Dr Danish

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

Fine has been paid .

Summary of Case

"On 1st Feb, 2020 The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has imposed a fine of Rs1 million on Channel 92 for ""airing defamatory content"" against Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Bukhari in October last year. Pemra noted that the media house had violated Clause 22 (1) of the Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisement) Code of Conduct, 2015, by airing false allegations against Mr Bukhari in its two programmes Jawab Chahiye, hosted by Dr. Danish, and News Report aired on Oct 17 and 18, respectively. Issuing censure for airing baseless and defamatory material against Mr Bukhari without any evidence and providing him an opportunity to defend himself, Pemra warned the channel and the anchorperson of strict action against airing such defamatory news programme against anybody in future. The decision was taken by Pemra on the recommendations of its council of complaints, Islamabad, which heard the arguments of the SAPM and M/s Galaxy Broadcasting Network (Pvt) Ltd, during its 65th meeting. The authority advised the channel to ensure compliance of its decision within seven days of issuance of the notification. Mr Bukhari appeared before the council in person along with his legal team while Usama Shamas, Aftab Bajwa and Sohail Bhatti represented the channel during the hearing. Mr Bukhari, in its complaint lodged with Pemra on Oct 29, 2019, had contended that anchorperson Dr Danish did a concocted and fabricated show against him on Channel-92 which was factually incorrect and based on lies. According to Mr. Zulfi the anchorperson was totally wrong about everything in his one-hour talk show including screening of incorrect facts, onshore company portrayed as offshore firm, misrepresentation of facts mentioned in the documents, misquoted facts with regard to a concluded inquiry in the National Accountability Bureau and his status as dual national. Mr Bukhari said he was portrayed as a traitor by the anchor by questioning his loyalty to Pakistan, and termed a security risk and compared with Hussain Haqqani. Urging the channel and anchorperson to tender a public apology, the SAPM said such accusations had damaged his reputation."

Category of Incident

Censorship

ICCS Status

ICCS Divisions: 0803-Acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression

ICCS Group: 08039-Other acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression

ICCS Class: N/A

ICCS Crime: Acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression

Reported By

Dawn

Date of incident

1

Month

February

Year

2020

Name of affected person

Dr Danish

Other affected persons

No other person affected

Name of affected organization

92 News

Other affected organizations

No other organization affected

Action by

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)

City

Nationwide

Province

Nationwide

Designation

Show host

Professional category

Journalist

Age of victim

N/A

Marital Status

N/A

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FIR Details

Was FIR registered ?: No

Court Details

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Journalist Union Status

PFUJ

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APNS

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CPNE

N/A

PBA

N/A

Media Source Status

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Condemn Status

Colleague of victim

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Employer organization

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Press Club Status

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