Last Updated: January 19, 2023, 12:33 IST
Pakistan’s digital media watchdog on Wednesday sealed the workplaces of two cable networks within the Punjab province of the nation for allegedly airing Indian content material on TV channels. Last week, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) sealed the workplaces of 4 cable operators.
In an announcement, the PEMRA mentioned its regional workplace in Multan performed “shock inspections” in Muzaffargarh and surrounding areas and sealed two cable operators — M/s Khangarh Cable Network in Khangarh and M/s Zee Cable Network in Muzaffargarh.
These “surprise inspections” have been carried out for violating PEMRA directives in addition to orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan concerning relaying Indian channels and content material, illegally.
“During the raid, the PEMRA enforcement workforce impounded all of the gear being utilized in mentioned criminal activity,” it said and warned all cable TV operators from relaying prohibited or illegal content on television.
“Cable TV networks will only be permitted to air PEMRA licensed TV channels, and any operator found flouting the authority orders would be dealt with sternly in accordance with its laws,” it mentioned.
Last Thursday, PEMRA launched a contemporary drive in opposition to the cable operators “for airing unlawful Indian channels in addition to Indian content material,” the watchdog said in a statement.
It launched the operation on reports of deliberate violations of the Supreme Court order by the cable operators, it said.
The operators air Indian TV serials and movies to cater to public demand as well.
In 2016, PEMRA imposed a complete ban on airing Indian content on local television and FM radio channels.
However, the Lahore High Court lifted the ban in 2017, declaring it null and void as the Pakistan government had no objections regarding the same.
In 2018, Pakistan’s Supreme Court reinstated a ban on airing Indian content on TV channels in the country, overturning the Lahore High Court’s order.
The decision was largely seen as a tit-for-tat move after similar actions were taken by some channels and the entertainment industry in India against Pakistani content and artists.
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