SC annuls IHC’s resolution to droop Neo Tv’s transmission

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Courtroom on Monday annulled a verdict by the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) — whereby the bench had rejected an attraction by Neo Tv’s administration requesting it to direct Pakistan Digital Media Regu­latory Authority (Pemra) to vary its class from “entertainment” to “news and current affairs” — and ordered that the channel be returned to the airwaves.

On April 30, Pemra had directed the channel to air leisure content material solely and cease airing information and present affairs programmes because it didn’t possess a licence for it. Nevertheless, when the channel didn’t adjust to the order, the media regulatory physique suspended the channel’s licence final week.

Subsequently, the channel’s administration moved Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) difficult Pemra’s resolution however the courtroom rejected its plea of change of class and upheld Pemra’s resolution.

Right this moment, a two-member bench, comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Yahya Afridi, which presided over the listening to, directed the channel’s administration to attraction earlier than IHC courtroom to hunt additional reduction from the regulatory physique.

Pemra had mentioned that as a result of non-compliance of licence phrases and situations and the orders of the authority, it suspended the licence given to M/S Enjoyable Infotainment (Pvt) Ltd. with instant impact.

The channel had obtained a licence just for airing leisure programmes however since its inception, the administration used to air information and present affairs content material, ignoring Pemra’s directives and notices to abide by the settlement.

“Authority had directed NEO TV to stop [the] violation of licence category by airing news and current affairs programmes (which amounts to contravening the Pemra laws) and revert back to its approved programming content that is entertainment programming in accordance with the terms and conditions of the licence,” the assertion issued by Pemra had mentioned.

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