Pemra serves warning to Hum TV, ARY and Geo over airing ‘indecent content’

Without giving specifics, regulatory authority said content was against “socio-cultural norms and values of the country”

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday served warning notices to Geo Entertainment, ARY Communications and Hum TV for airing “indecent content” on different occasions, saying in case of repeated violations, action will be taken against them under relevant Pemra laws.

The notice stated Pemra had sought an explanation from ARY Communications, the sole landing rights owner of HBO (Home Box Office), for airing “indecent content” on April 10.

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Upon reviewing the channel’s response, the authority found the broadcast was against “provisions of the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015 as well as socio-cultural norms and values of the country”.

The authority did not share the details of the content neither did it provide the specifics of the violation.

Apart from issuing a notice to ARY Communications, Pemra also served a warning to Geo Entertainment with similar reservations over an episode of drama serial that aired on August 7. A Pemra official on condition of anonymity revealed that the said drama serial was Khali Haath.

Hum TV was also served a warning over the content of the May 21 episode of a drama serial, which the Pemra official revealed to be Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain.

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