PEMRA Issues Notice To 29 TV Channels Over Fake News Broadcast!

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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) served notices to 29 satellite television news channels for broadcasting the fake news of a bomb blast in Gulberg, Lahore on the 23rd of February, 2017.

Following a deadly blast in a shopping center in the Defence area of Lahore, news broke about another explosion in Gulberg.but this turned out to be a hoax.

However, this turned out to be a hoax.

The PEMRA had given 7 days to the management of the channels in question to reply to the notice.

According to The News, the following TV channels aired the false news:

  1. Geo
  2. Khyber News
  3. 92 News
  4. Dunya
  5. Samaa
  6. Metro 1
  7. ARY
  8. Awaz
  9. Jaag
  10. Abb Takk
  11. Roze
  12. DawnNews
  13. Mehran
  14. Kohinoor
  15. 7 News
  16. Lahore News
  17. Neo
  18. Capital
  19. Sach
  20. Sindh TV
  21. Express-News
  22. Channel 5
  23. Din
  24. Waqt
  25. KTN
  26. NewsOne
  27. Channel 24
  28. BOL
  29. K-21

The TV channels reported the ‘breaking news’ between 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm creating panic and fear among the public, the PEMRA statement said. The ‘erring channels’ have been asked to explain why they not be fined up to Rs1 million each or their licenses not be suspended/canceled for airing such news.

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