DELHI: The Pakistan Supreme Court has directed Pakistan Electronic
Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) to take measures to stop
obscenity on the TV channels with the help of all the stakeholders
by clearly defining the obscenity and to submit its report
after four weeks.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice
Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said this while hearing the petition
against obscenity on TV channels.
the hearing, cable operators and owners of the TV channels
submitted their reply in the court. The bench also allowed
Cable Operators Association (COA) and Pakistan Broadcasting
Association (PBCA) to become party in the case.
During the hearing, the Chief Justice remarked, Those
who have filed the petition are respectable persons.
He said, PEMRA serving notices to TV channels is nothing
PEMRA chairman, who was asked by the bench to take measures
to stop obscenity during previous hearing, said that they
would observe the TV shows more carefully now.
He told the court that, PBCA says those who have problem
with the TV channels should not watch them.
The Chief Justice said that PBCA stance was a violation of
PEMRA rules. Later the court adjourned the hearing of the
case till 17 September.