Indecent Content has been banned by PEMRA – Dramas to be monitored
- PEMRA banned the indecent content shown in dramas
- A lot of complaints have been received by the viewers
- PEMRA directed to stop showing exploitation, abuse, and violence in the society
- PEMRA advised TV Channels to ensure compliance of provisions
In another bold move, Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed all the TV channels not to air any drama with indecent content.
The decision came after PEMRA received complaints from the public on Pakistan Citizen Portal (PCP), Feedback System, PEMRA Complaints Call Center and as well as through social media and WhatsApp.
Here is what the media regulatory body said:
In a notification, the media regulatory body said:
“Such content is distressing for viewers and is also against the commonly accepted standards of decency.”
How the directive has come?
The directive came after viewers slammed content shown in dramas, showing indecent scenes, violence, extramarital relations, inappropriate dressing, use of drugs and alcohol, rape scenes and physical intimacy.
Directions to stop airing inappropriate content
In order to be safe from any violation, it is mandatory for all television channels to stop airing indecent content in dramas.
Channels are directed to produce content in accordance with the socio-cultural norms as per aspirations of our society.
These are also advised to ensure compliance of provisions laid down in PEMRA laws and the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.
This is not the first time PEMRA has done this. In September last year, the authority issued a similar notification to all the TV channels stating that Pakistani dramas do not depict the real face of the society.
In the notification, the media regulatory body had stated that exploitation, abuse, and violence in the society should not be shown in Pakistani dramas.
Further, the authority also directed to crack down on illegal satellite dishes and Indian content being aired across Pakistani television channels and cable networks.
Not only this, PEMRA directed the media regulatory body to suspend the licenses of companies airing Indian content without any prior notice.
Source: Express Tribune