PEMRA suspends Geo TV’s licence for 15 days and imposes Rs10 million fine

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday suspended Geo TV’s licence for 15 days and imposed a Rs10 million fine on a complaint filed by the defence ministry, Express News reported.
The fine has to be paid before the expiry of the suspension period.

The order was issued by newly-appointed interim chairperson Pervaiz Rathore. It was also decided that in case of repeated violation by Geo TV, proceedings for the revocation of the license shall be initiated. All field offices of Pemra have been directed to implement the decision with immediate effect.

Earlier on May 20, Pemra’s private members had announced their decision to suspend the licences of Geo News, Geo Entertainment and Geo Tez till May 28. Hours after the announcement, however, the decision was disowned by the Pemra spokesperson.

Pemra’s private member Israr Abbasi, while speaking to Express News today, said the new decision was taken by the government members alone and not the entire regulatory body.