The Lahore High Court has granted stay order to Channel 24 against the decision of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to suspend the TV channel’s license for seven hours daily for seven days for airing a false audio clip and claiming that the clip belongs to crashed ATR plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) near Havelian.
According to the details, PEMRA had suspended the transmission of a Lahore-based news channel “Channel 24” from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM for seven days for airing an irrelevant audio clip regarding PIA flight PK-661, which got crashed near Havelian. Moreover, the authority had also imposed a fine of Rs. 1 million on Channel 24.
It is important to recall that PIA flight PK-661 was crashed a few days ago, killing all passengers on board including a famous figure Junaid Jamshaid. The plane was operating on the Chitral-Islamabad sector. Almost all the Pakistani news channels were reporting the crash.
Two months ago, PEMRA imposed a fine of Rs. 200,000 on a private TV channel after a complaint was filed by the Executive Director of Lok Virsa against that channel for airing the baseless allegations against the Lok Virsa head in the program called “Be Naqab”.
Back in May, PEMRA proposed imposing a fine of Rs. 500,000/- to the 92 News (HD) channel for airing some false news.