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Senate body terms ban on ARY News program ‘Live with Dr Shahid Masood’ illegal

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ISLAMABAD: Senate’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting has termed ban on ARY News program ‘Live with Dr Shahid Masood’ as illegal and recommended the Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to review its decision.

The Senate body’s recommendations came in a meeting chaired by its head Kamil Ali Agha on Monday (today).

In his remarks, the committee head said Pemra never took notice of Indian content and songs being promoted on Pakistan TV channels, but it galvanized into action against Dr. Shahid Masood’s programme.

He said the information ministry had not so far presented the code of conduct for media in the Supreme Court. He told the meeting that Pemra should be apolitical on all fronts.


 

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During the meeting, Pemra chairman Absar Alam and Senate body head exchanged heated words. Agha said Mr. Alam must not try to convince him by showing irrelevant newspaper clippings to justify ban on the programme.

“Pemra has given show-cause notice to ARY News and imposed ban on the anchorperson. It must be clear that you can’t implement a law interpreted by anyone. Only constitution of Pakistan will apply here,” Kamil Ali Agha said in the meeting.


 

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He also inquired whether the anchor was provided with a chance to give explanation for his alleged misconduct. Pemra chairman responded that the anchorperson concerned was told to appear before the council of complaints in Karachi.

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