The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has imposed a blanket ban on broadcasting live or recorded speeches of former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on all satellite TV channels, Pakistan media reported.
“It has been observed that Mr Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in his speeches/statements is continuously…levelling baseless allegations and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and officers which is prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order and is likely to disturb public peace and tranquillity,” read an order issued by the media regulatory authority on Sunday.
PEMRA said airing hateful, slanderous and unwarranted statements against state institutions is “in sheer violation of Article 19 of the Constitution and a judgment of the Supreme Court”.
It has been observed that such content was telecasted by TV channels without effective utilisation of a time-delay mechanism in violation of provisions of PEMRA laws as well as judgments of the apex courts, the media regulator added, as per The Express Tribune.
“Therefore, the competent authority i.e. Chairman PEMRA…hereby prohibits broadcast/rebroadcast of speech(s)/press talks (recorded or live) of Mr Imran Khan on all satellite TV channels with immediate effect,” read the PEMRA order.
The regulatory body also directed all satellite TV channels to ensure that impartial editorial boards be constituted, as required under Clause 17 of Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisement) Code of Conduct 2015, to ensure their platforms are not used for airing contemptuous remarks or hateful or prejudicial statement against state institutions or in the interest of public law and order.
The authority warned the TV channels that their license would be suspended in case of non-compliance.
PEMRA had prohibited the broadcast and re-broadcast of speeches and press conferences of the PTI chairman in November last year as well, only to be revoked by the federal government the same day.