No person affected

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

Channel's transmission resumed after verbal talks in between PEMRA and Neo News. DN and BC don't know regarding the paid fine as well as legal team denied to share information.

Summary of Case

"On May 6th, 2020 The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) suspended the license of NEO TV after the expiry of its show-cause notice period as the transmissions by the channel were found to be illegal. PEMRA has said that due to the non-compliance of license terms and conditions and the orders of the authority, PEMRA suspended the license given to M/s Fun Infotainment Pvt Ltd NEO TV with immediate effect. The channel had obtained a license only for airing entertainment programmes but since its inception, the management used to air news and current affairs content, ignoring Pemra’s directives and notices to abide by the agreement. “Authority had directed NEO TV to stop violation of license category by airing news and current affairs programmes (which amounts to contravening the PEMRA laws) and revert back to its approved programming content that is entertainment programming in accordance with the terms and conditions of the license,” the statement issued by PEMRA said. However, NEO TV challenged the directives of PEMRA at the Islamabad High Court soon after its launch in 2015 and demanded that the authority change the category from entertainment to news and current affairs, but PEMRA maintained that the official policy did not permit it. The case was dismissed in March 2020 by the Islamabad High Court which upheld PEMRA’s decision. After the delay of around one month, PEMRA directed NEO TV to revert to its original content and final determination order was issued on April 28, 2020 if the channel did not revert to its approved programming within one week. Before On April,30,20,PEMRA had directed NEO TV to stop violation of content category i.e airing news and current affairs programs(which amounts to contravening the PEMRA Laws) and revert back to its approved programming content i.e. Entertainment in accordance with the terms and conditions of the license. However NEO TV failed to adhere to the same and challenged the decision of PEMRA before Honorable Islamabad High Court. The Honorable Islamabad High Court dismissed the channels plea for change of category to News and Current Affairs and upheld PEMRA’s decision. NEO TV has been provided ample opportunity to revert back to its original content but the channel is in continuous blatant violation of PEMRA directives. Furthermore once again the channel is directed to immediately revert back to its original programming i.e Entertainment and share it’s FPC with PEMRA within 7 days. In case of non-compliance and repeated violation strict legal action shall be initiated against the licensee under PEMRA Ordinance. Besides on violation of PEMRA laws a fine of One Million is also imposed. Beareau Cheif of Neo TV confirmed that the transmission has been resumed, matter resolved and NEO TV is still airing the news content. "

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,Daily Times

Date of incident

6

Month

May

Year

2020

Name of affected person

No person affected

Other affected persons

No other person affcted

Name of affected organization

NEO TV

Other affected organizations

No other organization affected

Action by

Pakistan electronic Media Authority (PEMRA)

City

Karachi

Province

Sindh

Designation

Not Applicable

Professional category

Not Applicable

Age of victim

Not Applicable

Marital Status

N/A

Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: N/A

Date of compensation announcement by government: N/A

Date of compensation paid by government: N/A

Amount of compensation announced by others: N/A

Date of compensation announced by others: N/A

Date compensation paid by others: N/A

FIR Details

Was FIR registered ?: No

Court Details

Was case investigated ?: N/A

Court where case was presented: N/A

Name of prosecuting lawyer: N/A

Date of first court hearing:

Date of last court hearing:

Status of court case: N/A

Journalist Union Status

PFUJ

PFUJ Condenm

APNS

Not Applicable

CPNE

Not Applicable

PBA

Not Applicable

Condemn Status

Colleague of victim

Not Applicable

Employer organization

Not Applicable

Press Club Status

Press club 1: N/A

Press club 2: N/A

Press club 3: N/A