The body also sent out notices to a number of entertainment channels, saying “vulgarity, obscenity and abusive” languages must not be aired on local television, terming it unethical and irresponsible.
While the warning must be welcomed as a much-needed move, it remains unclear how Pemra will gauge the levels of obscenity, vulgarity, dramatisation and so on.
How can standards be set on the quality of programming being aired by private television channels?
Having over a hundred private television channels shows how the industry has progressed from the days of singular, state-owned channel, but it also makes the task of quality control a very difficult one.
In such a scenario, what measures must television channels take to ensure a respectable standard, while also maintaining independence?
What legal implications, if any, could this notice have on the private television industry in Pakistan?
Dawn.com invites its readers to put forth their opinions on the legal and social repercussions of Pemra’s notice.