PEMRA Bans Imran Khan’s Live Speeches In Pakistan

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Bans Imran Khan’s Live Speeches In Pakistan declared in a statement issued on Saturday that, despite repeated warnings, television channels had failed to establish a time-delay device to stop the airing of information critical of “state institutions.”

Pakistan’s media watchdog has placed an emergency suspension on all satellite television networks carrying live comments by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, only hours after he threatened state institutions and government personnel during a rally in Islamabad.

Over the treatment of his aide Shahbaz Gill, who was jailed last week on allegations of sedition, Khan has vowed to bring complaints against top police officials, a female magistrate, the Election Commission of Pakistan, and political opponents.

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The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) declared in a statement issued on Saturday that, despite repeated warnings, television channels had failed to adopt a time-delay device to prohibit the airing of information critical of “state institutions.”

“It has been observed that Mr. Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in his speeches/statements is continuously accusing state institutions by leveling baseless allegations and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and officers, which is prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order and is likely to disturb public peace and tranquillity,” the statement said.

According to the regulator, Khan’s speeches violated Article 19 of the Constitution and the media code of conduct.

“The competent authority, i.e. Chairman PEMRA, in light of the foregoing background and reasons, and in the exercise of the authority vested in Section 27(a) of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by the PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007, hereby prohibits the broadcast of Imran Khan’s live speech on all satellite TV channels with immediate effect,” it added.

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“Furthermore, all satellite TV channels are directed to ensure the formation of an impartial and independent Editorial Board, as required by Clause 17 of the Electronic Media (Programs and Advertisement) Code of Conduct 2015, in order to ensure that their platform is not used by anyone for uttering remarks in any manner that are contemptuous and against any state institution and hateful, prejudicial to the law and order situation in the country (in any manner even repeated).”

It threatened legal action under Pemra legislation if the directions were violated.

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