PEMRA directs TV channels not to air dramas with 'indecent content'

By APP
Published: January 8, 2019
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Directive comes after viewers slam content for 'going against accepted standards of decency'. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Directive comes after viewers slam content for 'going against accepted standards of decency'. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: After receiving complaints from viewers, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has directed all channels not to air television dramas containing ‘indecent content’.

“Such content is not only distressing for viewers but is also against the commonly accepted standards of decency,” the media regulatory body stated in a notification issued on Tuesday.

The notification further adds that Pemra has been receiving massive public complaints on Pakistan Citizen Portal (PCP), Pemra Complaints Call Center and Feedback System as well as through social media and Whatsapp.

PEMRA to suspend channels airing Indian content

The directive comes after viewers slammed content shown in dramas which are depicting indecent scenes, extramarital relations, violence, inappropriate dressing, rape scenes, use of drugs and alcohol and physical intimacy.

In order to be safe from any violation, all television channels are required to stop airing such content in dramas and produce content in consonance with the socio-cultural norms as per aspirations of our society.

The TV channels are advised to ensure compliance of provisions laid down in Pemra laws and the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 9, 2019 - 1:23AM

    that sounds responsible . A large part of the character of the country is designed and led by TV and film shows . Recommend

  • Farah Khan
    Jan 9, 2019 - 10:58AM

    Nothing will happen to them i am sure. Many such notices have been served to them in the past but that didn’t stop the channels from airing such content. We need proper legislation regarding the blockage of Indian content along with the PAK dramas who take inspiration from them.Recommend

  • MirFareed
    Jan 9, 2019 - 11:27AM

    This is worse censorship than the days of one-channel PTV of the 80s.Recommend

  • Hadi
    Jan 9, 2019 - 3:22PM

    Good, ban all Illuminati dramas.Recommend

  • M. Ali
    Jan 9, 2019 - 3:29PM

    In addition to the mentioned types of content, Channels must also ensure that negative portrayal of the family setup is also not shown. Themes such as arguments and feuds between family members, especially wives and their mother-in-law propagate negativity and give bad ideas to viewers.Recommend

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