IHC rejects ARY plea to unban Dr Shahid Masood's TV show

Published: September 21, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed an appeal of ARY television against the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) order for banning the programme, ‘Live with Dr Shahid Masood’ for 45 days from August 15.

Pemra had banned the TV show for making comments which cast aspersions on the Sindh High Court (SHC) chief justice. The regulatory authority gave order on August 10 while accepting the recommendations of the Council of Complaints and imposed penalties on the private TV channel.

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While delivering the verdict on Monday, Judge Aamer Farooq said the appeal – filed by owner and CEO of ARY Media Communication – was without merit.

In his judgment, the judge noted that although the examination of the words used in the programme showed that no name was taken, it was evident and clear that the opinion and remarks were referred to the chief justice of SHC.

“This becomes further evident from the proceedings initiated by the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan in the case titled Sindh High Court Bar Association versus Federation of Pakistan.”

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On this matter, the apex court order dated July 15 observed the matter and ruled that: “We have noticed that few days before the abduction of Mr Owais Ali Shah, through social and other electronic media, a campaign of vilification has been started against the Judges of the Superior Judiciary at different levels for which no action has so far been taken by the relevant forums. After the abduction of Mr Owais Ali Shah, a regular campaign of character assassination of Superior Court judges has been started and no one from the relevant authorities has either shown concern or taken action.”

The court also remarked, “To our understanding it is the PTA and/or PEMRA who are the relevant authorities for the purpose of taking actions against such a campaign maligning the institution.”

The IHC judge said that as the host did not challenge the order in the instant appeal, therefore, the same has attained finality.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • OSD
    Sep 21, 2016 - 7:54PM

    Thankfully, Dr Shahid Masood will stay banned. Besides his wanton allegations on respectable people, he is quite an unremarkable television anchor. During his show, he spasms half the time in an attempt to show his contempt for the PMLN.. Totally biased person.. Recommend

  • QJ
    Sep 21, 2016 - 9:13PM

    @ OSD, absolutely. Use of indirect references in public should be construed as direct ones and media anchors should be held responsible for their talk.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:03PM

    He is a liar working on agenda of misleading Pakistani nation. His job is to put doubts in the hearts of masses about anything that may be good for the people and the land. Such black sheep must be banned for ever.Recommend

  • Gaz
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:27AM

    @Sabi: so never one should speak about the state of Pakistan since you want to stay in a delusional state that everything is running perfectly even though every financial indicator is heading down.Recommend

  • ibs
    Sep 22, 2016 - 1:08AM

    So your biased opinion is based on the fact that he speaks against PMLN ? wowRecommend

  • ibs
    Sep 22, 2016 - 1:09AM

    Most of the things he says turn out to be true.Recommend

  • FHM
    Sep 22, 2016 - 7:38AM

    Dr.Shahid will be back in 1 week and Insha Allah nothing will stop him exposing Panama leaks,corruption,kickbacks and nepotism.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Sep 22, 2016 - 8:48AM

    can you please mention any point for the knowledge of nation that came true ?? it will be your service to nation.Recommend

  • FHM
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:43PM

    His revelations on systematic plunder of wealth since 2 years were proven right with exposure of Panama leaksRecommend

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