Pakistan’s electronic media regulatory body (PEMRA) has asked the Pakistani media to be “professional” and “responsible” when reporting on Lahore attacks.
The PEMRA issued a strong advisory to all Pakistani media channels saying “Pakistan needs to follow the example of professional handling of Brussels attacks by international media rather than following the footsteps of Indian media that is driven by crass commercialisation.”
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A suicide bomber at Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal park filled with families celebrating Easter on Sunday killed at least 72 people, with several children among the dead. More than 200 people were also injured.
Pak media regulator also asked all Pakistani media channels to “cover the events with utmost professional responsibility, keeping in mind that any irresponsible or hyper attitude at this stage could jeopardize the ongoing National Action Plan”.
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Interestingly, the international media (who the PEMRA hails in their statement) received the ire of social media for not giving enough coverage to Lahore attacks compared to their reportage and analysis of the Brussels attack.
General secretary of the Broadcast Editors’ Association, NK Singh, said
a country like Pak that took Geo TV or other channels off air a few months ago had little right to talk of media selfregulation.
According to former I & B secretary Bimal Julka, self-regulation of media in India is robust.