A statement issued by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday carried a warning for all TV channels against airing unverified news or analysis themed around the Pakistan Army or its relationship with the civilian government.
Pemra, in its latest statement, made it clear that all news and current affairs TV channels, including its employees, panellists and anchorpersons, shall not divulge in discussing unverified news or analysis pertaining to the country’s civil-military relations without confirmation from the concerned institution.
The content, Pemra maintains, would be especially problematic if it accuses the military of something, tarnishes its ‘image’, or if it encourages anyone to take extra-constitutional measures.
“Those found in violation of the new Pemra guideline would be charged under Section 27 of the Pemra Ordinance 2002,” the press release stated.
Earlier this week, the Pemra chairman was assured of the Army chief’s support in dealing with threats that the media watchdog employees were allegedly facing.