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Show Champions League is still banned because fine was not paid
Summary of Case
"On Jan 20, 2020 The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) imposed a ban on the programme “Champions Show” and its host “Waqar Zaka” for airing “objectionable” content. PEMRA also slapped a fine of Rs1 million on the TV channel.
PEMRA’s counsel submitted that the host of the programme had indulged in an inappropriate and vulgar conversation with female participants; indecent and improper activities were performed by the participants in the programme; PEMRA had received hundreds of complaints against the programme; and complaints had also been submitted to the Prime Minister Citizen’s Portal.
Waqar Zaka in a statement said PEMRA’s argument of banning the show on a religious basis is invalid as showing romance on television is also “un-religious”. PEMRA could have said the public has complained, Zaka said, but added that the show was trending on number 1 so the public did not have a problem.
Bol TV appealed in IHC and programme host Waqar Zaka challenged the PEMRA’s decision before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) which was rejected on April 20, 2020. The case was heard by Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb.
The counsel for BOL TV in the case argued before the court that the TV channel aired a reality show called Champions hosted by Mr. Zaka. According to him, in the said show a group of participants live together in a controlled environment. The participants perform tasks that challenge their physical and mental strength and that the said show is popular among the youth.
Justice Aurangzeb, however, set aside PEMRA’s order of banning the host of the programme and allowed him to appear in any other television programme.
On 10th April, 2021 while Speaking to PPF Director News (DN) of Bol News Mr. Shahid Jatoi said that the show “Champions League” is still banned on Television however the ban on host of the show Mr. Waqar Zaka was removed."
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
Date of incident
Name of affected person
Other affected persons
No other person affected
Name of affected organization
Other affected organizations
No other organization affected
Pakistan electronic Media Authority (PEMRA)
Age of victim
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
Was FIR registered ?: No
Was case investigated ?: Case Closed
Court where case was presented: Islamabad High Court
Name of prosecuting lawyer: Not available
Date of first court hearing:
Date of last court hearing:
Status of court case: Case closed
Journalist Union Status
Media Source Status
Colleague of victim
Director News (DN) BOL Mr. Shahid jatio
Press Club Status
Press club 1: Not required to contact
Press club 2: Not required to contact
Press club 3: Not required to contact