Pakistani channel has to apologize to Sarfraz
Pakistan’s Electronic media regulator PEMRA on Friday (June 23) has directed the Television channel Samaa TV to apologize to Pakistan national team’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and viewers for airing untrue and irresponsible comments by former skipper Aamir Sohail against him.
A PEMRA release said the comments went on air in the program Mission Oval on June 14, 2017.
After Pakistan beat Sri Lanka during the Champions Trophy, Sohail had commented: “[We won because of] prayers and God; and I cannot name the facilitators of those prayers. You [Sarfraz] have done nothing special, this match was won for you, we all know how things work.”
Pakistan then went on to beat the hosts England in the semifinals and then win the trophy beating arch-rivals India in the final.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had filed a complaint with PEMRA seeking action. The regulator issued a show-cause notice to Samaa on June 20.
During a hearing on Friday, PEMRA found that the language/words used by Sohail against Ahmed violated several clauses of the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.
The Samaa management will have to air the apology on June 25 in its prime time news bulletin and also run tickers.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com