PEMRA Issues Show-Cause Notices To BOL, ARY TV Channels Over ‘Fake’ News
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued a show cause notice to Bol News and ARY News for airing ‘fake’ and ‘unsubstantiated’ information, which was in clear ‘disregard of the Code of Conduct, 2015’.
BOL and ARY had on Monday claimed that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) decided to reshuffle its cabinet. The channels claimed that Finance Minister Asad Umar was removed from his ministry and handed charge of the Petroleum one. 4 other cabinet members were also named.
Later, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry refuted the claims and asked the media to act more ‘responsibly’. PTI member Zartaj Gul too asked the media to fact-check before sharing anything.
PEMRA’s notice said that by airing fake news, BOL and ARY were creating ‘chaos among the general public and maligning government functionaries’.
“Airing of such content is in violation of Section 20(f) of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by the PEMRA Amendment Act 2007, Rule 15(1) of PEMRA Rules 2009, and Clauses 3(1)(i), 4(1), 4(7)(a), 4(10), 5, 17 and 18 of Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015,” the notices said.
PEMRA also gave a 7-day deadline to both TV channels after issuance of the notice to show cause as to why legal action may not be taken against them for violation of Code of Conduct and Rules. PEMRA also directed an authorized representatives from both channels to appear on April 22 at PEMRA headquarters in Islamabad.
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