PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) has banned the Bol TV anchor Amir Liaquat and his program Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga.
The host was banned on the charges of hate speech. On Thursday Pemra issued a press release stating that Amir Liaquat is prohibited from continuing his program due to hate speech.
The ban on Amir Liaquat is complete which not only forbids him from doing his program but also to appear on any other media outlet. As the notification states, “Amir Liaquat, the host of the program named Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga shall not host any program or appear in any manner, including but not limited to, as a guest, analyst, reporter, actor, in audio, video beeper, promo/advertisement on BOL News.”
PEMRA bans Aamir Liaquat and his programme
عامر لیاقت اور پروگرام “ایسے نہیں چلے گا” پر پیمرا کے حکم سے فوری پابندی عائد pic.twitter.com/sxXlPvpAVM
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) January 26, 2017
Before taking such action, Pemra had monitored the media activity of the Amir Liaquat for many weeks. “During several weeks it has been monitored that Amir Liaquat host of the programme Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga, in the episodes broadcast on BOL News from January 2, 2017 to January 24, 2017, has willfully and repeatedly made statements and allegations which tantamount to hate speech, derogatory remarks, incitement to violence against citizens and casting accusation of being anti-state and anti-Islam, on various individuals.”
Amir Liaquat had accused the recently missing bloggers of blasphemy; he had also alleged the social media activist Jibran Nasir for supporting the men who were involved in blasphemy without presenting any proofs. Earlier, Jibran Nasir had moved the Pemra against the Amir Liaquat as later spread hate speech against former in a way that would otherwise incite listeners to violence against anyone by relating him to a controversial Facebook page Bhensa that posted blasphemous content. Jibran Nasir has also launched FIR against the anchor.
Pemra has also notified that if Bol didn’t comply with orders, then action would also be taken against it.
“In the case of non-compliance of the above orders, the license for the channel BOL News shall be suspended with immediate effect.”