- PEMRA needs to be strong enough to check violations of TV channels
- Neither anchors nor TV channels above the law
- Absar Alam will have to reform the body
By Raza Ruman
(Pakdestiny.com) Anchor Mubashir Lucman who used to receive a good number of notices from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in the past finds the regulatory body at his side for the first time in the case of Royal TV.
PEMRA as issued a show cause notice to Royal News Television for airing derogatory remarks against Lucman.
In the program Issue of the Day, hosted by Wajahat Khan last month, the guests on the show Ibrahim Mughal and Rehmat Ali Razi passed abusive remarks found to be in violation of PEMRA rules. The PEMRA notice partly quotes Mughal as having said journalism once used to be a grueling job but now it has become a job for dogs and if such dogs stayed in journalism…. ”
Razi on the other hand is quoted to have said: “Mubasher Lucman is a blackmailer and corrupt man. He has no shame….his DNA should be conducted to find out….”
The comments went on air un-edited in sheer disregard to PEMRA laws and code of conduct, the notice said.
PEMRA also details the clauses from its code of conduct that a licensee has to adhere to.
The Royal TV launched offensive against Lucman after he did a program on Channel 24 against the Royal TV owner who is in the custody of NAB in Rs1.5 billion fraud of Formanites Housing Society.
The Royal TV was so furious that it crossed all limits to teach Lucman a lesson. Pak Destiny