMRA. Hope this will be applied to all channels across the board. Recommend

  • Saad Ahmed
    Jan 12, 2011 - 9:45AM

    Now this is, what we call Freedom of Media!!!! BSRecommend

  • Don
    Jan 12, 2011 - 9:55AM

    very bad decision
    They display news of bothside and qadri views air why he kill himRecommend

  • Umarz
    Jan 12, 2011 - 10:30AM

    PEMRA did good job but not enough.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 12, 2011 - 10:32AM

    Well Done PEMRA ! It is comforting to know that there is still some prudence left in the government. Irresponsible and biased journalism should be checked, not only on television but also in the print media. Substandard TV channels and many Urdu language newspapers are polluting the minds of the illiterate majority of Pakistan who take everything presented to them as word of truth. Recommend

  • Shahzad
    Jan 12, 2011 - 10:40AM

    projecting terrorists and airing blood and gore????????

    Its all PPP Game.

    PEMRA is just a puppet for Govt.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.This is the punishment for telling the truth and declaring the real facts before the nation about the terrorism which has been described by Pakistani government’s controlled news channels.Recommend

  • Ahmed Malik
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Where is free media now ?? Mr.Pemra?Recommend

  • waqas ahmad
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Media reflects the sound of public, if he himself blame any person who do right is pitiable situation for those persons or directors of these channels. Are they muslims or others.Recommend

  • mmok2k8
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:07PM

    @Ahmed Malik

    Free media does not mean that you can promote a cold blooded murderer as a HERO.. neither does free media mean promoting terrorism!!Recommend

  • mmok2k8
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:09PM

    @Ahmer Ali
    the real facts were caught on camera.. A MAN who took an oath to to KILL a man with his life..(on the Quran) broke his oath.. MURDERED an INNOCENT HUMAN!!! on the beheast of his MULLAHS!!
    He does not need to be glorified by these Mullah supporting TV channels!!Recommend

  • ammal
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:19PM

    Truth is always bitter.. Poor PEMRA can not face the reality.. the public must be aware of the truth.. we call us free media where is it?????? if they can not tell the reality to public..??

    i dont understand this diplomacy of the high authorities.. why?? Pemra want tv channels to display what they want why is it soo???Recommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 12:36PM

    This so called “freedom of the press” really amuses me, if they want to ban any one, ban the politicians that do nothing but make fake promises to the masses. Since when is airing someone’s defense or statement a criminal act? Sounds more like PEMRA is dancing on the tunes of the higher ups, curbing the means to let the people know the true facts behind any event is despicable, exposing the true facts is NOT promoting terrorism, its is more likely the higher ups wish for the masses to believe what they wish to feed them as always.Recommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 12:43PM

    I dont see anu point in imposing such fi9 … media is doing its job and after all we r living in a democratic society … Recommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 12:57PM

    Sama nd Nawi Wakat are giving tru picture then why fine on them.Recommend

  • S Asghar
    Jan 12, 2011 - 1:14PM

    Well done Pemra. Every civilized country have a media policy. Channel licenses sale is even stopped by Oz courts on the basis that Media comes with a lot of responsibility, and can change the thinking of people.

    Thank you Pemra. Who can forget the interview of our hero Capt Najam Riaz by an irresponsible reporter, and showing it live by a local TV channel. Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Jan 12, 2011 - 1:20PM

    @mmok2k8.Highly respected sir.I here agree with you but the terrorists are just handful and on the name of fake terrorism most of the victims are innocent and sinless people esp children,women and old people esp by drone attacks.We muslims are killing muslims just on the directions of USA and other advanced Western countries from where we beg aid for the welfare of the nation and Pakistan but unfortunately the begged aid is spent on the kingly expenditures of our leaders and highly ranked appointed key posts armed forces’ offices and the killings of innocent people are not displayed before the nation and only it is told the nation all the killed people were terrorists and extremists.Yes all are not terrorists.Recommend

  • khan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 2:01PM

    PEMRA has shown responsibility, as the blood and gore should not be shown. this is where we don’t understand the role of media. freedom of expression doesn’t mean, that one should telecast everything that has been done. we have also experienced such incidents where the media was telecasting live barbarism going on in sialkot’s notorious incident few months back. the need is that media should behave very responsibly and should not telecast such clips. these are not producing very good impact on society and particularly children and females. we demand from media freedom and confuse this freedom with barbarism and brutality and murder. no this is not freedom,rather it is spreading violence and jingoism. the responsibility is to be judged with attitude and honesty. Recommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 3:09PM

    If these channels or any channel shows what is actually happenning then it is like cutting the throat of media. Media is showing us the mirror, so if we dont like our face in the mirror we must not break it. we need to clean ourself and then face the mirror.
    If a fine has been imposed due to fact showing then it is criminal on part of PEMRA.Recommend

