Senate committee summons Pemra Chairman over ban on Dr. Shahid Masood show

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information has summoned the Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam and Secretary Information over the ban on ARY News program hosted by Dr. Shahid Masood.

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Senator Kamil Ali Agha, the chairman of the committee, took notice of the ban on the program ‘Live with Dr. Shahid Masood’ for 45 days, and issued the summons to receive justification from them.

The committee has also asked whether the Pemra had issued a notice to Dr. Shahid Masood before imposing the ban, or else it would be considered a fundamental violation of the freedom of speech and expression.

The committee will also decide about the violations of merit which have been alleged in the appointment of Absar Alam as the chairman of Pemra. The session will be held on 22nd August.

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