Pemra bans Bol News for live coverage of clamp down on PTI workers
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has taken Bol News off air for the live coverage of Police’s clamp down on PTI workers in the federal capital during former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s appearance before an Islamabad court.
As the situation intensified, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) directed all news and current affairs channels to stop live coverage from outside the Judicial Complex, the scene of unruly clashes.
Bol News continued to air the situation live prompting the regulator to direct cable operators to stop its transmission.
Pemra reasoned that live coverage of public outrage against law enforcers created panic among police ranks.
The channel’s management has said that the regulator’s action was unfair and it will continue to fight at all forums.
“Bol [News] has been repeatedly targeted by Pemra over our stance to give fair coverage to the mainstream political opposition, the PTI,” said Siddique Jan, who is the channel’s bureau chief in Islamabad. He said cable operators said they were ordered to move the channel’s number, making it difficult for viewers to watch its coverage. “This was unfair.”