Pemra (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) is in action once again.
Reportedly PEMRA has warned all the TV channels to avoid airing dramas and shows containing controversial themes involving infidelity and extramarital affairs, anti-cultural stories, indecent dressing, and gestures.
According to the notice PEMRA sent to the media channels,
“The viewers have severely criticized content being shown in dramas these days. They are of the opinion that dramas are not depicting the true picture of Pakistani society. Indecent scenes, dialogues, extramarital relations, violence, inappropriate dressing, rape scenes, caressing, bed scenes, use of drugs and alcohol, intimate moments between couples are being glamorized in utter disregard to Pakistani culture and values.”
Here is the actual notice.
PEMRA advises TV channels and Cable Networks not to air advertisements, hazardous to safety and public health, promoting quackery, aamils/peers, black magic, fake products/medicines etc. pic.twitter.com/GL5o3tdIvc
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) January 3, 2019
However this isn’t the first time PEMRA has taken notice of such type of content being aired, we have yet to see who follows the instructions.
This notice has divided the internet where one side of the people believe that this is total bullshit and against the freedom of expression.
So basically Pemra only wants cartoon shows for content? What r “sensitive” themes?Women/people talking about their rights to life,education,careers, property?The status quo ante in a veil of blandness will choke creativity.Young people will turn to other cultures to engage them
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) January 9, 2019
95% of our dramas these days are based on such content and they also get the highest ratings. Saas bahu saazishen, magic, abusive Partners, child rape is viewer’s favourite.Light humour ,family dramas and decent love stories don’t get the same ratings. So who exactly is on fault? https://t.co/cNZyzcDW12
— Rabia Anum Obaid (@RabiaAnumm) January 9, 2019
I think we all are on fault!
What’s going on here, Chaudhry saheb?
Are we living in Zia’s time when one diktat was followed without any dissent ?
Now an official from a government body will decide the definition of decency.
What are cabinet, parliament and press left for?
Aisa na karain.
— Mohammed Atchha (@AtchhaMohammed) January 9, 2019
..should infact be highlighted as should other social ills especially effects of drugs on individual and family which are destroying the society.
— tariq durrani (@tarikdurrani) January 9, 2019
What is "Pakistani culture" anyway @reportpemra ? Are we as a society supposed to look away when ills in our society are pointed out? Should media be dictated by unknown, incompetent bureaucrats?https://t.co/XQBlIvkd7x@fawadchaudhry @FaisalJavedKhan @ShireenMazari1
— رافع (@alt_ali9) January 9, 2019
What the absolute crapfkery is going on @ PEMRA? Ruet e Hilal Committee walay PEMRA main bharti kar diey hain? https://t.co/INIjLN3FkO
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) January 9, 2019
Lagta hai sab molvion ko utha kay Pemra mein laga diya hai. LOL
On the other hand, another lot is lauding the step Pemra has taken and believe that besharam cheezain should be completely banned on TV.
Where is creativity in dramas now days every story is revolving around divorce and extra marital affairs which are not even common in our society. you can’t even watch drama with your family now days which was supposed to be family time .
— Abdul Hadi khan (@Abdulhadibtni) January 9, 2019
Baat toh theek hai.
Rapes,extramarital affairs,cheap Sas bahu things ,crazy 3rd class morning shows and off course mujra style promotions
— mAJiD (@mAJiDLaHoREwALa) January 9, 2019
Aap kitni achi cheezain dekhtay hain bhai 😀
جب تک انور مقصود،فاطمہ ثریا بجیا،معین اختر،حسینہ معین،عمیرہ احمد جیسے لکھاری نہیں آئینگے تب تک اسی طرح کی سستی شہرت پروان چڑھتی رہیگی.
— moazzam ali baig (@moazzamalibaig3) January 9, 2019
Legends they were.
It’s all about depiction.
Which side are you on? What do you think about PEMRA’s notice?