Pak electronic media acts like social media – C24 plays with nation’s emotions on PIA plane tragedy – PEMRA issues notice

By Raza Ruman

(Pak Destiny) Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) today issued a notice to Channel 24 for airing audio clip of foreign airliner dubbing it that of ill-fated PIA’s PK-661 flight in which 48 passengers and crew members including singer turned sufi Junaid Jamshad were killed.

       The audio clip went viral on social media claiming to be the last audio before the plane crashed and was broadcast by Mohsin Naqvi’s channel. In the audio, people could be heard crying for help, however, it surfaced it was an audio from another crash of Jakarta Airlines.
      The C24 acted like a social media entity showing now care. It also exposed its staff appearing highly non-professional people are working in the channel who could not assess that it was foreign airliner’s clip.
      PEMRA should make an example of this channel so that no such TV channel plays with the emotion of people in future.
      PEMRA notice, Channel 24’s coverage is against the PEMRA electronic code of conduct 2015 under sections 3, 8 and 17. The channel is required to prove:
  1. The recording was from the passenger cabin of the ill fated aircraft
  2. Provide evidence of how the audio was recorded and sent to the channel from the aircraft

Upon receiving multiple reports against Channel 24, PEMRA lodged an inquiry. Upon failure to answer relevant questions, the channel will be fined Rs10 million.

According to the airline, the plane was an ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, which lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at Islamabad’s Benazir International Airport en route from Chitral.

PIA Chairman Azam Saigol blamed engine failure for the deadly crash. “Around 4:15pm the ATC received an emergency call from the pilot who informed them about the engine failure. A few minutes later, a mayday distress call was received from the pilot,” Saigol told journalists at a news conference. “At 4:20pm we received news of the crash.”


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