PEMRA has banned the broadcast of speeches and interviews of criminals and fugitives

PEMRA has banned the broadcast of speeches and interviews of criminals and fugitives

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has banned the speeches of criminals and fugitives on TV channels immediately after the speech of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The PEMRA notice read, “In particular, a self-explanatory complaint has been received from Mr. Muhammad Azhar Siddique against various news channels which aired interviews / speeches / public addresses of a fugitive or enraged criminal.”

PEMRA said that after investigating the complaint, it was found that the news channels were violating the previous directive of the authority which was issued on May 27, 2019.

The notification reminded the news channels that they are bound by the PEMRA rules as well as the parameters laid down in PLD 2019 Supreme Council 1 and PLD 2016 Karachi 238. A copy of the provisions of the Ordinance was attached to this notification:

Article 4 (10) of the Code of Conduct is very important because by discussing and reviewing the contents of a program before it is broadcast or recorded, the licensee may ensure that the contents of such program Must be ethical. Therefore, licensors can ensure that programs on subjudice issues are broadcast in an informative manner and are handled objectively. [Clause 4(3)absconders.”

Nawaz says cannot stay silent anymore

Earlier today, Nawaz had called out the government for what he termed its “dual standards of accountability”, saying that he can “no longer remain quiet” on the matter.

“Nawaz Sharif is not made of the kind of stuff that can stand remaining quiet on dual standards of accountability,” he said via video link, adding that “no one should try to silence him”.

He said that although Prime Minister Imran Khan “is to blame” for the country’s current state, “it is those who brought him into power who are truly responsible”.

“They will have to answer,” Nawaz said.

As he began his address, he spoke of how it had been a long time since such an address had taken place. “I am addressing you all after a long time. And in these two-and-a-half years we have all endured much.”

“But it is with God’s grace we are seeing each other now,” Nawaz had said.

“When I look at the state the country is in, it saddens me deeply,” the former prime minister had stated. “We were on such a great path to progress and look at where we are now.”

Nawaz said he sees a world of a difference between the Pakistan of a few years ago and the one before us now. “I do not understand why this has happened.”

“We were so prosperous until 2018. Our tenure lasted 2013-2018 and with your prayers and God’s mercy and your support from 2013-2017, I was prime minister,” he had said.

“Me and my team who are sitting here and also those not here, such as Shahbaz Sharif who is in jail, paying for crimes not committed — together, we were changing the fate of Pakistan.”

“These are not empty words, you yourself have witnessed the fruits of our efforts,” Nawaz said.

PM Imran had allowed Nawaz Sharif’s speech

Earlier, it was revealed that Prime Minister Imran Khan had allowed for the PML-N supremo’s first speech since he went into exile in London, to be aired on TV channels last month.

Sources told Geo News that PM Imran had rejected the suggestion from his aides to write a letter to PEMRA in order to block the transmission of Nawaz’s speech on media.

It is pertinent to mention here that a day prior to this development, government had said that it would use the PEMRA and other laws to take action if the former prime minister’s address to the APC was broadcast.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication, Dr Shahbaz Gill, had said that it was not possible that an “absconding criminal” takes part in political activities and gives speeches.

“The Sharif family can tell nothing but lies. They are such [habitual] He had said that he lied that he had also lied about the disease.

IHC issues non-bailable arrest warrant for Nawaz

Nawaz Sharif’s non-bailable arrest warrants were issued last month during the hearing of the Islamabad High Court’s (former prime minister’s) plea for exemption from appearing in court.

In a brief judgment, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the IHC remarked that the PML-N supremo had given a reason for seeking bail to go to the UK, but neither did his surgery. rent.

“Our bail has expired, which has its own implications,” the judge said during a hearing at the IHC on a request to cancel Nawaz’s bail in the Avonfield property reference.

Non-bailable arrest warrants were issued on September 22 to ensure the appearance of the PML-N leader at the next hearing.

‘No one is a fugitive’

During the hearing, the court had asked how the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) appeal would be heard. The court remarked, “Do we announce the decision without hearing the other side?”

NAB Additional Prosecutor General Jahanzeb Khan Bharwana had said that the court could appoint a legal counsel to represent Nawaz.

“Then this principle will also apply to the appeals filed by Nawaz Sharif,” the court shot Bharwana, who had said that the PML-N supremo was not his but a fugitive and was present before the judge.

“I am sorry but no one has escaped before the court yet,” Nawaz Sharif’s defense lawyer Khawaja Harris told the NAB prosecutor general.


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