ISLAMABAD (20th May 2014) Tuesday : The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday announced that it has suspended Geo News, Geo Entertainment and Geo Tez’s licenses till May 28, Express News reported.
Pemra canceled licence of three channels ( Geo news, Geo Tezz, Geo Entertainment) ::
PEMRA has finally responded to the countless complaints against Geo TV by Pakistanis from all over the world. Licenses of three Geo TV channels are suspended including Geo News, Geo Entertainment and Geo Tez. The suspension is valid until the next session by PEMRA for the final decision on 28th May, 2014.
According to members of PEMRA, they received huge number of complaints against the Blasphemy content that Geo TV played in a morning show hosted by Shaista Lodhi called Utho Jago Pakistan. The content directly hit the sentiments of religious people of the country and even fatwas against Geo TV are released by Muslim Scholars. Some of the indian channels are saying that the suspension of the licenses is caused due to ISI (Pakistan’s Intelligence Agency) which is totally false. Geo TV’s licenses are cancelled solely because of countless complaints PEMRA received.
Geo TV licenses suspended : PEMRA
They also stated that they will seal the TV channel’s offices. “I would like to congratulate all of Pemra’s private members for making this decision, keeping in mind Pemra’s rules and regulations as well as Pakistan’s constitution,” said Pemra private member, Mian Shams.
Speaking to the media after holding meetings the whole day, Shams said that Pemra is an independent entity and will make decisions as such. “Pemra is an independent organisation, and it would have been better if a government representative attended today’s meeting as well and help us come up with a decision,” he said.
Shams lamented that apart from him, only four other private members of the media authority attended today’s meeting which included Israr Abbasi from Azad Kashmir, Shama Parveen from Balochistan, Zeba Hussain from Sindh and Fariha Iftikhar from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). He added that it was the government’s job to implement the recommendation.
The private member said the recommendation has been sent to the Council of Complaints (CoC) and their recommendations are expected to be returned in a week’s time.
Moreover, he said that once the recommendations come back, a special committee will be formed to make a final decision regarding Geo TV’s licenses.
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