PEMRA, short for Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, warned GEO TV when one of the officials at the news channel aired controversial content against the media watchdog. Earlier, the news channel had already faced heavy repercussions for airing an interview with Ehsanullah Eshan, the former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson. Now, they were found indulging in inappropriate language against the media authority.
In a statement by the media watchdog, they expressed their convictions about the independent media corporation using highly offensive language and a tone lacking any sense of harmony. They claim that GEO TV talked about certain unnamed lawyers with a threatening language and are casting suspicions against the media authority.
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) April 29, 2017
This was followed by a 5-day ban on GEO TV for airing content that is objectionable in nature and lacks any kind of concrete evidence. GEO TV was advised against the airing and advertising of the interview with Ehsan, spokesperson of the organization involved in the killing of hundreds of innocent lives.
PEMRA advised against the misuse of media influence to convey material that can demoralize the victims and their relatives. The media watchdog ensured that the interview by the Pakistan Army could only be broadcasted because it included Ehsan confessing his terrible history with the outlawed organization.