Pak news channel banned for five days for airing 'objectionable content'

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 31 (ANI): The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Friday handed a five-day ban and a Rs. one million fine to Geo News for "airing objectionable/indecent content". "Geo Pakistan is banned from broadcasting, re-broadcasting, fresh, old or repeat content on Geo News from 9am Monday 3rd April till 12am April 7th 2017," The Express Tribune quoted a statement issued by the media regulatory authority as saying. The show was banned following a number of complaints from citizens and senior journalists, it added. A showcause notice was also issued to the channel earlier on March 15, asking them to explain their position. "In case of non-compliance, a process for suspension of licence, under Section 30 of Pemra Ordinance 2002 as amended by Pemra (Amendment) Act 2007 shall be initiated," said the statement. This comes after the regulatory body banned TV anchor Amir Liaquat for hate speech and derogatory remarks on Bol News. He was then asked to "apologise unconditionally to the viewers for airing the hate-speech". (ANI)