PEMRA Bans Bol News, Fines Rs1M For Comments Against Judges

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PEMRA Bans Bol News

The Pakistan Electronic Media Authority Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday suspended the permit of Bol News TV channel for 30 days and forced a Rs1 million fine on it for circulating “disdainful” comments against judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC). 

The position had given a show-cause notice to M/s Labbaik Pvt. Ltd. (Bol News) on January 13 over its program “Tajzia” facilitated by telecaster Sami Ibrahim. 

During a scene of the television show, the station “circulated derisive comments against the … boss equity of the Lahore High Court and other decent adjudicators while talking about the matter of arrangement of judges in the” LHC, as indicated by an assertion gave by Pemra on Twitter. 

It said both Ibrahim and a senior reporter of the channel “cast slanders against the prevalent legal executive infringing upon Article 19 read with Article 68 of the Constitution […] and the Pemra laws including the Pemra Code of Conduct, 2015”. 

Sami Ibrahim is a well known TV anchor and has met various prominent figures, most as of late Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

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In its reaction, “The channel didn’t communicate any second thoughts or regret and contended that [the] show-cause notice is inappropriate and should be removed,” Pemra’s assertion read. 

Subsequent to assessing the answer submitted and the substance circulated by Bol News, Pemra finished up the issue by suspending its satellite TV station permit. The channel should pay the Rs1m fine inside 30 days. 

This isn’t the first run through Ibrahim experiences arrived in difficulty over his comments concerning individuals from the legal executive. 

In April 2019, the LHC had given a notification to the senior columnist for purportedly embarrassing high court judges. 

The offended party all things considered, while looking for disdain of court procedures against Ibrahim, had fought that the telecaster had claimed that judges of the LHC were giving illicit alleviation to the PML-N. 

A month ago, Pemra had suspended Bol News because of “constant inability to pay fines” totalling Rs4.7m. The authority at the time said the channel would stay suspended till the installment, all things considered.

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