The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) resolved on Monday that freedom of expression should not be allowed to harm state institutions.
The authority decided that ensuring freedom of expression is the foremost obligation of a regulator but nowhere is it allowed to harm state institutions and its functionaries in the garb of freedom of expression and speech, according to a statement issued on Tuesday.
During a meeting, headed by Acting Pemra Chairman Dr Abdul Jabbar, Pemra also urged its licencees to realise their responsibility and exercise self-regulation in the larger national interest.
The meeting also resolved to implement laws related to electronic media, including unconfirmed news, projection of terrorists and discussion on matters related to judiciary and armed forces.
During the meeting, the authority also approved the cancellation of four non-operative FM radio licences of Busy Bee Pvt Ltd.
As per PEMRA law and terms and conditions of FM radio licences, it was mandatory for the company to start operations within a year from the date of issuance of the licence; however, the company had failed to do so.
Moreover, a fine of Rs0.5 million was imposed on Airwaves Media (Pvt) Ltd for an unauthorised change in management.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2012.