May 9 protests: Pemra restricts channels from giving air time to hate mongers

10:04 AM | 1 Jun, 2023
May 9 protests: Pemra restricts channels from giving air time to hate mongers
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ISLAMABAD – In a recent directive to television channels, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has called for a media boycott of individuals promoting hatred, engaging in acts of violence, and facilitating such behaviour. The authority advised channels to remain vigilant and refrain from providing airtime to these individuals.

The notification, issued on Wednesday, acknowledged that while the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression, there are certain exceptions to this right. Article 19 of The Constitution of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan specifies that freedom of speech and expression, as well as freedom of the press, are subject to reasonable restrictions in the interest of various factors, including the glory of Islam, the integrity and defence of Pakistan, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality, and contempt of court or incitement to an offense.

The notification emphasized the importance of striking a balance between protecting freedom of speech and maintaining public order. It referred to the events of “Black Day” on May 9, when violent protests erupted in various cities following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan. The notification condemned the actions of political zealots who attacked state and public properties, endangered lives, and aimed to weaken the country and its institutions.

In light of these circumstances, the notification directed all satellite TV channel licensees to remain vigilant and refrain from promoting any hate mongers, perpetrators, or their facilitators inadvertently. The media regulating agency stressed the promotion of national unity and instructed the blackout of individuals propagating hate speech.

The notification further stated that planners and perpetrators of hateful violence should not be given a platform on television, and broadcasting violent or discriminatory content should be avoided. It also outlined that licensees must ensure that their programs and advertisements do not prejudice the interests of Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrity, its ideology, security, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, or bring disrepute to state institutions, including the armed forces.

In addition, the notification directed all licensees to adhere to the provisions of PEMRA laws and the orders of superior courts by refraining from providing airtime to individuals who propagate hate speech and incite public sentiments against the Federation and State Institutions.

To ensure effective monitoring of the content being aired live, the notification mandated that all broadcasters implement an effective time delay mechanism.

“No licensee shall broadcast any live program unless there is an effective delaying mechanism put in place in order to ensure effective monitoring and editorial control in conformity with this Code,” the notification read.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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