Asad Umar slams PEMRA for anchors’ ban

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ISLAMABAD: Former finance minister Asad Umar lashed out at Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for its ban on anchors from appearing in TV talk shows as subject experts.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, PTI MNA said that the regulatory authority should be doing a better job than suppressing the right of individuals to voice their opinions.

“Amazing decision by pemra to stop anchors to go on any other talk show and express their opinion! Pemra should be doing a better job taking action against completely fake news and not suppressing the right of individuals, including anchors, to express their opinion,” Umar tweeted.

His response came a day after PEMRA barred television anchors from giving their opinions during talk shows and limited their role to moderator.

“As per PEMRA code of conduct, role of anchors is to moderate the programmes in an objective, unbiased and impartial manner, excluding themselves from the personal opinions, biases and judgments on any issu. Therefore, anchors hosting regular shows should not appear in TV shows whether own or other channels as subject matter experts,” it said in a scathing statement on Sunday.

The regulatory authority said it has taken cognizance of various speculative TV talk shows whereby anchorpersons, in violation of code of conduct, have tried to malign the judiciary and its decision with mala fide intention.