ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed all satellite television channels licensees to form an in-house committee for ensuring full compliance with the Electronic Media Code of Conduct, 2015.
The directives issued by the PEMRA said TV channels should ensure deployment of effective time delay mechanism and an impartial and independent Monitoring Committee or Editorial Board should be constituted, as required under clause 17 of Electronic Media (Programs and Advertisement) Code of Conduct 2015.
The news channels’ owners have been asked not to allow their platform to be used by anyone to mislead public through disinformation conjecturing and speculations.
The PEMRA warned the media owners that licensee shall be held responsible for any biased, unfair analysis or propaganda against judiciary and state institutions by their employees.
It also advised media channels to invite participants with due care, having credibility as fair and unbiased analysts with requisite knowledge and expertise on the subject matter.
On Oct 23, Prime Minister Imran Khan had asked the media to play its role in highlighting positive economic indicators for strengthening the confidence of investors.
“With the economic indicators depicting improvement, the government’s efforts to stabilise the country’s economy has started bringing positive results,” PM Imran Khan had said while talking to senior journalists and anchorpersons in Islamabad.
On the opposition’s announcement for sit-in protest, he had said that the present government fully believed in democratic norms and principles and that was why it had constituted a negotiating team to hold talks with the opposition.
He had said the opposition enjoyed full liberty to exercise its democratic right. “However, this right should be used in accordance with the country’s law, constitution and the decisions of higher judiciary,” he stressed.