PEMRA Baned ARY News Program “Off the Record”

Whereas, Ms. ARY Communication Pvt. Ltd. “ARY News” on January 14, 2020 aired a programme titled “OFF THE RECORD” hosted by Mr. Kashif Abbasi” with the panelists Mr.
Faisal Vowda, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira and Mr. Javed Abbasi.

During the show, one of the pinelists Mr. Faisal Vawda performed very unethical act while starting his arguments on the subject being discussed. Subsequently, arguments made by Mr. Vawda were not only extremely frivolous and derogatory but also an attempt to debase a state institution.

  1. Whereas, role of programme host Mr. Kashif Abbasi was quite unprofessional who actually
    did not intervene or stopped that unethical act performed by one of the panelists during a live show rather took the entire incident casually and kept smiling cherishing such occurrence.
  2. Whereas, content aired live during the programme “OFF THE RECORD” prima-facie
    appears to be a willful attempt to debase and demean a stale institution by dragging it unnecessarily in a debate. This act of the host is also in violation of clauses 30Xc.)). 467Xb), 4(10), 5, 13 and 17 of Electronic Media Code of Conduct, 2015, read with
    Section 27(a) of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007.
  3. Therefore, in view of the afore-mentioned reasons the competent authority decides as
    under: in exercise of delegated powers of the Authority vested in Section 27(a) of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007, the broadcast or re broadcast of programme titled “OFF THE RECORD” is prohibited with immediate effect for 60 (Sixty) days starting from January 16, 2020. Anywarance of host of the programme Mr. Kashif Abbast is also hunned for 60 (Sluty)
  4. days. During the han he shall not conduct this show “OFF THE RECORD” or shall not
    apywar on “ARY News” or any other television channel as a guest/ unulyst or expert in
    case of non-compliance by “ARY News” the Authority shull proceed under PEMRA luws
    which may result in suspension’ revocation of satellite TV chunnel conferred to MS. ARY
    Communication Pw Lid “ARY News”. Nevertheless, uny licensees, which provides its
    platform to Mr. Kashif Abbasi in any manner shall also be prosecuted under Section 29 &
    30 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007.

This issues with the approval of competent authority. Ahly (Muhiqmad Tahir), General Manager (Operations)
Copy for Information: All Director Generals, PEMRA.2 All Regional General Managers, PEMRA
Head (Legal), PEMRA. DGM Chairman’s Secretariat, PEMRA. AGM Executive Member, PEMRA. Database Administrator, Operations-Broadcast. PEMRA.

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