Hum TV fined Rs1 million for airing ‘objectionable’ content

Pemra took action after channel aired episode from drama series "Kitni Girhein Baqi Hein"


News Desk March 31, 2017
The channel aired an episode of "Chew Gum" for its drama series "Kitni Girhein Baqi Hein" having “indecent content". PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday imposed a fine of Rs1 million on Hum TV for airing “objectionable clips” in one of its drama series.

According to the new Pemra press release, after a number of complaints from the general public, a show-cause notice was sent to Hum TV on February 20th, 2017, seeking an explanation within seven days.

The channel on January 29th, 2017, aired an episode by the title of "Chew Gum" for its drama series "Kitni Girhein Baqi Hein" having “objectionable content”, following which a show-cause notice was issued to the Eye Television Network Pvt Limited later in February, said the Pemra.

After hearing Hum TV’s representatives, analysing their written reply and reviewing the objectionable clips, a personal hearing committee unanimously agreed that the content was in violation of the clauses 3(1)(a), 3(1)(e), 12 and 17 of the Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct, 2015.

PEMRA slaps 5-day ban on 'Geo Pakistan' for airing ‘objectionable content’

“Thus on account of the airing of the episode "Chew Gum" in the drama serial "Kitni Girhein Baqi Hein" having indecent content… a fine of Rs 1,000,000 (rupees one million) is imposed on Hum TV, payable within three weeks from the issuance of this decision,” said the press release.

It added that the channel was also warned to be more vigilant on the selection of the theme of its dramas or soaps, keeping in view the provisions of Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015, socio-cultural norms and values of the country.

Earlier today, Pemra handed Geo News a Rs1 million fine and also put a five-day ban on its morning show ‘Geo Pakistan’ for airing objectionable/indecent content.

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Khan | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Ali: Could you please explain what religion has got to do with a country? Religion is a personal matter of an individual and his belief which was never meant to be for the state to be forcefully applied to people and restrictions on them. Does your religion also says that the country will be asked questions on the day of judgement?
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