As Pakistan’s media and broadcasting sector continue to face a wide variety of problems and challenges, Samaa TV remains at the forefront of its struggles.
The channel has regularly violated all principles and regulations of media and broadcasting, playing a very negative role. It has regularly been involved in airing fake and unauthorized news and is often accused of sensationalism and twisting facts.
Samaa TV has also regularly been involved in working against national interests and degrading state institutions and organizations. In its pursuit of commercial interests and ratings, Samaa has often published inappropriate and defamatory content.
DGISPR says SAMAA ran fake news, distribution of cash to Labaik protestors was made by DG Rangers, directives didn’t come from the prime minister pic.twitter.com/US1ipYHz99
— Pakistan Media Watch (@PakPressWatch) December 21, 2017
Due to these actions, CEO Samaa Naveid Siddiqui has multiple FIRs registered against his name in different cities of Pakistan. Samaa has often published fake content to malign and defame Pakistan’s Armed Forces and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), two of the most well-reputed and credible institutions of the country.
PEMRA has decided to take legal action against Samaa through the Lahore High Court. Moreover, the broadcaster was involved in spreading fake news of the death of a police officer in Charsadda, in the country’s KP region. This news was later found to be fake, due to which Samaa was fined Rs100,000 by PEMRA.
It is about time that PEMRA and other relevant authorities take strong action against Samaa for such serious misconduct. It is expected that the broadcaster’s license is revoked by PEMRA, in order to ensure that such companies are completely blocked from operating.