Pakistan bans media coverage of terrorist groups like JuD and LeT
Pakistan has banned media coverage of militant groups like Jamaat-ud-Dawa, JuD, run by 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, as part of a crackdown on terror enforced under UN restrictions. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, PEMRA issued a notification banning all satellite TV channels and FM radios from coverage of Lashkar-e-Taiba, LeT, JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, FIF.
The authority has asked TV channels and FM radios to strictly comply with the direction and in case of breach of code of conduct, fine will be imposed or revocation of license. It has also banned the electronic media from running any advertisement of these three organisations for collection of funds in the name of social work.
According to PEMRA notification, 60 proscribed organisations and 12 others have been placed under a watch list. The notification said, the action has been taken against these organisations as part of the National Action Plan. It was devised in January this year in the wake of the Peshawar Army Public School massacre in which over 150 people, mostly school children, were killed.