ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued an advice to all TV channels on Wednesday conveying them the deep concern on the rising trend of low quality re-enactment programmes being shown by private TV channels and non-compliance to the Code of Conduct.
The advice has been issued in pursuance to the recommendations of all PEMRA’s Councils of Complaints during the meeting held here.
All TV channels have been advised to comply with the Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct-2015, approved and implemented by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and they have been asked to responsibly handle discussion on TV screens about foreign policy issues, which is becoming a major cause of sectarian unrest in the country.
TV channels have been advised to form or activate in-house monitoring committees to pre-screen crime re-enactment shows, ensuring the same rigors as required for a factual programme reporting crime. However, no re-enactment of sex crimes shall be allowed. Channels have been categorically conveyed that standards in respect of entertainment programmes relating to obscenity and gory scenes, should apply to such re-enactment shows also.
It has been directed that the in-house monitoring committees of TV channels must also ensure that the hosts or the participants of the programmes do not pass derogatory remarks about any religion, sect, community, or uses visuals or words contemptuous of religious sects and ethnic groups or which promotes communal and sectarian attitude or disharmony.
Advice says that all channels should ensure installation of time delay mechanism at PCRs / MCRs and it must be functioning properly to avoid airing of inflammatory statements or videos by the hosts or the participants of the programmes during the live transmission.
The Council of Complaints which comprises of prominent members of the society including scholars, professors, journalists, writers, poets, lawyers and intellectuals from all the four provinces and the Federal Capital had directed PEMRA to take action to stop this unhealthy trend of crime re-enactment shows and the programmes which fan sectarian fire.