PEMRA has banned Kashif Abbasi’s Off The Record For 60 days
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has issued a notice to senior anchorperson Kashif Abbasi’s famous talk show Off The Record on ARY News.
The regulatory body announced on Twitter that the show will be banned for 60 days, following PTI’s Faisal Vawda’s boot controversy.
According to reports, PEMRA has banned Off The Record for broadcasting “a willful attempt to debase and demean a state institution by dragging it unnecessarily in a debate”.
PEMRA Bans programme " OFF THE RECORD" on ARY News for 60 days. pic.twitter.com/TuknaIlzWn
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) January 15, 2020
Show-cause notices have also been issued to ARY News, stating that the airing of such content was in violation of the PEMRA code of conduct and added that Kashif Abbasi was being unprofessional who did not intervene or stopped Faisal Vawda whose controversial boot act made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda had lashed out at PPP and PML-N in Kashif Abbasi’s show by using a boot after the Army Act was passed in the parliament.
The clip from the show went viral on social media and the minister received severe criticism along with the host, Kashif Abbasi, for allowing him to do so.
Kashif Abbasi sab
This wasn't expected of you. You should've stopped the program. pic.twitter.com/JmQmDJUWVg
— Faiqa Salman (@FaiqaSalman) January 15, 2020
The Association of Electronic Media Editors & News Directors has condemned the ban imposed by PEMRA, demanding to lift the ban on Kashif Abbasi and his show Off The Record.
The notification by AEMEND states that “neither the channel nor the anchor was given a chance to explain their position’.
It also mentions that instead of taking action against the federal minister, PEMRA has banned the show and the anchor who never endorsed the act of the said minister.
Association of editors and DN's condemn the ban by pemra… pic.twitter.com/ZwfnnozeQ0
— Kashif Abbasi (@Kashifabbasiary) January 16, 2020
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