Ban on Maulana's press conference coverage illegal

Ban on Maulana's press conference coverage illegal

The Peshawar High Court has termed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) a move to prevent TV channels from broadcasting a press conference by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, disobeying the Constitution and the PEMRA Ordinance 2002. ۔

According to a report published in the Dawn newspaper, a bench comprising Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Sethi and Justice Ahmed Ali remarked that the ban on the broadcasting of Maulana Fazlur Rehman's press conference was against Article 19 and Article 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance.

The petition submitted by JUI leader Obaidullah Anwar held that "PEMRA issued oral instructions to the channels for not broadcasting Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman's press conference".

In a detailed decision issued, the bench directed Pemra to ensure that private channels also broadcast opposition activities as they do with the government.

The bench said 'Article 19 of the Constitution gives every citizen the freedom of expression'.

The bench accepted two petitions on October 29.

According to the detailed decision, the bench declared that it was illegal for the provincial government to close the road by putting containers in Islamabad.

The court directed that all roads from Islamabad to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa be opened.

In addition, the bench directed the applicant to ensure that the Additional Registrar of the High Court, through a bond, assures that the participants of the freedom march will remain at peace and will not harm the public and government property.

The judicial verdict referred to Articles 16.15 and 17 of the Constitution which guaranteed freedom of movement, peaceful assembly of people and formation of unity.

Earlier, the JUI challenged the High Court challenging the federal government's ban on 'Ansar-ul-Islam', saying that the government was campaigning against the party, fearing JUI demands. And trying to suppress the sound in different ways and prevent it before the independence march begins. '

The petition said that the government was also trying to prevent the freedom fighters from participating in the march by issuing alerts on the dangers of attacks through the National Counter-Terrorism Department.

It may be recalled that a few days ago a video of JUI-F's 'Ansar-ul-Islam' squad went viral in which party chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman was seen saluting the guard.

After the video goes viral, the KP government also announces action against Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam militia force
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