Pemra bans Amir Liaquat Hussain for hate speech

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan electronic and print media watchdog (PEMRA) Thursday banned TV anchor Amir Liaquat and his programme over hate speech.
According to notification, “Amir Liaquat, the host of the programme named Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga shall not host any programme or appear in any manner, including but not limited to, as a guest, analyst, reporter, actor, in audio, video beeper, promo/advertisement on BOL News.”
In case of violation, action shall be initiated against such channel(s) under Section 27 of the Pemra Ordinance 2002 as amended by the Pemra (Amendment) Act 2007,” it added.
Social activist Jibran Nasir has filed a an official complaint with the Pemra against TV anchor Amir Liaquat Hussain for ‘maligning’ him.
In his complaint letter to the media watchdog, Jibran said the anchor of BOL Network had started a “malicious, defamatory and life endangering campaign” against him and the bloggers who went missing between January 4 to 8.
“…on 19 January, Amir Liaquat carried on this vicious campaign against me asserting accusations of blasphemy and went to accuse me of being the admin of the Facebook page “Bhensaa” and associated all its blasphemous content and posts to me,” Jibran wrote in his letter available with the The Express Tribune.
“Amir Liaquat and his programme has been banned with immediate effect for preaching hate,” a notification issued by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) read.
“Aamir Liaquat, the host of the programme named ‘Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga’ shall not host any programme or appear in any manner, including but not limited to, as a guest, analyst, reporter, actor, in audio, video beeper, promo/advertisement on BOL NEWS,” the notice further read.

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