Channels airing Indian content to be suspended by Pak authorities

Islamabad: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) today declared that licences of media outlets airing Indian content without issuing prior notice will be suspended.

According to the statement issued, the media regulator has granted the authority to its Chairman Absar Alam to revoke or suspend the licenses of companies airing Indian content without any prior notice.

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The declaration was done a day after the top electronic media regulator requested the federal government on Monday to bring the level of Indian content on Pakistani channels at par with Pakistani media in the hostile South Asian neighbour’s broadcasts.

Earlier, Pakistani channels were permitted to air six percent content during 24-hour transmission cycle. Pemra stated that television channels and FM radio stations and cable operators were advised to strictly follow the current policy in this regard till the decision is made by the government.

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