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Pemra suspends a license for TV channels

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The Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (Pemra) suspended TV channel 24NewsHD’s license with “immediate effect” for “airing hate inciting content” during a special Muharram transmission, which emerged on Monday.

The regulatory body said in a press release dated 30 August that it had issued an advisory to all television channels on 20 August, ordering them “not to air material that would harm inter-faith harmony or which was based on sectarianism and inciting hate”.

It said TV channel 24NewsHD — which is part of Central Media Network Private Limited — aired “hate content during its special transmission of Muharram 10 without exercising any editorial control” thus violating Pemra policies.

The authority added that it received complaints (in respect of transmission) after which it took “prompt action” and suspended the channel license according to section 30(3) of the Pemra Ordinance.

According to the release, Pemra also released a show-cause notice to the channel directing them to respond within 14 days.”The channel has been given the opportunity to present its stance according to the law,” it said.

However, its license will remain suspended until the investigation is concluded, Pemra said.

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