PEMRA chairman announces crackdown against illegal Indian content on satellite channels, cable networks

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 31 (APP): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has decided to launch a crackdown against illegal Indian satellite dishes and illegal Indian content on Satellite television channels and cable networks.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday at PEMRA
Headquarters, Chairman PEMRA Absar Alam announced that the authority will ensure that the satellite channels adhere to six minutes per hour limit of Indian content in future.

He asked the administration of television channels and
cable operators to voluntarily follow the rule, adopted during Musharraf era, otherwise punitive action will be taken from October 15.

To a question, he said that punitive action will start
from fines and may include suspension and revocation of the license after repeated violations.

He asked cable operators to immediately stop airing
illegal Indian CD channels, otherwise strict action will be taken.

He said that multi pronged strategy has been devised
to control the import, sale, purchase and use of illegal Indian satellite dishes in the country.

He appealed to the general public to stop use of illegal
Indian dishes as it was violation of the law and against the national interests.

To a question, he said under the strategy, help
of Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, intelligence agencies, local police has been taken to curb this illegal practice.

He said that FIA will also be approached for ensuring
that the business of illegal Indian dishes is banned. He said that the PEMRA will write letters to chief ministers of the provinces, chairman Federal Bureau of Revenue in this regard.

He said that 45 days are given to the industry to
stop illegal Indian content so that they can adjust their business in time.

He said that PEMRA will launch its own Direct to Home
(DTH) television system by October this year.

He expressed disappointment over the attitude of some
anchor persons, who held many programmes to severely criticizing constitution, democratic system and other state institutions representing Pakistan and did not hold even a single programme over the Indian atrocities and massive human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

He said that Indian forces are using deadly pellet guns
in the Occupied Kashmir but some anchor persons who do programmes on minor issues, have not done any talk show to condemn the Kashmiris’ genocide at the hands of Indian troops in the occupied valley.

He said that PEMRA plans to take action against morning
shows violating code of conduct. He said that PEMRA in the recent past banned reenactment of crime related incidents, but some channels obtained a stay order, however PEMRA has devised a strategy to get the stay vacated.