LHC bars TV channels from broadcasting anti-judiciary speeches


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday in its verdict has barred television channels from broadcasting anti-judiciary speeches.
The court in its decision – reserved during the previous hearing of the case – gave 15 days to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for decision in this connection.
The court ruled that anti-judiciary speeches should not be broadcasted until the decision of PEMRA.
LHC also ordered PEMRA to monitor all the TV channels.
The court had reserved its verdict in a case pertaining to speeches of Nawaz Sharif and others.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court (SC) heard the media commission case where Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the court wanted PEMRA to be an independent and free of government’s control institute.
In his conversation with the Additional Attorney General, the CJP said that an honest man should be appointed as Chairman PEMRA.
The Attorney General informed the court that a seven member committee had been constituted which would form a three-member panel to select an appropriate person as head of PEMRA.
The court then adjourned hearing of the case for two weeks.


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