Pakistsn Electronic Media Regulatory Authority(Pemra)


  The print and electronic media has witnessed a revolutionary growth in Pakistan during the last few years.The monopoly of the state television came to an end as the government generously permitted scores of channels to go on air.The expansion was also accompanied by independence and freedom of expression.This is a fact that has been duly acknowledged by Jamilur Rehman,a prominent media man.In one of his published reports he says,"although the president is a military dictator yet he never made any law to muzzle the press.He understands the value of free press and open debate."
  Freedom of expression with responsible behaviour,the president in all sincerity tried to meet a mandatory requirement of the constituition that states"every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression,and there shall be freedom of the press,subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity,security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof,friendly relations with foreign states,public order,decency or morality,or in relation to contempt of court,{commision of} or incitement to an offence."
  To meet the provision of "reasonable restrictions imposed by law" a media watchdog,Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) was established under an ordinance in 2002 to regulate the private electronic media.On 16th may 2006,the national assembly adopted an amendment to PEMRA to empower the authorities to shutdown broadcasting channels on the groung of telecasting contents "offensive to commonly accepted standards of decency".Under the amended act,PEMRA is authorized to seize equipment,withdraw licenses and conduct investigations and empower the police to arrest electronic media journalists without a warrant.violations are punishable by prison sentences of up to 3 years.

  Objectives of PEMRA: The PEMRA in its orignal form created...