  • alian
    Jan 12, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Right step by PEMRA, we don’t need the torn ignorant faces of mullahs .

    thumbs up to PEMRARecommend

  • Junaid
    Jan 12, 2011 - 5:59PM

    How come he be terrorist ? He has murdered governor and not linked to amy terrorismRecommend

  • Pakistani57
    Jan 12, 2011 - 6:26PM

    Pemra denies the news please check earlier linkRecommend

  • Ali Hassan Salameh
    Jan 12, 2011 - 9:58PM

    Well awarded reprimand; the amount hardly matters!Recommend

  • Raja Arsalan Khan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:04PM

    The jihadists and their proponents don’t believe in freedom but they want it for themselves to continue unleashing killings and deaths besides indoctrinating the minds with extremist thoughts.
    The “Brothers” who are critical of PEMRA and are citing freedom of expression as a justification must know the fact that such “notions” are a product of a secular state, first experienced in France after the 1789 revolution, the same country which rightly banned burqa last year. So, as you are afraid of even the word secular, you must not express undue resentment over the great move because you don’t have any right to demand the fruits of secularism. After all you want you want Zia’s Pakistan and not the French one.
    Again cheers to PEMRA because I want a secular France-like Pakistan Recommend

  • Faizan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:35PM

    Good Job PEMRA, well done. I hope that It shall also take action against all the channels which violate the PEMRA Rules 2002, especially Rule 24 (4)- which prescribes and makes it mandatory that, as follows,

    “The duration of the advertising break shall not be more than three minutes continuously and there must be at least a fifteen-minute regular program duration between successive advertisement breaks”

    And I also hope that these channels shall also mend their ways according to the laws of the country and also follow some code of conduct and broadcasting ethics which even followed by the European channels.
    It has become habit of all of us-individually and colllectively – groups,trades, professions bases, to malign others but don’t respect the laws when it comes to us, I and our side.

    I am a lawyer , but I am very ashamed to admit that my profession fellows are more followers of double standards, rule of law for others and rule of will for lawyers, isn’t is, I think very much it is. Recommend

  • Faizan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:47PM

    *PEMRA Rules 2002, especially Rule 24 (4)- which prescribes and makes it mandatory that, as follows,
    “The duration of the advertising break shall not be more than three minutes continuously and there must be at least a fifteen-minute regular program duration between successive advertisement breaks”*Recommend

  • khurram kaleem
    Jan 13, 2011 - 12:40AM

    Very good stepRecommend

  • Shah
    Jan 13, 2011 - 5:19AM

    PEMRA, are you going to fine Facebook and Youtube as well. You should fine PTV on broadcasting false success of current Government. Recommend

  • Venky
    Jan 13, 2011 - 8:47AM


    I like your view points quote: Qadri is not tried and the court has not given its verdict yet, and hence a constitutional body like PERMA can not declare him a terrorist. He is entitled to voicing his opinion, and a free media can air it.

    But the the real question is:

    Can the free media voice which is USP for them as long as it does not contravene law?

    Or Can the media ignore moral values not enlisted in constitution?Recommend

  • Junaid Manzoor
    Jan 13, 2011 - 12:22PM

    Freedom of media is a different thing than working on someone else’s agenda and creating chaos in the country. If media does not follow the guidelines of ethics themselves, then government bodies should take such steps, even more harsh than that.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jan 13, 2011 - 2:05PM

    Good job PEMRA

    Its about time media started behaving responsibly and those who don’t needs to face the consequencesRecommend

  • Analyser
    Jan 13, 2011 - 2:40PM

    Fine these illegitimate children of Musharraf into bankruptcy. We dont need 50 channels churning out the same things 24/7. Recommend

  • Ali Akbar
    Jan 14, 2011 - 10:37AM

    PEMRA should take on its responsibility, Those Chanels who are inresponsibile should be punished, good job Pemra..Congrates Recommend

  • Mohammad Imran
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:29PM

    I appriciate the PEMPRA act, but why pempra not tacking action against all those channel, relaying the indian movies, shows, all those kind of programme which are promoting the valgarity, which are not matching with our society.Recommend

  • Asif
    Jan 16, 2011 - 1:46AM

    To hell with free media. Freedom comes with responsibility which obviously many channels don’t think is necessary. Fine is less, both channels should be banned.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Jan 16, 2011 - 9:51AM

    Pakistani TV channels are more interested in ratings and viewership than actually reporting the news. PEMRA needs to come down hard on these channels, they seem to think they can say anything they want and get away with it. Recommend

  • kamal ahmed
    Jan 16, 2011 - 7:04PM

    A little set back for terrorist,more measures required.Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Pemra Is the Cage of PPPP but PPPP is Totaly Disqualified To Expose off Benazir’ Murder.Recommend

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