PEMRA has suspended the license of the TV channel 24NewsHD. The license has been suspended on an immediate basis for broadcasting “hate inciting content” during the special Muharram transmission that came out on Monday.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, in a press release, said that it has issued an advisory to all the channels on the 20th of August, instructing them not to on-air material that would cause harm to the inter-faith harmony or ignites hate.
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The notice said that the TV channel 24NewsHD, which is a part of the Central Media Network Private Limited on aired hate content during its special 10th Muharram transmission without practicing any editorial control hence it broke the polices of PEMRA.
The authority also said that it has received complaints about the transmission after which it took the needed action and suspended the license of the channel under section 30 (3) of the PEMRA Ordinance.
PEMRA also issued a show-cause notice to the channel, as per the notice, the channel was told to respond within 14 days. It said that the channel has been given the chance to present their chance as per the law.
But, the license of the channel would remain suspended until the inquiry is completed.