Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) released a new order advising the media channels across the country to not broadcast 'satirical content' that “demean individuals representing various political parties and law enforcement agencies through caricatures, animated characters, photo-shopped images and funny memes”.
While censoring the satirical content, PEMRA hinted that it is because of the public's complaint against such programmes, that they took the step.
The order dated July 12 stated that "PEMRA has been receiving numerous complaints on such content with public sentiment agonized by the trend of demeaning leadership of the country".
Adding that airing such content is in violation of Section 2- (f) of PEMRA Ordinance 2002, and other code of conduct, PEMRA advised all satellite TV channels in the country "to refrain from airing any content which is demeaning, creates hatred against any individual or mocks any personality associated with any political party or law enforcement agency.”
Read the notice here:
Taking to Twitter, Pakistan netizens expressed discontent with the restrictions imposed by PEMRA on 'satirical content'. Read some reactions here: