Pemra bans Channel 24 for seven days for running ‘fake’ PIA plane crash audio


By Raza Ruman

(Pak Destiny) The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has finally shown that it is not a toothless body and banned Channel 24 for seven days from Dec 27 for ‘airing a false and unverified’ audio clip of the PIA plane crash near Havelian/ Abbottabad on Dec 7.

PEMRA said the decision has been announced for airing false, unverified audio clip by the channel on Dec 7, 2016 claiming that it was of the ill-fated PIA plane. PEMRA had immediately issued a show cause notice to the channel directing its management to file reply by Dec 15, 2016. But the channel management in reply to show cause notice and personal hearing could not prove their claim. “Thus the authority took the decision keeping in view the gravity of the violation, its adverse mental and psychological impact on the family members of those on board the plane and the general public that was already going through an emotional trauma.”
Interestingly, Mohsin Naqvi’s channel showed restraint in taking on PEMRA chief Absar Alam. But he certainly this act of the channel has shown extreme sensitivity towards the public. — Pak Destiny

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