Pakistan’s media watchdog warned television stations against broadcasting information critical of the military and the courts

Pakistan's media watchdog warned television stations against broadcasting information critical of the military and the courts

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) advised TV stations on Monday not to run information critical of the country’s military and courts. In the event that the private electronic media violated the relevant legislation, the media watchdog stated that legal action would be taken. “It has been noticed that a few satellite TV channels are airing programming that amounts to casting aspersions against state institutions, such as the armed forces and courts,” the regulating authority stated in guidelines released on Twitter. “Airing such content contravened PEMRA guidelines, the laws of the PEMRA Electronic Media (Programs and Advertisement) Code of Conduct 2015, and the principles established by the superior courts,” the statement continued.

“These attempts are manifest through direct, insinuated or nuanced references to Armed Forces as well as their senior leadership, made by some political leaders, a few journalists and analysts on public forums and various communication platforms including social media,” the ISPR added. The role of the Pakistan military came under the scanner in the wake of Imran Khan’s ouster last month. Trends against the Pakistan armed forces and its leadership saw intense activity on social media platforms

This comes after the Pakistan military on Sunday warned politicians and journalists against dragging the armed forces into ongoing political discourse in the country. In a rare statement, the media wing of the Pakistan military said “unsubstantiated, defamatory and provocative statements” were extremely damaging. “Recently there has been intensified and deliberate attempts to drag Pakistan Armed Forces and their leadership in ongoing political discourse in the country,” said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement.

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