ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Wednesday served show cause notices to 17 TV channels for airing ‘unedited live gory images’ of the Bhoja Air plane crash.
The authority has also issued notices to 24 other entertainment TV channels on account of airing indecent, vulgar and unethical programs, advertisements, shows, excessive foreign content and intruding into ‘personal and family’ life of people.
In a warning issued to TV channels, the coverage was termed ‘extremely unethical and irresponsible’.
The authority says that there is no harm in channels trying to take the edge in broadcasting timely and accurate news, but they should not ‘take the lead in indecency or irregularity.’
It says that all channels must realise their responsibilities and define the ‘Dos and Don’ts’.
The channels have also been summoned to show cause and personal hearing under section 20 (c) & (f) of Pemra Ordinance and Rule 15 (1) of Pemra Rules.
Pemra has said that the “coverage of dead, mutilated bodies of victims was horrific and insane.”
The authority has resolved to take punitive action under the laws if such violations are not stopped.