ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Thursday issued show cause notices to two private channels including ‘Channel-24' and ‘Abb-Takk' for un-edited telecast of public address to a political gathering.

This reflects sheer violation of PEMRA laws and Code of Conduct on part of the Channels, said a press release issued here.

PEMRA has directed the channels to effectively deploy time delay-mechanism in order to avoid any such violation in future, and strengthen its editorial control as envisaged under PEMRA Laws.

PEMRA has directed both the channels to show cause in writing as well as appear for personal hearing on 13 December.

In case of failure in submitting reply within stipulated time and non-appearance for personal hearing, the authority will have right to initiate ex-parte proceedings against channels in pursuance of Section 29 & 30 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2018