Ethics in Monitoring Wing for the Political Talk Shows through the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)
Keywords:PEMRA, Monitoring Wing, Code of Conduct, Freedom of Expression, Political Talk Shows and Violation
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority is an autonomous institution, established during the period of “General Pervaiz Musharaf in 2002; constitutionally it was established for the development of electronic media in Pakistan. PEMRA is responsible for monitoring all kinds of electronic media including Radio, Television, Satellite and Landing Rights Channels, and all type of Television Programs, especially “Political Talk Shows”. It also has the authority to establish the mass media culture and to improve the standard of information, entertainment and education through the electronic media in Pakistan. “Monitoring Wing” is the department of PEMRA, and was established in 2007 for monitoring the Television Programs, including “Political Talk Shows”. PEMRA has a responsibility to maintain a code of ethics and in case of any violation or unethical content must be stopped on-air on the Television Screens. The objective of this study is to explore the current policies and practices applied in the monitoring wing for dealing with the violations of ethical values during the monitoring of “Political Talk Shows” in PEMRA. The researcher has selected the qualitative research methodology and for collecting the data to conduct in-depth interviews with the head of the monitoring wing and morning shift monitoring staff.” For analyzing the data, the researcher will use SPSS software in this research. Due to political interference, the “Monitoring Wing” is not enough to follow the guidelines given by the PEMRA to monitor “the Political Talk Shows”. For the recommendation, the PEMRA must launch training sessions for awareness of Monitoring Wing (staff) and anchor persons to follow the monitoring policies.