Lahore, 6th September: PEMRA has issued a notice banning two dramas ‘Ishqiya’ and ‘Pyar Ke Sadqay’ in accordance with Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance.
According to the report of Baaghi TV, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has banned the repeat telecast of drama serials ‘Ishqiya’ and ‘Pyar Ke Sadqay’ citing that the content of the dramas is against the ‘morals’ of society.
According to the regulatory body, the decision was taken after a number of viewers’ complaints were received through the Pakistan Citizens Portal.
The notification issued by the regulatory body on Friday stated that the ban has been imposed under Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance.
According to reports from the Samaa TV, Section 27 clarifies that the prohibition of broadcast media or distribution service operation, states that broadcasting or re-broadcasting or distributing of any program is prohibited if PEMRA is of the opinion that the program is pornographic, obscene, vulgar, or is offensive to the commonly accepted standards of decency.
Drama ‘Ishqiya’ from ARY Digital can not have a repeat telecast on the ARY Zindagi. Similarly, HUM TV‘s drama ‘Pyar Ke Sadqay’ can not be telecast on Hum Sitaray.
Report PEMRA on Twitter has also made the official announcement on their platform:
پیمرا کی اے آر وائی ڈیجیٹل اور ہم ٹی وی کے ڈرامہ سیریل "عشقیہ" اور "پیار کے صدقے" کی نشرِ مکرر پر پابندی pic.twitter.com/ZEarENCEU7
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) September 4, 2020
The press release states that the content of the dramas is being widely criticized by audiences on social media. “It is disturbing and frustrating for the audience to watch sacred relationships in a negative light,” reads the press release.
PEMRA said it has been getting complaints from viewers on a daily basis through the Pakistan Citizens Portal, PEMRA social media accounts, and PEMRA call centers.
According to PEMRA, the channels were repeatedly informed about the concerns of viewers regarding the content. The channels were directed to produce the content according to Pakistan’s social, religious, social, and moral values.
“As there was no improvement in the script of the dramas by the channels, a final instruction was given to the channels on August 18 to produce the content of the dramas in accordance with the values of Pakistan,” said the press release.
PEMRA has directed all TV channels, media houses, and production houses to review the content of dramas in addition to banning the broadcast of Ishqiya and Pyar Ke Sadqay. “Regardless of the cost and time invested in the drama, if the content of a play is contrary to national values and contrary to the expectations of the audience, the play will be banned without any warning,” it warned.
According to Samaa TV, PEMRA has also requested all stakeholders to immediately review the content of their future dramas.
PEMRA is also reviewing complaints against the ongoing drama ‘Jalan’ on ARY Digital due to its disturbing content. The channel has been directed to review the content of the drama.
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