Friday, June 24, 2016

Pemra tells court certain ads not permissible under its code

Posted By: aftab hussain - 1:04 AM


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LAHORE: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Thursday told the Lahore High Court that advertisements of hakeems, black magic and pornography were not permissible under its code of conduct devised in 2015.
This was stated in a written reply submitted on behalf of Pemra’s Regional General Manager (Lahore) during hearing of a petition filed by Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed who challenged levy of PTV fee in electricity bills and exhibition of indecent advertisements, dramas and entertainment programmes on private cable television channels.
The reply stated that the allegations levelled in the petition were general in nature as no specific licensee (channel) was identified who allegedly violated Pemra’s code of conduct. “However it doesn’t mean that the electronic media is unfettered and unbridled. Objectionable advertisements are also not permissible under Pemra rules,” the authority said in the reply.
Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah directed Pemra to strictly ensure implementation of its code of conduct and clamp down on channels and cable operators showing pornography, black magic and quackery through advertisements and television commercials.
The judge also expressed concern at recovery of Rs50 as PTV fee in the electricity bills without any legal protection.
A deputy attorney general failed to give a satisfactory reply on the matter and the judge directed the PTV managing director to furnish a reasonable reply on next hearing on June 29.
Earlier, Advocate Sheraz Zaka argued on behalf of the opposition leader that the information ministry was in the doldrums as it was not taking cognizance of the fact that the cable operators were blatantly violating the Pemra code of conduct 2015 and showing Indian porn stars in their private channels, which was despicable and tarnishing the morals of youth.
The counsel argued that the cable operators were blatantly violating the “Indecent Advertisement Act” and core values of Islamic state by showing Indian porn stars in products’ promotion. He said the PTV fee levied by the information ministry recovered through electricity bills was illegal and confiscatory.

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