Notices issued again in plea against Pemra chief

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court issued notices again on Tuesday in a petition against Pemra Chairman Absar Alam for suspending transmission during operation against participants of Islamabad sit-in. 

Justice Ayesha A Malik was hearing the petition moved by Amina Malik of Civil Society Network. The judge previously sought replies from the federal government and Pemra. 

The petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique argued that the authority chief ordered to suspend the transmission and the act was “violation of Articles 19 and 19-A of the Constitution”. 

He said that the role of Pemra chairman has been partisan rather it totally failed to function independently as required by the law. He submitted that the Pemra couldn only stop the channels from covering an event unless it amounts to defamation, contempt of court or hate-speech. He said that the appointment of Absar Alam as Pemra chief had also been challenged. He asked the court to declare the order of the media regulatory authority’s chairman as unlawful and order an action against him.–Staff Reporter 



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