SC lashes out at Pemra for altering placement of stories channels

Supreme Courtroom (SC) decide Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Thursday assailed the Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) for altering the position of personal information channels, together with DawnNewsTV and Geo Information.

“TV channels that aren’t following a sure agenda will face restrictions?” he requested the Pemra director basic. “Do you solely wish to watch channels that you just like?”

The court docket was listening to a suo motu case relating to the 2017 Faizabad sit-in that disrupted life in Islamabad and Rawalpindi for almost 20 days. Over the past listening to of the case, Justice Isa had inquired if the information of restrictions being positioned on TV channels was true. He was informed by the Pemra consultant that the physique had modified the position of some information channels, shifting them down the record.

Throughout immediately’s listening to, the bench ordered Pemra to submit an in depth response relating to restrictions positioned on information channels. It additionally inquired as to why its earlier orders relating to making certain the folks’s proper to data had not been applied.

On complaints by representatives of Geo Information and DawnNewsTV relating to restrictions on their channels and publications in some areas, the court docket had in April directed the deputy legal professional basic to make sure “that basic rights of the folks together with the precise of knowledge (Article 19-A of the Structure) [are] strictly enforced and all newspapers and media channels are freely made obtainable to the residents of Pakistan”.

Individually, the bench issued a discover to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP), demanding a response relating to the registration of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) — that staged the Faizabad sit-in — as a political occasion.

The ECP was additionally ordered to submit TLP’s request for registration within the subsequent listening to.

The case was adjourned till the second week of November.

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