Media coverage: PEMRA orders trance of restricted groups

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Directs broadcasters to refrain from airing any ads job for donations. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Directs broadcasters to refrain from airing any ads job for donations. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Authorities on Monday called on broadcasters to refrain from covering dozens of criminialized groups, including Jamaatud Dawa, a purported free wing of a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) belligerent organization blamed by a Indians for a 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The sequence follows a introduction progressing this year of a National Action Plan opposite terrorism destined during reining in militancy inside a nation after Taliban gunmen methodically killed some-more than 150 pupils and staff during a Army Public School in Peshawar in late 2014.

The gauge released by a Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) prohibits broadcasters from covering a activities of 72 opposite outlawed groups, including JuD. The LeT has been blamed for carrying out a attacks in a Indian financial collateral in 2008 that killed 166 people.

“All satellite TV channels/FM radio licencees are therefore particularly destined not to give any kind of coverage to any restricted organisation, including Jamaatud Dawa, Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, Lashkar-e-Taiba,” Pemra said.

The Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation is tied to a JuD and has participated in inundate and trembler service in new years, including operations following final week’s 7.5-magnitude upheaval that killed 272 people in Pakistan.

The regulatory physique pronounced media organisations contingency refrain from broadcasting any announcement job for donations to criminialized organisations. The gauge also prohibits outlets from broadcasting any programme that could potentially stimulate assault or is unjust to a upkeep of law and order.

Pemra combined that non-compliance would plead authorised movement that could outcome in fines or a intensity stop of a broadcaster’s licence. The sequence was released following a examination of a 20-point National Action Plan.

The TV channels attributed a news to a interior ministry, that denied it, observant that legally it can't emanate any instructions to Pemra. A orator regretted that notwithstanding steady clarifications, news channels were attributing a media trance instructions to a interior ministry.

Published in The Express Tribune, Nov 3rd, 2015.

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