Today, The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a show-cause notice to Neo News over a controversial fight in the show called ‘Ayesha Ehtesham Kay Sath’.
Aurat Azadi March is the hot topic of Pakistani Media these days. The main purpose of this March is to resolve the issues regarding women and to protect women’s rights.
Khalil-ur-Rehman and Marvi Sirmed were invited to the show along with JUI-F Senator Maulana Faiz Mohammad. The exchange between Khalil and Marvi took place after Marvi chanted the slogan ‘Mera Jism Meri Marzi’. After that Khalil blatantly abused Marvi Siremd using inappropriate words.
After Khalil’s abusive language, Many Celebrities, Public figures, and the public of Pakistan express their opinions on social media and many of them calling out TV Channels and actors to boycott Khalil-ur -Rehman.
Even though, both Executive Director and Host Rabia Ehtesham apologized for this controversial incident.
— ayesha ehtesham (@ayeshasohaileh4) March 3, 2020
@marvisirmed Please accept my sincere apology on the incident which happened today on our screen. Being Head of NEO NEWS I am extremely sorry for that and strict action will be taken. We condemn the behaviour of Khalil Qamar.
— Nasrullah Malik (@NasrullahMalik1) March 3, 2020
After such criticism PEMRA directed a notice to Neo News channel to file a response within 7 days.
“Such content runs up against the rules set by television regulatory authority, PEMRA, which can legally fine a licensee and suspend a show after what took place on Neo. The talk show host and guests are not, however, liable.”
Under Section 29 and 30, PEMRA can impose a fine up to a million rupees and can suspend the license of TV channels, respectively. Furthermore, under section 27, PEMRA can suspend the program, if necessary.
PEMRA doesn’t blame or fine guests who are involved in such disgusting debate but the channel by saying:
“Many programs have been suspended because of poor editorial judgment. TV channels need editorial committees but they ignore them or are not used effectively which is why we have these problems.”
PEMRA has declared this turn of event as ineligibility of the show’s management. It’s the duty of management to stop the show or anchor should take a break but failed to do that.
“If the show is not under his/her control, they can go on a break to stop the guest. These are editorial lapses and these are binding in our code of conduct and ordinances,”
People out there seem unsatisfied with this notice of PEMRA. They are appealing and writing emails to PEMRA for taking appropriate actions against Khalil-ur-Rehman.