Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has prohibited electronic media to broadcast anything which is related to the conduct of serving judges of High Courts and Supreme Court (SC).
In a notification, issued on Thursday, PEMRA said that it has been observed that despite repeated directives, satellite TV channels are “persistently discussing the conduct of honourable judges of superior courts and orchestrating vilification campaign through airing slanderous allegations.”
It also added that the broadcast of such a thing is a clear violation of the PEMRA Ordinance, hence they have issued the orders.
PEMRA has also warned that if the orders are not implemented, the license of the respective TV channel will be suspended.
The development has taken place when the credibility of judges is being discussed after alleged audio leaks of a Supreme Court judge came to light.
In the audio conversation that was leaked online last month, allegedly featured former Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Pervaiz Elahi talking to and about a sitting SC judge.
Later, in a YouTube show “Talk Shock”, veteran journalists Azaz Syed and Umar Cheema claimed that more audio leaks related to judges might surface soon.