Hum TV fined Rs1 million for airing ‘objectionable’ content

Published: March 31, 2017
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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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Reader Comments (9)

  • BrainBro
    Mar 31, 2017 - 8:09PM

    Soon a woman standing besides a man would be termed as objectionable content. RIP NAP.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Mar 31, 2017 - 8:11PM

    I dont understand double standards of our society. People love to watch indian and english movies and daramas however if the similar stuff is aired by pakistani channels, it becomes objectionable. PEMRA and govt officials need to be more open in terms of social media and stuff that is aired on private channels. We should learn how to adjust ourselves in this age of technology and openess instead of locking us down within our own boundaries of so called cultural values.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Mar 31, 2017 - 11:48PM

    @Jibran:
    Its called hypocrisy. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 31, 2017 - 11:52PM

    How illogical of PEMRA! Typical mind set of typical useless individuals in Pakistan! People need to understand showing taboo does not effect socio-cultural norms of society! In fact far from it! It highlights those realities that take place in our society that “illogical and ignorant” Pakistanis like to think doesn’t exist! It’s even worse that PEMRA has been unable to regulate piracy in the cable market yet likes to place idiotic fines for once again illogical and ignorant reasons! Our society will be eaten up by ignorance and illogical intolerance not by taboo subjects on Hum TV!Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 1, 2017 - 12:49PM

    Islamic Republic should be applied, every filth should be banned. Recommend

  • Saba
    Apr 1, 2017 - 2:49PM

    kudos to HUM TV for airing a important issue of our society. keep it up!Recommend

  • Jibran
    Apr 1, 2017 - 6:00PM

    @Ali
    Islamic republic does not mean that we should stop discussing the issues prevalent in our society. Also in Islamic republic everybody should have freedom to express personal views instead of suppressing individuals and institutions from doing so. Religion is a personal relationship of every person with his God and it does not require any mediation or any external force.Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 4, 2017 - 2:08PM

    @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?Recommend

  • salman
    Apr 5, 2017 - 10:01AM

    Lesbians and homosexuality does exists here as well so any objection over it weird. Recommend

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