Pak Bans Media Coverage of JuD, LeT

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Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday banned media coverage of militant groups like the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba as part of a crackdown on terror.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued a notification banning all satellite TV channels and FM radio from coverage of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) under UN restriction.

“The Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation are the other wings of Lashkar-e-Taiba,” the PEMRA notification said. According to the PEMRA notification, 60 proscribed organisations and 12 others have been placed under a watch list. The notification said the action has been taken against these organisations as part of the National Action Plan.

“The Pakistani satellite TV channels and FM radios should strictly follow the direction and in case of breach of code of conduct fine may be imposed or license be revoked,” the PEMRA warned. The authority has also banned electronic media from running any advertisement of these three organisations for collection of funds “in the name of social work”.

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