ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has rolled out a one-month ban on the broadcast of analyst Orya Maqbool Jan’s news and current affairs programme ‘Harf-e-Raaz’ for repeatedly violating PEMRA laws and code of conduct.
According to a press release, the electronic media watchdog has banned Orya’s show for violating various sections of the PEMRA ordinance and code of conduct, and anti-terror act.
پیمرا قوانین اور کوڈ آف کنڈکٹ کی مسلسل خلاف ورزی پر نیو ٹی وی کے پروگرام "حرفِ راز" پر 30 دن کی پابندی عائد. پابندی کا اطلاق یکم جنوری 2019 سے ہو گا pic.twitter.com/WkTZvTJjir
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) December 31, 2018
In the programme broadcasted on December 4, a ‘spokesman’ of banned terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban was invited on a live call and his views were solicited on national issues, security matters and foreign policy of Pakistan which prompted the ban.
The ban will be effective from January 1, 2019.
Earlier, on December 7, the media watchdog had issued show cause notice to the private news channel for airing the aforesaid program.
Similarly, the channel was issued another show cause notice on December 12 for airing Orya’s “insulting remarks” against the Pashtun community.