ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has once again suspended BOL News for 30 days and also imposed a fine of Rs. 1 million on the TV channel.
According to PEMRA, the talk show titled ‘Tajzia’ hosted by Mr. Sami Ibrahim on BOL News aired contemptuous remarks against Hon’ble Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC).
“While concluding a show cause notice dated 13-10-2021 issued to M/S Labbaik (PVT) Ltd. on its programme ‘Tajzia’ hosted by Mr. Sami Ibrahim, PEMRA suspended satellite TV channel license conferred to ‘BOL News’ for 30 days and imposed fine to the tune of Rs.1 million.” the press release stated.
“BOL News in its talk show aired contemptuous remarks against Hon’ble Chief Justice of Lahore High Court and the other Hon’ble Judges while discussing the matter of appointment of judges in Lahore High Court.” PEMRA added.
“Both the host and the senior correspondent cast aspersions against the superior judiciary in violation of Article 19 read with article 68 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the PEMRA laws including the PEMRA code of Conduct 2015.
“While responding the show cause notice ‘BOL News’ acknowledged that content aired was in accordance with PEMRA laws and directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Channel did not express any regrets or remorse and argue that show cause notice issued in uncalled for and must be withdrawn.” PEMRA said.
“Considering the reply submitted by BOL News and evaluting the content, the Authority concluded the matter on 22, 2021, by suspending the licence for 30 days and imposing fine amounting to Rs, 1 Million payable within 90 days.” the press release concluded.
Here is a copy of the press release: