ARY News warned over anti-Malala hate speech

Published: February 12, 2016
Malala Yousufzai. PHOTO: AFP

Malala Yousufzai. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) censured on Friday a leading news channel for airing “hate speech” against Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her family, warning that accusations of blasphemy could endanger lives.

Malala, who moved to England after being shot in the head by the Taliban, is both admired and hated in her native Pakistan where some conservatives view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country.

In its ruling, PEMRA said a programme aired by the 24-hour ARY news channel on February 7 used “indecent and uncivilised” language to describe the 18-year-old, branding her “a traitor, a blasphemer of Allah and the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”.

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“The host and guests used such words about Malala Yousafzai and her family that undoubtedly fall under hate speech and use of such words are strictly banned under the law and constitution,” it said.

“Issuing certificates of treason and infidelity and declaring someone the enemy of the country or an enemy of Islam is not the job of TV anchors or the participants of a TV programme,” it added.

“They are broadcasting such material which could endanger someone’s life.”

Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 along with with India’s Kailash Satyarthi, a fellow education activist.

Hardliners continue to revile the teen, who was shot in the head by Taliban insurgents in 2012 after she spoke out against them for opposing girls’ education.

However, there has also been an outpouring of invective from middle classes, who may be keen to educate their daughters but who object to airing the country’s problems abroad.

The hatred towards her stems partly from religious conservatism and opposition to female empowerment, but also taps into scepticism towards a decade-long fight against militants which many Pakistanis regard as being imposed by United States.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Jibran
    Feb 12, 2016 - 7:34PM

    Who were the guests and host?Recommend

  • Feb 12, 2016 - 7:36PM

    Why did ARY, a progressive channel, allow this to happen??Recommend

  • Point
    Feb 12, 2016 - 7:59PM

    So no freedom of speech in Pakistan. You only speak either in favor. Let people have their views, be it positive or negative. And let people get knowledge on realities.Recommend

  • Qwells
    Feb 12, 2016 - 8:00PM

    Way to go PEMRA.
    These lunatics should be made to sit in their place. Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Feb 12, 2016 - 8:06PM

    Danish is distributing certificates of treason and Infidelity since the beginning and he wont stop. He must be booked under National Action Plan right away to curb the distribution of these certificates.Recommend

  • MJ
    Feb 12, 2016 - 9:20PM

    Which show was it?Recommend

  • Feb 12, 2016 - 9:43PM

    It baffles me to se a fine young lady like Malala being showed in a negative light.
    Are we Pakistanis ever proud of anyone’s achievements?
    Can we Pakistanis ever digest the good done by any citizen?
    Can we Pakistanis ever think of emulating her achievements?
    We Conveniently forget she was shot in the head by the inhuman TTP and survived.
    Thanx to the UK and USA. SALAMSRecommend

  • yousafhaque
    Feb 12, 2016 - 9:47PM

    Well done PEMRARecommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 12, 2016 - 11:30PM

    Why only ‘ warn ‘ him ? …….some punitive action against ARY and the host / guests / producers of this disgusting show should have been taken.Recommend

  • SeaLion
    Feb 13, 2016 - 12:55AM

    THIS IS NOT the first time that ARY has crossed the limit. In their eagerness to let down GEO they resort to cheap shenanigans. No one should be allowed to air their bigot and hate filled views. We’ve had enough of this narrow mindedness and conspiracy theories. Geo aur geenay do please!Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 1:16AM

    Now where is freedom of speech ?Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 1:30AM

    Had Malala been so brave to have received the not so- Noble Prize award, then she should have stuck around in Pakistan and studied here. Just like the APS Peshawar school kids did and the Bacha Khan University students ?Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 1:51AM

    If nothing negative should be aired about her, then why even positive?

    Malala programs should not be aired at all, but be banned, just like the ban on a local political party leader residing in London was declared !

    Had she been really so brave then she should have stuck around and studied in Pakistan…Just like the APS and BKU students didRecommend

  • Raheel
    Feb 13, 2016 - 8:20AM

    Hahaha everyone bashing ARY but the reality is that it is a patriotic channel and can’t see any thing against pakistan. I would recommended u all to watch the program at least once so that your views change. A similar kind of a show was aired on express in Ahmed Qureshi’s show. Can u think for a while what had she for education? Nothing… Why was the noble award not awarded to aps students or student named Aitzaz who sacrificed his life…Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 10:24AM

    The too much devotion to so called MALALA shows that there is something wrong in the bottom. why don’t you exposed the massacre of Children of Thar from hunger. it’s a complete waste of time discussing on MALALA, we have a grate MALAL on her saying against pakistan.Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 4:19PM

    There are scores of extraordinary Pakistani kids who blog online, write diaries in publications and appear on TV. Then why was Malala the only selected candidate? There are several reasons for this. Most importantly, Malala had gradually been groomed into an icon of young, female resistance against tyranny and oppression in her fight for the right to education.

    Secondly, she garnered great influence as she was routinely invited by a variety of senior government, military, diplomatic and HR officials especially the US.

    If you do a bit of research you would discover,that in Pakistan at the primary level enrollment of girls far exceed the boy’s and that Pakistani boys and girl students have not only topped but broken world records in “A” and “O” level exams.Yes,overall our literacy rate needs to improve,but rest assured it is not entirely for the reason that parents or Islam prohibits girls getting education.

    The basic reason is that our governments have throughout never paid any sincere attention towards making education as one of their priority and on top of that whatever was spent in this sector was pocketed by corrupt officials.Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:59PM

    Dr. Danish …..what credentials you have and please share your below average childhood and achievemets. Do you know anything about noble prize? Recommend

  • Sahi
    Feb 14, 2016 - 2:04AM

    @Shahid Akram:
    freedom comes with responsibility. Your freedom stops where mine starts.Recommend

  • Pujari
    Feb 14, 2016 - 2:33AM

    @Shahid Akram:
    Freedom comes with responsibility. Your freedom stops where mine begins, a fact of life.Recommend

  • Feb 14, 2016 - 6:08AM

    The guests were author Kashif Raza Fayyaz ul Hasan pti & Ajmal wazir pml(q)Recommend

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