No re-enactment of crime shows from Ist Ramazan

Islamabad—Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Friday decided to ban re-enactment of crime shows, raids violating privacy of the people, telecast names of rape victims on electronic media from first of Ramazan.
Addressing a press conference here, Chairman PEMRA, Absar Alam said that the Authority had been receiving complaints from the viewers about telecast of murder/robbery/suicide incidents especially re-enactments of such criminal activities and programmes depicting violation of human rights granted in the Constitution.
He said that PEMRA Authority had given the powers to its chairman to suspend licences of those channels, which made such violations after the advent of Ramazan. “Neither the news and current affairs channels nor the entertainment channels would be allowed to telecast re-enactment or drama scenes of such crimes as law enforce-ment agencies have reported that countless youth, involved in crimes, have disclosed that they learned the methods of crime from TV screen”, the Chairman said.
He also said that Punjab Assembly through a resolution, Islamabad High Court through its verdict and Na-tional Assembly and senate standing committees have also advised the Authority to take stern action against such violations.
He said that in future there would also be a ban on revealing the name and telecast footage of a rape victim and airing of interviews of her relatives.
Absar Alam said that proprietors of satellite channels have been reminded time and again about such viola-tions but unfortunately they paid no heed. He said that the Authority after thorough deliberations on the issue in various meetings decided to take stern actio against such violators impose ban on such programmes.
He clarified that this ban would not affect investigative reporting within the ambit of constitution, journalistic ethics and terms of conditions in this regard would be notified very soon. He clarified that this ban would not affect the freedom of expression granted in Article 19 of the Constitution.—APP

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