Pemra advises TV channels to display ‘caution’ on Saudi-Iran conflict

Pemra advises all television channels to remain cautious while airing talk shows and analysis on the Saudi-Iran standoff. ─ AP/File

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Wednesday issued guidelines in the wake of the recent Saudi-Iran row, advising media houses to deal with the matter “professionally.”

A notification issued by the body advises all television channels to remain cautious while airing talk shows and analysis on the issue lest they harm Pakistan’s diplomatic relations with friendly countries.

“We have noted regretfully that some talk show anchors and hosts have repeatedly used language and expressed views that not only hurt sentiments of people belonging to different sects but can also undermine the government of Pakistan’s efforts to defuse sectarian tensions as a part of the National Action Plan (NAP). Media houses should ideally refrain from airing programs that can result in irreparable damage,” read the notification.

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