Restriction of country’s airwaves for foreign TV channels impossible: Kaira


Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira Wednesday said censor of the contents of private television channels is not possible as the country does not have required facilities in this regard.

Answering the questions of Senators, he said Pakistan was adhering to open sky policy. World has turned into a global village hence it is difficult for the regulator to restrict its airwaves for the foreign media/content.

However the policy of allowing foreign content on Pakistani satellite channels is being reviewed. He said PEMRA is not a censoring body. It only regulates the contents under the regulatory framework.

Pakistan Electric Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has the capacity to monitor only 50 channels out of a total of 80 channels. Huge investment is needed to strengthen and better equip the PEMRA.
Answering to the question of Tahir Hussain Mashhadi he said the precise definition of obscenity is not possible.

Even Supreme Court of Pakistan is failed to define obscenity.

He urged the Senators to sit together and define policy of showing what is in accordance with the diverse culture of Pakistan.

Regarding showing foreign dramas on Urdu channel, he said the government had only granted landing rights to the channel.


Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013

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