Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has fined Geo News for airing a program that is “highly seditious and scandalous” against the National Accountability Bureau Chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal.
According to the official body, anchor Shahzaib Khanzada, while hosting his program called ‘Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Sath’ on 18th July had openly discussed a scandalous video which targeted NAB Chairman Mr. Iqbal, without taking NAB’s point of view into accountability.
Furthermore, PEMRA has stated that Geo News and violated the ‘Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015 and orders of the Supreme Court’.
The official statement reads:
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]
The channel was also warned by the authority that in case of noncompliance and repeated violation, legal action will be pursued against them which may even result in the suspension of Geo New’s license.
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