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Media outlets asked to observe sanctity of Muharram

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has directed all TV channels, FM radios and cable TV operators to observe the sanctity of Muharramul Haram.

A circular in this regard was issued on Thursday warning all media outlets against relaying or telecasting any programme which compromises on the sanctity of the holy month.

TV channels in particular have been asked to exercise their utmost responsibility and extra care while conducting religious programmes as they should not, in any manner, incite or fan religious discrimination, intolerance and hatred.

The circular stated that no programme shall be aired in contravention to the Pemra Code of Conduct which inter-alia discourages passing derogatory remarks about any religion or sect/community or uses words contemptuous of religious sects and ethnic group or which promotes communal and sectarian disharmony.

Similarly, no programme would be tolerated which may provoke hatred against individual or group on the basis of race, ethnicity and religious orientation.

The electronic media has been directed to follow the great Islamic principles of human values such as faith, tolerance, courage, brotherhood and fraternity for the prosperity and welfare of the country as well as Muslim Ummah.

The Pemra chairman said that any disconformity to afore-stated directives would be taken seriously that may result into imposition of heavy fines, suspension/revocation of licences of violators under Pemra law.

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