THE muzzling of the media is becoming greater brazen, greater dictatorial by the day. Now not is there even any pretence of a level gambling area for media stores.

some hours after Maryam Nawaz’s explosive press convention on Saturday, wherein she claimed that the choose who convicted Nawaz Sharif inside the Al-Azizia reference had been blackmailed into doing so, Pemra issued display-reason notices to 21 television channels for airing the “unedited stay telecast” of the event.

. The very next day, three news channels were taken off air, prompting the Pakistan Broadcasters affiliation to difficulty a strongly-worded assertion. Denouncing the arbitrary motion, taken with out “assigning a purpose or giving [the channels] a hearing”, it demanded Pemra repair the printed without delay.

it is ironic for a regulatory frame to now not be following its very own SOPs — that too at the same time as making flimsy allegations approximately the ‘offending’ channels having violated the electronic media’s code of conduct.

In fact, one should greater plausibly argue that Pemra is guilty of breaching its mandate, which incorporates increasing the selection available to the general public for having access to the news and optimising the “free waft of facts”.

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

approximately every week in the past, former president Asif Zardari’s interview became taken off air a couple of minutes after it had all started, one in all numerous recent times wherein live transmissions had been reduce off or unexpectedly suspended with none clarification.

matters have reached a vital factor; sadly, self-censorship is facilitating the sinister campaign against press freedom.

In a hard-hitting assertion it exceeded on Monday, PFUJ, the countrywide association of newshounds, said that a few media proprietors “in an effort to defend and sell their monetary self-hobby seem to be collaborating with the authorities…”.

A divided media is all the extra susceptible to being coerced and hounded into submission; that is one of many excellent motives for the media to forge unity among its ranks. Capitulation have to now not be an alternative.

posted in sunrise, July tenth, 2019