PEMRA directs Samaa TV to apologize for airing untrue remarks against Sarfraz

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ISLAMABAD, June 23 (APP): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory
Authority (PEMRA) has directed Samaa TV management to tender apology to Sarfaraz Ahmed Pakistani Cricket Team Captain and viewers on airing of irresponsible remarks of former Cricketer Aamer Sohail against him during the programme “Mission Oval’.
The management is directed to air the apology on June 25, 2017
in the prime time news bulletin said a press release issued here.
Moreover, the channel is also directed to ensure that text to
the same effect is also scrolled/displayed on the screen when the
apology is aired.
The regulatory authority had received a complaint from
Pakistan Cricket Board, through Brig. Sajid Hameed, Director . &
Admin against Samaa TV.
Subsequently, PEMRA issued a show cause notice to the channel
on June 20, 2017 directing the management of the channel to explain
its position in writing as well as appear for personal hearing on
June 23, 2017.
Later, after hearing the representative of the channel and
analyzing the written reply, it was agreed that the language/words
used by Aamer Sohail against Sarfaraz Ahmed were in violation of
Clauses 3(1)5), 3(13k), 4(7)(a), 4(7)(c), 19 and 22 of the
Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.
On account of airing the content and thus committing violation
of Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015, the channel has not only
been asked to apologize but is also warned to be vigilant on
selection of content/language/conduct in compliance with the Code of
Conduct.
In order to avoid any violation of the Code of Conduct, the
channel is directed to appoint an in-house Committee to monitor the
content before it goes on air and to provide the details to PEMRA
within fourteen days.
Samaa TV is also directed to install time delay mechanism and
properly utilize it, in order to avoid airing of any indecent,
controversial and/or negative language/words.
The channel is warned that in case of non-compliance to the
above decision, the Authority shall proceed against the channel
under section 29 and 30 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 (Amendment Act 2007)
and other enabling provisions of PEMRA laws.