Faizabad Operation: PEMRA bans live coverage, social media across Pakistan

02:44 PM | 25 Nov, 2017
Faizabad Operation: PEMRA bans live coverage, social media across Pakistan
LAHORE - The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has prohibited all satellite TV channels from covering the operation at Faizabad live, also restricting the social networking websites including Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

Many users reported a “total blackout”, while others only experienced issues with some features - including logging in to both the website and its mobile app, sending messages and posting status.

The authority has warned against live coverage of the Faizabad sit-in stating under Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015, live coverage of any security operation is prohibited.

A statement issued later on Saturday stated TV channels are advised to exhibit utmost sensitivity regarding the matter and refrain from live coverage.

The electronic media watchdog also advised media houses to ensure safety and security of their field staff.

According to a PEMRA spokesperson, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the regulatory authority to suspend transmission of all private news channels, on the request of Islamabad administration.

State-run Pakistan Television continued to broadcast, but aired a talk show discussing politics.

PEMRA took the decision after the channels started live coverage of the operation that led to difficulties in carrying out full throttle action.

The official word came amidst a grand operation by Islamabad police, with the help of Frontier Constabulary personnel and other law enforcement agencies, against protesters who had camped out at the Faizabad Interchange since November 8.

The crackdown which is currently underway was launched after the last of a long series of deadlines lapsed on Saturday morning without a response from the agitating parties.

Roughly 8,500 elite police and paramilitary troops in riot gear are taking part in the clearance operation, which was launched soon after the final deadline of 7am given to protesters expired.

'Crackdown' on social media

Social media users complained of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube being inaccessible to the general public amidst crackdown.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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