PEMRA to suspend channels airing Indian content

Published: October 4, 2016
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Shopkeepers in Rawalpindi watching a cricket match between Pakistan and India. PHOTO: AFP / FILE

Shopkeepers in Rawalpindi watching a cricket match between Pakistan and India. PHOTO: AFP / FILE

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday announced it will suspend the licences of media outlets airing Indian content without issuing prior notice.

The media regulator has granted the authority to its chairman, Absar Alam, to revoke or suspend the licenses of companies airing Indian content without any prior notice, a statement said on Tuesday.

The announcement came only a day after the top electronic media regulator requested the federal government on Monday to bring the level of Indian content on Pakistani channels at par with Pakistani media in the hostile South Asian neighbour’s broadcasts.

PEMRA wants Indian content scaled down

Previously, Pakistani channels were allowed to air six percent content during 24-hour transmission cycle. Until the decision by the government, Pemra said, television channels and FM radio stations and cable operators were advised to strictly follow the current policy in this regard.

Pemra recommended that permission to air Indian content in Pakistan should be linked with the Indian government’s decision to allow Pakistani content on Indian channels. Pakistan is taking this decision in the backdrop of recent hateful acts committed by India against Pakistani artists, where they were threatened, harassed and unceremoniously asked to leave the country.

Last month, the media regulator had decided to crackdown on illegal satellite dishes and Indian content being aired across Pakistani television channels and cable networks.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • maarige munir
    Oct 4, 2016 - 4:35PM

    great..it was long overdue…Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Oct 4, 2016 - 4:37PM

    This is a bad decision but fairly positive it was forced upon to them by the Pindi boys. The boys are back in town.Recommend

  • Fast
    Oct 4, 2016 - 5:04PM

    @BrainBro:
    This decision is the whole nation’s decision so no need to worry about our country. Take care of your own.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 4, 2016 - 5:36PM

    We stand with PEMRA in this issue.Recommend

  • Sunny
    Oct 4, 2016 - 7:15PM

    Good decision by PEMRA.Recommend

  • Sunny
    Oct 4, 2016 - 7:15PM

    Good decision by PEMRA.Recommend

  • buga
    Oct 4, 2016 - 8:07PM

    And that accomplishes what? People who perform petty/vindictive actions seldom understand that they do more harm to themselves than those they target. Recommend

  • Danish
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:19PM

    They need to be stopped for good . Suspension is not good enough!Recommend

  • Rehmat Ali
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:23PM

    Till now Indian channels are screened in Gulshan Iqbal Karachi.Recommend

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