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Private TV news channel fined for ‘breaking code of conduct’

Private TV news channel fined for ‘breaking code of conduct’

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) slapped a fine of Rs1 million on Geo News for airing a “highly seditious and scandalous programme against National Accountability Bureau Chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal and maligning state institutions”.

According to Pemra, anchorperson Shahzaib Khanzada in his programme “Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Sath,” on July 18, discussed the matter of a scandalous video targeting the NAB chairman unilaterally, without taking into account the point of view of NAB.

The electronic media regulatory body in a statement said that Geo News, by airing the content, violated the “Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015 and orders of the Supreme Court”. “Geo News, in its reply and arguments made by its representative during the personal hearing, failed to defend the allegations leveled in the show cause [sent to the channel],” read the statement.