Pakistan Electronic Media Reglatory Authority (PEMRA) directs all TV channels to stop airing indecent scenes in dramas.
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The directive of PEMRA has been challeged in Islamabad High court.
Summary of Case
"On 22 Oct, 2021 The Pakistan Electronic Media Reglatory Authority (PEMRA) directed local television channels to stop airing indecent in dramas, as it was receiving several complaints against such content.
PEMRA, in a notification, said a ""considerable stratum of the society"" believes that dramas are not depicting the ""true picture"" of the Pakistani society.
""Hugs/caress scenes/extramarital relations, vulgar/bold dressing, bed scenes, and intimacy of married couple are being glamorised in utter disregard to Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society,"" the notification said.
Responding to the development, legal and human rights professional Reema Omer said: ""Pemra finally got something right: Intimacy and affection between married couples isn’t 'true depiction of Pakistani society' and must not be 'glamourised'.""
“Our ‘culture’ is control, abuse and violence, which we must jealously guard against the imposition of such alien values,” the legal expert said.
Meanwhile, in the notification, Pemra directed all Satellite TV channels to refrain from airing caress/hug scenes in dramas and properly review the content of the dramas through in house monitoring committee and edit or amend the same by giving due consideration to the reservations and apprehensions of the viewers. “Forgoing in view, all satellite TV licensees are required to stop airing such content in dramas, henceforth, and ensure compliance of Pemra laws in letter and spirit,” it added.
On , seeking its reply on a plea challenging a notification wherein television channels had been directed to refrain from airing ""objectionable dramas"" and intimate scenes, Dawn reported.
In the plea taken up by the LHC's Justice Jawad Hassan, the petitioner contended that PEMRA's notification was ""illegal"" and ""contrary to the ethos of the Pemra Ordinance 2002.""
It further argued that PEMRA had no authority to issue directions such as those mentioned in the notification to television channels. The media regulator's move was based on ""malafide, ulterior motives"" and was in ""sheer violation of the fundamental rights of the petitioner"".
The petitioner said the issuance of the notification was indicative of the ""sick mentality"" of PEMRA authorities and termed the directives ""discriminatory.""
PEMRA and the regulator's operations and broadcast media general manager, Muhammad Tahir, have been nominated as respondents in the plea.
Seeking a reply from PEMRA on the plea at the next hearing, the court appointed Barrister Ahmed Pansota as the amicus curiae in the case."
Category of Incident
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
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All TV channels
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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)
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Court where case was presented: Islamabad High Court
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Date of first court hearing: 28/10/2021
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