ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission has directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to issue show cause notice to television channels airing election advertisement campaign carrying indecent language.
The direction was issued at a briefing to the Election Commission by PEMRA about the use of inappropriate language in election advertisement campaign by political parties on electronic media.
The authority observes in its notice: “Despite issuing an advice and verbal discourse with all the licensees no significant compliance is witnessed on the television screens. Satellite TV channels are persistently airing Live marathon transmissions/press conferences by political leadership containing defamatory and derogatory content targeting various state institutions specifically judiciary and armed forces of Pakistan.”
PEMRA issues warning to satellite TV channels to comply with Code of Conduct of ECP and PEMRA for media and refrain from airing derogatory and malicious content against judiciary and armed forces as well as political leadership. pic.twitter.com/tu1vfaSFrJ
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The commission directed PEMRA to take action against the channels violating the electoral code of conduct.
PEMRA has also been asked to present an estimate of the expenditures of advertisement campaign of political parties on electronic media.
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