Fake news of Gulberg blast
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued show cause notices to 27 private TV channels over defiance of PEMRA’s orders of March 3, 2017. These channels were directed to air apology on March 6, 2017 from 6.0 p.m. to 7 p.m. to the viewers for telecasting fake news of Gulberg blast on Feb 23, 2017. However they did not comply with the order and only two channels out of 29 did according to PEMRA Authority’s directions of March 3, 2017.
On the said date, PEMRA’s Authority in its 126th Meeting had directed these channels to air apology on March 6, 2017 between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for telecasting fake news about Gulberg Lahore bomb blast dated February 23, 2017. However, these channels did not comply with the orders of the Authority. For defying PEMRA’s order these TV channels have been directed to submit a reply within seven days i.e. by March 15, 2017 and explain why appropriate legal action may not be initiated against them.
With regard to airing apology, only two TV channels Kohinoor TV and Channel-5 complied with the Authority’s orders. The 27 channels which defied PEMRA’s orders and have been issued show cause notices, are: ARY News, Khyber News, 92 Channel, Dunya TV, SAMAA TV, Metro One, Geo News, Awaz TV, Jaag TV, Abb Takk, Roze TV, Dawn News, Mehran TV, 7News, Lahore News, Neo TV, Capital TV, Sach TV, Sindh TV News, Express News, Din News, Waqt TV, KTN News, News One, 24 Channel, Bol News, and K-21.
In the 126th Authority Meeting, PEMRA had also imposed a fine of Rs. 1 million on each national private TV channel and Rs. 500,000/- on each regional TV. The fine amount has to be deposited within three weeks of the date of the issuance of the PEMRA’s Authority decision i.e. March 3, 2017.