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Fazlur Rahman, addressing a JUI-F gathering

28 October 2019, Monday

Azadi march starts from Karachi, to reach Islamabad on 31 October

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issues new directive restricting TV talk shows

PR Daily Brief | D. Suba Chandran

28 October 2019, Monday

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issues new directive restricting TV talk shows

The latest directive from the PEMRA restricts the role of anchors, and instructs on the experts/guests who could be invited for the talks shows. It has also asked the anchors not to appear as experts on other talk shows.

According to the directive, the participants should have credibility and expertise on the issue. The directive reads: “Participants/invitees should be selected with due care having credibility as fair and unbiased analysts with requisite knowledge/expertise on the subject matter.” (Dawn, 28 October 2019)

The directive also defines the role of anchors only as moderators and restricts them to air their personal opinion. The directive says, “As per Pemra code of conduct, the role of anchors is to moderate the programmes in an objective, unbiased and impartial manner, excluding themselves from their personal opinions, biases and judgements on any issue. Therefore, anchors hosting exclusive regular shows should not appear in talk shows whether own or other channels as subject matter expert.” (Dawn, 28 October 2019)

The PEMRA directive has also underlined a delay mechanism on telecasting live shows. According to the directive, “Channels without effective delay mechanism to refrain from telecasting live shows. The composition of committee/editorial board should be in line with directives of the Supreme Court under suo motu case’s judgement which is reproduced as under. With regards to the monitoring committee, we direct that licensees include [for each of its meetings] at least one practicing lawyer of at least five years or above practice, with adequate understanding of the law to advise the licensee regarding any potential violations of the code of conduct by programmes to be aired in the future.” (Dawn, 28 October 2019)


Azadi March starts from Karachi

The much talked about Azadi march of JUI-F kicked off on Sunday (27 October 2019) from Karachi. The brainchild of Fazlur Rahman, the Azadi march has the support of all major political parties both at the national and regional levels including the PPP, PML-N and ANP.

Fazlur Rahman’s primary objective is the resignation of Imran Khan. He has also called for fresh elections. For the last two weeks, there have been numerous reports about the endgame, fears of Islamabad being held for ransom by marchers, and also attempts to negotiate with Fazlur Rahman.

A few days earlier, the government did succeed in reaching an agreement with the JUI-F team regarding the venue of protests in Islamabad.

The marchers are expected to arrive at Islamabad from different parts of the country on 31 October 2019.


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