The saga continues, the battle between the bureaucracy and the electronic media has now come to an interesting juncture. PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) has issued guidelines to all TV channels curtailing their freedom to cover LIVE events hence forcing them to seek prior clearance from PEMRA.
The trojan horse has been camouflaged under the pretext of following the existing regulations of western countries where all LIVE events are carefully screened by their respective authorities before the electronic media is permitted to telecast the event to its users.
The Minister of Information, Mr. Durrani, who has also recently absorbed the PEMRA body under his own ministry, has said during a press conference today that they also plan to monitor the usage of derogatory language against the Army, Government Institutions and [by the way] offensive language against the Judiciary will also not be tolerated. He went on to hail the service of the Army for its war-time and peace-time efforts for Pakistan [lets not forget the political efforts] and such heroes should not be degraded in front of live TV. [that’s a mouthful of shit – sue me]
It must be remembered that since March 9th, despite Musharraf’s desperate efforts to cajole the electronic media into his own corner, he continues to fail miserably. Quite simply he fails to understand the fact that the public is no longer [googo-gaaga] rallying in his support and the media channels are simply portraying the voices of all Pakistanis. Its easy to hire a rent-a-crowd to accord Musharraf a thunderous reception in Islamabad on 12th May to celebrate the killing of 36 people in Karachi, but a different story to cajole hundreds of voices speaking against him all at once being tele-casted live throughout the country.
The breaking news found on Jang Urdu
I suspect, it won’t take long for the PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) to follow suit and clamp down on the free flow on information on the internet as well.
Until then, we bloggers are more then ready to step up to the plate and take them on