Not Applicable

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

Case Closed Because channel restored it's trsansmission on July 7 on the orders of LHC

Summary of Case

"On July 3, 2020 Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) suspended the license of 24 News over illegal transmission. In a notification, the regulator stated that Value TV holding license for entertainment content was persistently, illegally, and unlawfully airing news and current affairs in violation of PEMRA laws. PEMRA said, 24 News was provided ample opportunities to revert to its original content. However, the licensee failed to comply with the orders of the authority to switch to its original programming of entertainment. A show cause notice was also issued on May 7, 2020 but the channel defended its stance and continued airing news and current affairs content. “A final order is issued today whereby, license conferred to M/s. Central Media Network Pvt. Ltd. Value TV illegally using the name as 24 News is suspended with immediate effect till the time it reverts back to its original programming mix.” Shahzada Zulfiqar, President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Nasir Zaidi, Secretary-General strongly condemned the suspension of transmission and urged PEMRA to immediately withdraw the order as the channel had been operational for a long time and hundreds of employees may face job cuts due to this uncalled for suspension. In a statement, Karachi Press Club (KPC) President Mohammad Imtiaz Khan Faran, Secretary Arman Sabir and other office-holders and workers ""strongly condemned"" PEMRA's decision to suspend the license and demanded its restoration. The statement said that the media industry was facing the ""worst crisis"" during the present government because of which journalists and media workers were facing financial difficulties. ""The closure of Channel 24 can lead to an increase in the [financial] crisis,"" the statement said and called for ""strong opposition"" to the suspension. ""We are standing shoulder to shoulder with our media fraternity,"" the statement said. PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan for the TV channel's suspension, saying that he was targeting those ""channels, media houses, journalists and owners who spoke the truth"". In a tweet from the PML-N's account, Aurangzeb condemned the suspension and demanded the channel's ""immediate resumption"". Aurangzeb claimed that the government was ""increasing unemployment amid the coronavirus after destroying the media industry"", adding that the suspension of the channel's license would add to the ""tsunami of unemployment"". The Lahore High Court directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to restore license of private TV channel 24NewsHD on July 7. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Pakistan affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) urge PEMRA to allow the Channel 24 News HD to broadcast freely and not to repeat restrictive actions in the future. Justice Sajid Mehmood Sethi of the Lahore High Court (LHC) passed on the interim stay order in a petition filed by Central Media Network (Pvt) Limited to undo the suspension of the license. The court also issued notices to the PEMRA, the channel’s management and the PFUJ representatives to appear in court on July 8 for a hearing to decide on the petition. The stay order came amid protests by Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and 24NewsHD staff. PFUJ announced the protest program against the PEMRA’s decision. "

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

Journalism Pakistan

Date of incident

3

Month

July

Year

2020

Name of affected person

N/A

Other affected persons

No other person affected

Name of affected organization

24 News

Other affected organizations

No other organization affected

Action by

Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA)

City

Islamabad

Province

Capital Territory

Designation

N/A

Professional category

N/A

Age of victim

N/A

Marital Status

N/A

Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation Announced

Date of compensation announcement by government: N/A

Date of compensation paid by government: N/A

Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation Announced

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

N/A

APNS

N/A

CPNE

N/A

PBA

N/A

Condemn Status

Colleague of victim

N/A

Employer organization

N/A

Press Club Status

Press club 1: N/A

Press club 2: N/A

Press club 3: N/A