PEMRA Bans Hamza Ali Abbasi

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PEMRA Bans Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi has always been known for his bold stance but this time while hosting the Ramazan transmission on Aaj TV, he discussed some topics which are considered controversial in Pakistan and as a result PEMRA has banned him from hosting Ramazan transmission. At the same time host Shabbir Abu Talib from TVOne has also been barred from hosting the transmission because his speech was provocative.

PEMRA Bans Hamza Ali Abbasi

PEMRA reported that it had received as many as 1,133 complaints through Whatsapp, Twitter and telephone calls regarding the transmissions. PEMRA notice also said that during these shows no one was talking about anything productive but most of these shows are running after ratings.

PEMRA Bans Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Banned From Hosting Ramazan

The complainants said both shows had aired provocative content.

"During these transmissions, ratings remain the focus under the guise of Ramazan shows," read the Pemra statement, adding that "provocative conversations took place during the shows which has led to much anger and sadness".

The regulatory body asked Aaj TV and TV One to implement the decision by 7pm on June 17, 2016.

"Even after clear instructions from Pemra, unfortunately TV channel owners, anchors and audience indulged in non-serious and irresponsible conversations," added the statement.

Pemra had also directed TV and Radio channels to "immediately stop" airing advertisements marketing contraceptives and family planning products, according to a notification issued to all media organisations in May.

The ban on contraceptives and family planning products was lifted a day later.

Geo Entertainment channel had received a show cause notice earlier this week for airing inappropriate content including ‘suicide scenes’ during its programme and has ordered the channel to explain its position before the authority on June 21.

Hum TV's child abuse drama 'Udaari' was also served a notice by Pemra, which asked for explanation of a couple of scenes in the May 8 episode of the drama series.