Showing vigilance and a spirit of smart work, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued show-cause notices to the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) and non-state-run ARY News for broadcasting satirical news contents in their prime time khabar naama, which according to the notice, are beyond reality and cruel satire work.
The notice, which shocked the PTV management and ARY News owners’ family states that both channels ran a highly satirical news package on Sunday 9pm news bulletin.
In the PTV news package, it was stated that the people are happy with the government over its public-friendly measures, and that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s approval rate has touched a new height.
“We, the PEMRA management, views such statement highly satirical and a cruel tongue-in-cheek joke on the government and the prime minister, and such acts of satire have already been banned by the authority vide an executive circular issued to all TV license holders on April 1, 2019,” reads the notice on a serious note.
Moreover, the notice mentions a new package aired by the PTV on the great fashion sense and political acumen on Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
“We understand that you are trying to be over smart but the public takes it a satire, and so do we. In pursuance of our earlier directives banning satire on TV channels, we are forced to take action against the PTV. So, you are hereby directed to explain your violation before the expiry of this government otherwise the next government will take action against you.”
The ARY also received a similar notice for their package on the economic successes of the incumbent government.
“Stop such jokes and whatever you are airing has made the government a laughing stock. Everybody knows the economic successes of the government,” said the notice.