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WorldAsiaPakistan's media regulator directs not to pay attention to those accused of violence on May 9

Pakistan’s media regulator directs not to pay attention to those accused of violence on May 9

Islamabad: Pakistan’s electronic media regulator has asked satellite TV channels to boycott “throwers and supporters of hatred and violence” and “extremists of a political party”, targeting former prime minister Imran Khan’s party in connection with the May 9 violence. ’ statements have been asked not to be given place in the news. The news to this effect has come in the media on Thursday. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), in a notification issued on Wednesday, directed all satellite TV licensees to be vigilant and not knowingly or unknowingly promote any kind of hatred and violence and those who support them.

Violence broke out in several cities on May 9 following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party chairman Imran Khan. Khan’s party workers vandalized more than 20 military establishments and government buildings, including the Lahore Corps Commander House, the Mianwali airbase and the ISI building in Faisalabad. For the first time, the mob also stormed the army headquarters in Rawalpindi. Khan was later released on bail. Referring to the incidents that took place on May 9, Geo News reported, the notification said that “extremists of (a) political party” perpetrated the violence, government Attacked property, put innocent lives in danger and promoted the trend of undermining the country and government institutions which is a dangerous trend.

The order states, “The Constitution guarantees freedom of expression to citizens but there are exceptions to this right as well. A balance is important between protecting freedom of expression and maintaining law and order.” Emphasizing the need to promote national integration, PEMRA ordered that television should not give attention to hate mongers and that violent and discriminatory content should be banned. Do not broadcast The notification states that all licensees should follow PEMRA laws and orders of higher courts and not give opportunity to such persons who give hate speech and incite public sentiments against the union and government establishments.

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