'Gory, indecent, vulgar': PEMRA issues notices to 41 channels

Published: April 25, 2012
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Notices issued to channels for airing 'unedited live gory images' of a private plane crash.

Notices issued to channels for airing 'unedited live gory images' of a private plane crash.

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.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Umer
    Apr 25, 2012 - 5:47PM

    PEMRA should also complain when Mullahs do vulgar speeches inciting extremism or even violence over media.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 25, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Hand them penalty of Rs.10,000 for every second of the gore they broadcasted. Send out copies of who paid what to every media agency in Pakistan to make a point.

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  • Hasan Awan
    Apr 25, 2012 - 6:00PM

    The notice taken by PEMRA is commendable. In any news Coverage we must define ‘Dos and Don’ts’ and that is how things should work in media.

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  • fasih
    Apr 25, 2012 - 6:07PM

    good!

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  • rabia
    Apr 25, 2012 - 6:11PM

    nothing wud happen. these channels wont stop an pemra wont do anything. and if any action wud be taken the companies wud cry of conspiracy. this is getting really sick and no matter wat the ‘youth’ say on the internet nothing wud happen in real

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  • The Truth
    Apr 25, 2012 - 6:12PM

    @ Fully agreed with Hasan Awan and Fully disagree with @ Umer.

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  • Najam
    Apr 25, 2012 - 6:42PM

    Almost all of the Pakistani news channels have roots in print media which used to print similar images even before they were granted permission to run TV channels. They are just following their “tradition”. But I don’t get the idea of playing sad music at the background to make the story more tragic.

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  • Lobster
    Apr 25, 2012 - 7:08PM

    @Umer:
    The ‘M’ in PEMRA is not for Mullah!

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  • Saad
    Apr 25, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Thank God!

    It was the most horrible coverage of the plane crash ever aimed at infusing a mass anguish and pain at the general public. They kept on showing the bridal wear of the deceased couple, shoes of the kids and kept on questioning aggrieved relatives.

    I think the media succeeded in making millions of mothers all over Pakistan cry for days.

    It couldn’t have been more vulgar, which I would like to tell another journalist who clearly is misusing the general perception of its usage does not mean nudity.

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  • Apr 25, 2012 - 7:49PM

    I think we should give credit to PEMRA here..they deserve it..It was horrible to see media showing crocodile tears just for the sake of ratings..

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  • Uzair Javaid
    Apr 25, 2012 - 7:57PM

    Its People like Umer, who have become the “yo boys” and “dudes” around town. Liberal elite in themselves. Either its an Islamic country or just merge back with india which got segmented as Muslims wanted an ISLAMIC state. If you are that embarrassed of being Muslims, or your version of Islam says, “dude just do whatever you feel like”, than i am sorry thats just not Islam. Side with it or else just dont disgrace Islam for it is what it is.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 25, 2012 - 8:14PM

    @Uzair Javaid: Side with exactly? I don’t know what Islam you are talking of but the islam I know does not condone hatred, discrimination and intolerance that Umer suggests we need to cap.

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  • Vigilant
    Apr 25, 2012 - 8:15PM

    Good move…..should be some limits of non-sense aired by TV channels

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  • DevilHunterX
    Apr 25, 2012 - 8:16PM

    Ban Indian movies! Major source of vulgarism and bad acting.

    Then ban all political rallies coverage! Major source of bad singing and dancing.

    Then ban everything! Problem solved?

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  • munchkin bob
    Apr 25, 2012 - 9:28PM

    sorry, but that’s not going to make any difference. in 2009 i remember a number of private tv channels — some names as i remember were Dawn, Geo, and ARY, etc. — signed with mutual understanding a code of conduct pertaining to the coverage of terrorism. they agreed that the media should be ethical to cover any terrorism event in Pakistan. but guess what? none followed the very code of conduct that they themselves deduced and signed. it is pretty hopeless unless they are charged with some heavy penalty imposed on them as a punishment, and then it is made sure strictly that they do really pay the imposed fine!

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 25, 2012 - 9:32PM

    A very timely action taken by PEMRA. I would further request to publish names of those Media Houses/Channels. I would rather ask for heavy penalties even against those channels which spread religious intolerance and hate against others.

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  • Shahid
    Apr 25, 2012 - 11:58PM

    Where is the list of Channels which have been issued notices?

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  • ayesha_khan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:11AM

    @Uzair Javaid: “Its People like Umer, who have become the “yo boys” and “dudes” around town. Liberal elite in themselves. Either its an Islamic country or just merge back with india which got segmented as Muslims wanted an ISLAMIC state. If you are that embarrassed of being Muslims, or your version of Islam says, “dude just do whatever you feel like”, than i am sorry thats just not Islam”

    He did not say ban mullahs frommedia. He said Ban hate speeches and calls for violence by mulahs on media. As far as what Iwas taught, Islam is a religion of peace. I feel that those hate speeches and calls for violence are anti-Islamic. Do you agree? If yes, then he is asking to ban something that is anti-Islamic.

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  • rafalizban
    Apr 28, 2012 - 4:25AM

    @Umer what is all this mullah rubbish. Please Mr.Umer if u r so enraged by Maulvi sahabs, go talk to them. I guarantee you dont even go for Friday prayers because I suppose u hate the Imams too. Go face them and talk to them and dont be a coward to write bad about Islamic scholars by hiding behind your computer screen. Go confront them if u have the guts or r u too scared that everything will say from their mouths will hurt you and make you realize what a guilty life you are living.

    Enough is enough!

    PREMA has taken the initiative to do something good and to bring a change and lets all be happy and appreciate this move and hope for better national broadcasts.

    Everything has been made into a joke in this country.

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