ISLAMABAD: The government issued tough new changes in the media
policy on Saturday stopping the media from criticizing the head
of the state, military or judiciary or showing bodies of the suicide
bombers or their victims.
ordinances issued aftrer the imposition of the emergency, government
issued guidelines for anchor persons and hosts of television channels.
Anyone who is
issued a broadcast media license or a landing rights permission
under this Ordinance shall not enter into an agreement with any
foreign broadcaster to sell its air time or otherwise provide its
air time to another foreign broadcaster without prior written permission
of the Authority.
says, that private channels would not be able to broadcast video
footage of suicide bombers, terrorists, bodies of victims of terrorism,
statements and pronouncements of militants and extremist elements
and any other act which may, in any way, promote, aid or abet terrorists
activities or terrorism.
anchor person, moderator or host propagates any opinion or acts
in any manner prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan or sovereignty,
integrity or security of Pakistan.
Under the new
powers to PEMRA, channels would not broadcast any programme inciting
violence or hatred or any action prejudicial to maintenance of law
would not be allowed to broadcast anything which defames or brings
into ridicule the Head of State, or members of the armed forces,
or executive, legislative or judicial organs of the state. Channels
would not be allowed to broadcast any program or discussion on a
matter which is sub-judice in a court of law.