ISLAMABAD  - Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday summoned Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on October 2.

During the hearing, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui also expressed his concerns over the humiliation of prostitutes in television programmes. The judge also directed chairman PEMRA to appear before the court and explain what mechanism is in place to permit telecast of such programmes.

Justice Siddiqui expressed these directions while hearing applications of two private TV channels, seeking directions to PEMRA for conversion of their licences from entertainment to news channels. Referring to a TV programme telecast by a private television channel on September 15, Justice Siddiqui observed that the anchorperson in the programme assumed the role of police, an investigator and tried to become a judge. The anchorperson raided a brothel and during interviews of the prostitutes, he was compelling them to admit their guilt.

Justice Siddiqui further observed that the conduct of anchorpersons covering the programmes on social issues is not in accordance with the moral and ethical values of the society and the religion. The IHC bench directed chairman PEMRA to submit reply as to how such programmes could go on air and what is the monitoring mechanism in place with PEMRA.

The judge observed that the anchorpersons under the pretext of exposing crimes disgrace the specific people and intrude into the private life of the citizen. The court adjourned this matter till October 02 after issuing aforementioned directions.