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PEMRA issues show cause notice to Channel 24

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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Thursday issued show cause notice to Channel24 for airing unverified audio tape of the passengers of ill-fated PIA plane before the crash. In their 9:47 PM transmission, the news channel broadcast an audio clip of the victims,screaming and yelling in the audio clip, which was shown live on television without any editing or screening. In the notice, PEMRA said the viewers have lodged complaints on twitter and complaint centre and termed the Channel24 attitude as inhuman and unprofessional. The channel has been asked to file a reply by Dec 15. According to the notice issued, Channel 24’s coverage is against the PEMRA electronic code of conduct 2015 under sections 3, 8 and 17.
Pakistan’s electronic media watchdog today issued a notice to a TV channel for airing an unauthentic audio clip of crashed PIA PK-661 flight and asked it to explain by December 15 why action should not be taken against it. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight crashed into a hillside after one of its two turboprop engines failed while travelling from the city of Chitral to the capital, and burst into flames killing all 47 on board. Upon receiving multiple reports against Channel 24, PEMRA lodged an inquiry. If it fails to answer relevant questions, the channel will be fined Rs 10 million, the report said. Popular singer-turned-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, two Austrians, and a Chinese national were also on the ill-fated PIA flight.

According to the airline, the plane was an ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, which lost contact with the Air Traffic Control at Islamabad’s Benazir International Airport en route. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Thursday issued a show cause notice to a private TV channel, Channel 24, for airing a fake audio clip following the crash of the ill-fated Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661. The Pemra notification reads that the channel reportedly aired screams of the passengers, moments before the crash. “Audiences expressed their displeasure on it, submitted complaints at the Pemra complaint centre and on the authority’s twitter account,” added the statement. The notification went on to say that the audiences “protested over the insensitive display by the channel and demanded action against its irresponsible and unprofessional attitude”.
Pemra directed the channel’s administration to produce evidence that the alleged audiotape was of the passenger cabin of the ATR aircraft, and in the event it was, to reveal how it was recorded, transported to the channel and under which mechanism, the channel had the confirmation that the tape was authentic.

The notification added further that the act by the channel is in defiance of Pemra laws, particularly the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015, claws 3(1), 8(2) and 17.

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