Pakistan Electronic Media

Pakistan Electronic Media

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

PEMRA just advised TV channels not to report on government meetings.

Summary of Case

"On 28 Apr, 2021 The electronic media regulator has advised satellite television channels not to report on government meetings under progress, but the stakeholders expressed concern over the directive. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) said news channels should exercise caution while reporting on decisions taken at cabinet meetings and rely mainly on briefings given by a cabinet member, in order to avoid the airing of “fake or speculative news”. The Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (Aemend) took exception to restrictions placed by Pemra on TV channels under cover of the ‘advice’ on how to report on cabinet meetings. Azhar Abbas, the association’s president, said in a statement that Pemra was turning into a `censorship tool’ instead of acting as a regulator. “Such actions to curb media freedom are making Pemra controversial,” Mr Abbas said. “Aemend is of the firm view that if there is news concerning the proceedings and decisions of the federal cabinet, and official circles decline to say anything on record, it is the media’s responsibility to report on matters of public interest. “In addition, at times senior government officials themselves provide information on cabinet proceedings while requesting anonymity,” Mr Abbas said. He, however, added that the government had the right to contradict or clarify any report aired by a channel. Aemend called upon the journalists’ unions and media organisations to resist this move to censor content and to undermine the media’s freedom. "

Category of Incident

Censorship

ICCS Status

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

ICCS Group: 08031-Acts against freedom of expression

ICCS Class: "N/A"

ICCS Crime: "Acts against freedom of expression"

Reported By

Dawn

Date of incident

29

Month

April

Year

2021

Name of affected person

No person Affected

Other affected persons

No other person affected

Name of affected organization

All TV Channels

Other affected organizations

All TV Channels

Action by

Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA)

City

Nationwide

Province

Nationwide

Designation

N/A

Professional category

N/A

Age of victim

Not Applicable

Marital Status

N/A

Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation announced by Government

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 by Government

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

Not condemn

APNS

No condemn

CPNE

No condemn

PBA

No condemn

Media Source Status

Media reports:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1620974

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