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PEMRA bans ‘bed scenes’ and ‘intimate moments’ from TV

PEMRA tells channels to respect existing media guidelines

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 9, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Jan 9, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

PEMRA tells channels to respect existing media guidelines

Pakistani television channels may no longer show “intimate moments between couples” or “bed scenes”, Pakistan’s electronic media regulator has announced, complaining of too much feminist content and warning that such “bold themes” offend viewers.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued its warning on Tuesday, calling on channels to respect the country’s existing media guidelines and refrain from airing content that does not depict a “picture of true Pakistani society”.

“The prevalent rampant trend of airing quite bold themes in Pakistani drama industry has resulted in massive public complaints,” PEMRA said in an English-language statement.

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“Indecent scenes/dialogues/extramarital relations, violence, inappropriate dressing, rape scenes, caressing, bed scenes, use of drugs and alcohol, intimate moments between couples are being glamourized in utter disregard to Pakistani culture and values,” it continued.

Last year, a soap opera dramatising the life of social media star Qandeel Baloch — infamous for her provocative selfies, until her shocking murder by her brother in 2016 — topped the charts.

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Other shows highlighting the issues of so-called “honour” killings and forced marriages were also hits, despite being targeted by a wave of vitriol on social media, with people accusing the channels of spreading vulgarity and destroying social values.

In its statement PEMRA said such dramas “depict hackneyed image of women and have confined themselves to feminist issues only… ignoring children, teenagers and men”.

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  1. AKBAR ALI KHAN  January 10, 2019 10:12 am/ Reply

    Salam! It is a very bold step by PEMRA, the females must be dealt strictly, they are the one, who is spoiling the society. The Govt must arrest all these female Actresses,Models and put them in Jail, they must close all these co-education institute. The females must be kept away from males, in this way, it will be clean society. Specially boys and girls from Posh localities, and rich families, boys and girls, who study at America Schools, British Schools, English medium CO-education Institutes, they are the real devils.

  2. 1  January 11, 2019 3:35 am/ Reply

    Women dont owe you anything.

  3. Raza  January 17, 2019 3:41 am/ Reply

    By showing indecent scene , naked actress and vulgar show one day Pakistani media will become an indian and Israeli culture with time

    In the holy quran Allah teaches us to not follow the step of shaytan

    If you want to fight Muslim start by destroying Young’s culture…

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