ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Thursday prohibited the airing of Former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, a statement said.
The statement said that it came to PEMRA’s notice through monitoring that the private TV channel Geo News in its programme “Jirga” which is hosted by journalist Saleem Safi was going to broadcast the interview of Ehsan Ullah Ehsan on Thursday.
“This is a clear violation of PEMRA’s directives that it had issued under the National Action Plan and Section 3(3) of Electronic Media Code of Conduct, 2015,” the statement added.
In the statement PEMRA said that TTP is a terrorist organization and Ehsan Ullah Ehsan has been a spokesperson of this terrorist outfit. During the last several years, he has taken responsibility of mass murder of Pakistani nationals through terrorist activities across the country. Thousands of children, men, women civil and military officials lost their lives due to the heinous crimes of his terrorist organization. It is quite heart-wrenching and deeply disturbing for the loved ones of those martyred in terrorist acts to see the member of a terrorist outfit appearing on TV screens in any capacity, a known militant who earlier would claim responsibility for acts of massacre.
Ever since promo of the interview of Ehsan Ullah Ehsan PEMRA received a number of complaints; the complainants expressed their anger and anguish asking upon PEMRA to stop airing of the programme. Before the situation gets even worse, PEMRA through an order prohibited the channel from airing the interview.
As per PEMRA’s Rules and Code of Conduct (CoC) 2015, glorification of terrorists cannot be allowed except the confessional statement which has already been released by the investigating agency. Even in that statement, only the selected parts are allowed to be aired which don not, in any manner, glorify a terrorist and his terrorist setup.
In case of non-compliance of PEMRA’s decision, strict action will be taken against the violators under Sections 29 and 30 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amendment by PEMRA Act 2007. NNI