Pemra puts lid on Hamza Ali Abbasi's Ramazan show

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Saturday, 18 June 2016 09:18


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday barred Hamza Ali Abbasi from hosting a Ramazan show on a private television after submission of numerous complaints to the authority. The media regulator directed both TV channels to immediately stop airing the said programmes, failing of which will end up in the removal of their transmissions on cable.

“In spite of clear directives by Pemra, TV channel owners, anchorpersons and participants crossed all the limits so much so that Parliament’s unanimous decisions were aimlessly discussed on TV screens, and in return decrees were aired against the ones leading such discussions in return,” Pemra said in a statement today.

The regulatory body said that, to prevent further worsening of situation and keeping in view numerous complaints received, it has immediately imposed a ban on Ramazan shows on two private TV channels hosted by Hamza Ali Abbasi and Shabbir Abu Talib.

Both the TV channels were ordered to ensure implementation of Pemra’s decision from 7 pm today, according to the statement. All concerned distribution networks have been issued directives in this regard.

Pemra warned that if the two hosts and their guest spoke of this matter or uttered anything controversial on any other channel, then the very program of that channel will also be banned.

The media watchdog referred the case to Complaints Council Karachi, which will announce its verdict on June 20 after listening to all the parties. All those concerned were also issued summons in this regard.


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