16th April 2020: In the wake of the recent pandemic, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued directives for Ramadan Transmission as a precautionary measure.
In the wake of Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, PEMRA issues directives for its licensees on Ramadan Transmission. pic.twitter.com/HkbLrxov9I
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The notification issued by PEMRA emphasizes that no audience must be present during the Ramadan transmissions alike in previous years. Guidelines and directives must based on the current situation must be followed.
It is notable to mention that the PEMRA licensees must follow directives given by the World Health Organization (WHO) alongside federal and provincial governments as a precautionary measure.
As of now, Pakistan is dealing with 6000+ coronavirus cases and 100+ deaths.
10th May 2019: Punjab Assembly’s bill against Pakistani celebrities in Ramadan transmission created quite a stir on social media. And now, the broadcast of indecent content on private channels during the Holy Month became an important matter of discussion in the National Assembly (NA).
During a session in the NA, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan demanded all private channels to not air indecent programs during Ramadan transmissions.
He stated that PEMRA is monitoring as many as fifty-five private channels to ensure that no content showcasing obscenity, anti-Islamic teachings and against institutions of the country get showcased in Ramadan.
The Minister added that it is the responsibility of all private channels to broadcast content in accordance with Pakistani culture and Islamic traditions
He lauded PTV and revealed that the state network has been consistent in promoting Pakistan in a positive way and efforts are being made to convert PTV channels to High Definition.
Earlier, the Punjab Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution to ban celebrities from attending and hosting transmissions throughout the month.
The purpose of the resolution is to persuade Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ban stars and popular entertainment luminaires to feature in Ramadan transmission.
The members of the assembly condemned the idea of celebrities hosting Ramadan programs instead of religious scholars helming the content as they lack the knowledge needed to conduct the transmissions.
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