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Pakistan media watchdog bans ‘vulgar’ contraceptive ad

ISLAMABAD: Amid scores of public complaints against the telecast of an objectionable and indecent advertisement of contraceptive on TV channels, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in a letter addressed to all private electronic media licence holders and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has asked to immediately review the advertisement. It may be mentioned that...

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 14, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Sep 14, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

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ISLAMABAD: Amid scores of public complaints against the telecast of an objectionable and indecent advertisement of contraceptive on TV channels, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in a letter addressed to all private electronic media licence holders and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has asked to immediately review the advertisement.

It may be mentioned that the same advertisement of the was also banned by PEMRA in July, 2013 amid large number of public complaints as the advertisement was largely termed objectionable and vulgar.

PEMRA, in its directive has pointed out that the advertisement is generally being perceived as indecent, immoral and in sheer disregard to our socio-cultural and religious norms, said a press release Monday.

PEMRA has further said that regardless of public complaints, the content of advertisement is otherwise contravenes to Section 20
(b), (c) & (f) of the PEMRA Act 2007 read with Article 37 (g) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and clauses 14 (1) (3) (d) of Electronic Media Code of Conduct-2015 which inter-alia states that no programme /advertisement is to be aired that is obscene or against the generally accepted standards of decency and morality.

PEMRA has, therefore, asked PBA, Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS) and all broadcast licence holders to ensure that the advertisement should not be aired unless it is reasonably reviewed and brought in line with the ethos in a way that it may not hurt the public sentiments. – APP

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