The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has directed television channels not to live telecast programmes and other content, particularly while covering PTI leaders’ speeches and the long march.

In a notification issued on Friday, the regulator reminded television channels that instructions to stop the live telecast of programmes were issued earlier as well, but compliance remained poor.

The Pemra said while monitoring today’s transmission, it was observed during a speech “statements against state institutions were aired live” in violation of the code of conduct and court orders.

It directed television channels to refrain from “airing content that [is] tantamount to malign/ disgrace state institutions (advertently or inadvertently) and to sensitise their editorial boards, directors (new and programming), bureaus and field reporters” to comply with these directives.

Legal action, leading to suspensions and revocation of licences, would be initiated in case of non-compliance, Pemra warned.

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