ISLAMABAD: The electronic media regulator has counseled all satellite tv channels no longer to “demean individuals representing numerous political events and law enforcement businesses via caricatures, lively characters, photo-shopped pictures and funny memes”.
despite the fact that the primary sufferers of such portrayal in the electronic media are the PPP and the PML-N, these events keep that such advisories need to not be used to muzzle the media.
the advice by way of Pemra over “airing satirical content material” says: “Public is of the view that channels within the news and present day affairs genre are selling such ironic fashion that's denigrating leadership of the united states and tarnishing their influence nationally and the world over.
Pemra went on to mention: “All satellite television channels are therefore suggested to chorus from airing any content which is demeaning, creates hatred against any person or mocks any personality associated with any political celebration or law enforcement corporation.”
Pemra has also said that channel control need to be cautious in selection of words and gestures while growing contents or memes.
Pemra said it had acquired lawsuits approximately such contents as public sentiments are hurt whilst the u . S .’s leadership is demeaned.
The electronic media regulator has additionally warned that airing of such contents is a violation of section 20(f) of Pemra ordinance 2002 rules 15(1) of Pemra policies 2009 and clause three(1) — (e,f,l), four (7)(c), 4 (10),5,12,13 &17 of digital media (programmes & commercial) Code of conduct 2015.
however, PPP secretary preferred Farhatullah Babar has questioned the timing of the Pemra advisory and stated all the clauses indexed within the word had already existed.
“these aren't new legal guidelines while the exercise of making mockery of politicians is likewise not new in the united states — so why difficulty the advisory now,” Mr Babar wondered.
He delivered that making fun of politicians is historically an customary norm the world over, ‘and it's also suited too’, but the timing appears doubtful.
“My droop is [that it] is to guard the incumbent high minister Imran Khan from the identical that became faced via others,” Mr Babar added. “My fear is that such exercise might give an excessive amount of discretionary powers to Pemra — which isn't always accurate even for democracy.”
The PML-N facts secretary, Marrium Aurangzeb, stated caricaturing of politicians changed into suitable, however social values must be respected.
“There needs to be a restriction to things, and media needs to be accountable too,” she stated. “Media is evolving and it is time to grow up now.”
published in , June 14th, 2019