Pemra to move against channels, cable operators showing Indian content: Absar
Islamabad—Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) is all set to take action against private TV channels, cable operators and satellite dishes screening Indian content. Absar Alam Chairman PEMRA sent this message to all those violating rules and ignoring repeated warnings by PEMRA. Addressing a press conference here Wednesday at Pemra Headquarters, Chairman Pemra announced the authority would take action without any discrimination against all those found violating rules.
“We shall also ensure that the satellite channels would adhere to 6-minute per hour limit of Indian content in future,” he said. Mr Alam also asked the administration of television channels and cable operators to voluntarily follow rule otherwise punitive action would be taken against them from October 15. To a question he said punitive action would range from fines to suspension and revocation of the license depending upon level and recurrence of violations.
He asked the cable operators to immediately stop airing illegal Indian CD channels otherwise strict action will be taken. He said a multi?pronged strategy has been revised to control the import, sale, purchase and use of illegal Indian satellite dishes in the country. He appealed the general public to stop use of illegal Indian dishes as it was violation of the law and against the national interests. To a question, he said under the strategy, help would be sought from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), intelligence agencies and local police to curb this illegal practice. He said that FIA would also be approached for ensuring that the business of illegal Indian dishes is banned. He said that the PEMRA would also write letters to chief ministers of the provinces, chairman Federal Bureau of Revenue in this regard.
He said that 45 days were given to the industry to stop illegal Indian content so that they can adjust their business in time. He said that Pemra will launch its own Direct to Home (DTH) television system by October this year. Absar Alam regretted that so far, popular TV anchors of the country have opted to overlook the subject of Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir. He said that Indian forces were using deadly pellet guns in the occupied Kashmir but none of our news channels has done any talk show to condemn the Kashmiris genocide at the hands of Indian troops in the occupied valley.
He said that Pemra plans to take action against morning shows violating code of conduct. He said that PEMRA in the recent past banned reenactment of crime related incidents, but some channels took a stay order, however Pemra is pursuing to get the stay vacated.