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PEMRA bans live coverage of PTI long march

Any channel that violates the directions would face legal action, PEMRA notified

PEMRA bans live coverage of PTI long march, it emerges on Friday.

“Any channel that violates the directions would face legal action,” PEMRA notified

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has imposed a ban on broadcasting live coverage of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf’s long march.

According to the details, PEMRA has also directed all channels to not broadcast live speeches of any of the participants in the PTI’s long march.

Furthermore, the regulatory authority has directed the TV channels not to broadcast any derogatory remarks against institutions.

“Despite warnings, many channels are not installing transmission delaying mechanisms. Anti-institution statements were telecasted today morning, which is a violation of court rulings,” the notification issued on OCT 28 added.

PEMRA said while monitoring today’s transmission, it was observed during a speech “statements against state institutions were aired live” in violation of the code of conduct and court orders.

PEMRA has directed television channels to refrain from “airing content that [is] tantamount to malign/ disgrace state institutions (advertently or inadvertently) and to sensitize their editorial boards, directors (new and programming), bureaus and field reporters” to comply with these directives.

PTI’s Long March kicked off from Liberty Chowk, Lahore after facing some delays on Friday evening.

The march is expected to enter Islamabad on November 4.

This is the second such march by PTI Chief Imran Khan this year.

The first was on May 25 and fizzled out after PTI reached the Red Zone.

 

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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