PEMRA bans 11 “Christian” channels
December 1, 2016
By Chris Forrester
Pakistan’s media regulator PEMRA has reportedly banned “at least” 11 TV channels alleged to be broadcasting Christian content on the nation’s cable distribution systems. Last month PEMRA completely proscribed all Indian channels from distribution in mostly Islamic Pakistan.
The 11 which have been accused of being illegal are: Isaac TV, Gawahi TV, God Bless TV, Barkat TV, Praise TV, Zindagi TV, Shine TV, Jesus TV (Jessi TV), Healing TV, Khushkhabari TV, and Catholic TV.
PEMRA’s general manager/media, Sheikh Tahir, in a statement, said: “These TV channels are banned in line with ongoing PEMRA campaign to ban illegal channels. There are many other Indian channels which are banned and there is no special campaign against minorities.”
Tahir added that the blocked TV channels did not have licences to continue their transmissions and that there was no segregation in the name of religion.