THE muzzling of the media is becoming extra brazen, more dictatorial by way of the day. No longer is there even any pretence of a stage playing area for media retailers.

some hours after Maryam Nawaz’s explosive press conference on Saturday, in which she claimed that the judge who convicted Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference were blackmailed into doing so, Pemra issued display-cause notices to 21 television channels for airing the “unedited stay telecast” of the occasion.

. The very subsequent day, 3 news channels had been taken off air, prompting the Pakistan Broadcasters affiliation to difficulty a strongly-worded declaration. Denouncing the arbitrary movement, taken with out “assigning a reason or giving [the channels] a hearing”, it demanded Pemra repair the published without delay.

it is ironic for a regulatory body to not be following its very own SOPs — that too whilst making flimsy allegations approximately the ‘offending’ channels having violated the electronic media’s code of behavior.

In fact, one ought to more plausibly argue that Pemra is responsible of breaching its mandate, which includes increasing the selection to be had to the public for having access to the news and optimising the “loose flow of statistics”.

certainly, the regulator appears to have come to be a handmaiden to the repressive forces micro-managing print and digital media.

about a week ago, former president Asif Zardari’s interview was taken off air a few minutes after it had started, one in all several recent instances in which stay transmissions were cut off or abruptly suspended without any clarification.

subjects have reached a important factor; regrettably, self-censorship is facilitating the sinister marketing campaign in opposition to press freedom.

In a difficult-hitting statement it surpassed on Monday, PFUJ, the national affiliation of reporters, said that a few media proprietors “on the way to defend and sell their economic self-interest appear to be participating with the authorities…”.

A divided media is all of the more prone to being coerced and hounded into submission; this is one in all many excellent motives for the media to forge unity among its ranks. Capitulation need to no longer be an choice.

posted in sunrise, July 10th, 2019