Pemra’s allegation of sedition ‘totally illegal’, Geo News tells LHC – Pakistan

Legal advice for Geo News On Thursday, he described the accusation of "sedition" against the news channel of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) as "totally illegal" and said the agency had acted "beyond its jurisdiction."

The news channel filed an appeal with the Lahore High Court (LHC) two months after Pemra served Geo News with a notice of cause and, ultimately, a fine of Rs1 million for issuing a "highly seditious and scandalous program against the president of the retired National Responsibility Bureau, Judge Javed Iqbal and malignant state institutions."

According to Pemra, presenter Shahzaib Khanzada, in his program Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Sath aired on July 18, he discussed the issue of a scandalous video addressed to the president of the NAB "unilaterally" and without regard to the point of view of the anti-corruption control body.

The news channel, in its appeal, drew the attention of the court on the accusation of sedition filed by Pemra and said: "Under Pakistan's constitutional scheme, Pemra is certainly not an agency that can be said to have the authority to distribute certificates of sedition or prosecute them for doing so. "

The appeal also said that Pemra's notice makes "apparent and clear" that the regulatory agency's approach to the canal is "discriminatory, partial and unfair." He added that Pemra's accusation of sedition "is totally illegal" and shows his "extreme level of discrimination, prejudice and willingness to do everything possible to protect NAB."

Geo News He said Pemra was "in violation" of articles 19 and 19 (A) of the Constitution and urged the court to order the regulatory authority to "act fairly." The appellant further requested the court to declare that the electronic media control body "had no authority to allege and determine the crime of & # 39; sedition & # 39;" according to the Pemra Ordinance 2002 and by leveling that accusation, he had acted "beyond his jurisdiction."

The broadcaster also asked the court to declare that Geo News, under the Constitution, he was free to issue "any news, make a fair analysis and criticize the conduct of NAB […] provided that the petitioners also seek the point of view of NAB. "

In addition, the news channel asked the court to prevent Pemra from taking action against Geo News or any of its anti-corruption control agency programs "unless NAB takes legal action against the petitioner."

Geo News He also urged LHC to direct Pemra to restore the channel to its "original position."

Subsequently, the superior court issued a notice to Pemra demanding a response and postponed the hearing for an indefinite period.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1511370/pemras-allegation-of-sedition-totally-illegal-geo-news-tells-lhc

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