Dated: 14 August, 2012
This Code of Conduct mainly represents the aspirations and
high standards that Geo management and Geo team wish to uphold
professionally. Being an internal standard yardstick, this
Code or any part of it, may never be used as a basis to pursue
a claim against any company of Geo Group, any member of Geo
management or any journalist working in Geo Group, if such
claim is otherwise not maintainable under general provisions
of law. Adoption of this Code of Conduct will neither increase
nor decrease the legal obligations of Geo Group companies
and members of Geo team under the laws of Pakistan.
B) Internal Code of Conduct:
Guidelines and Best Practices
We will not broadcast anything which is known to
be false, or baseless and is malafide or for which there
exists sufficient reasons to believe that the same may be
false, baseless or malafide.
We will strive to be accurate and establish the
truth. Accuracy is more important than speed and it is often
more than a question of getting the facts right. Accuracy
should not be sacrificed for the sake of competition and
the race to scoop one another. We will weigh all relevant
facts and information to get at the truth. Our reportage
will be well sourced, based on sound evidence. We will be
honest and open about what we do not know and avoid wild
First estimates of casualty figures often turn
out to be inaccurate. If different sources give different
estimates we should either report the range or go for the
source which carries the greatest authority and attribute
the estimate accordingly, openly acknowledging the source
of such information.
a) We aim
to never mislead our viewers and always protect their right
to know, to form their own opinion and safely consume our
content and understand our philosophy. We will be extra
sensitive to protect this right of our viewers and guard
it through verbal and visual disclaimers and reminders especially
in the following cases.
i. Conflict of interests
1. Internal Conflicts:
It could be a personal bias e.g. A crime reporter on
screen says that “I may say something objectionable
about police as I and my family have just been affected
and opinion (Refer to section 23 for Opinion)
iv. We should
disclose if our reports are censored or monitored or if
we withhold information, and explain, wherever possible,
the rules under which we are operating. We will be forthright
with viewers, listeners or readers about why certain information
is being withheld if security/existential threats are
If a reporter is embedded with the military
covering an operation it will be difficult to provide
If a reporter is reporting from an area under
militants/terrorists control he will not be able to
tell the entire truth with the barrel of the gun a foot
3. A channel might not be able to broadcast
certain content due to pressure and forced channel closure
from cable operators/PEMRA/Political Parties/Pressure
we have to comply with laws or regulation that we do
not necessarily agree with editorially, which might
be against our constitutional rights, we will inform
our viewers of the circumstances reasons for our forced
officials and public figures do not have the same right
to privacy as ordinary citizens
b) GEO will
respect the privacy of all, unless significant “public
c) There is
no single definition of public interest, it includes but
is not confined to:
or detecting crime.
significantly anti-social behaviour.
corruption or injustice.
significant incompetence or negligence.
people’s well-being and safety
people from being misled by some statement or action of
an individual or organization.
information that allows people to make a significantly
more informed decision about matters of public importance.
is also an element of public interest in freedom of expression
considering what is in the public interest we also need
to take account of information already in the public domain
or about to become available to the public.
d) In the
cases of sexual offences, heinous crime against children,
juveniles and women, names and identifying photographs shall
not be published with or without consent.
editorial control must be exercised in selecting material
on issues relating to privacy
Geo will maintain neutrality, fairness and impartiality
by adhering to the following principles and guidelines:
a) We will
aim for impartial coverage of news and current affairs
to promote fair and informed debate
b) We will
seek to provide a properly balanced service consisting
of a wide range of subject matter and views broadcast
over an appropriate time scale.
c) We will
strive to reflect a wide range of opinion and exploring
conflicting views so that no significant strand of thought
is knowingly masked or under represented.
d) We will
maintain neutrality and fairness in the choice of participants
as well as the questions given to them and the time given
to them to respond.
e) We will
avoid unjust or unfair treatment of individuals or organizations
in our programmes.
f) We will
give fair representation to all the contributions when
a programme is edited.
g) We will
give participants of a programme appropriate and timely
opportunity to respond whenever an alleged wrongdoing
or incompetence is presented. We will be careful neither
to snub any participant nor go on break to interrupt a
h) We will
make it clear to the public, whenever it happens, that
a person or an interested party to an argument was invited
to contribute to a programme and had refused to attend
it or chose not to make any comments.
i) We will
not broadcast any material amounting to blackmail as defined
in Pakistan penal code or incrimination of any person.
j) We will
take extra caution to ensure that the government’s
point of view is present especially when opposition is
anticipated in a program, news report etc. We will note
on a log-sheet a list of the government representatives
that were asked to participate but refused to do so or
were not available. This list will be available and will
be circulated to the Ministry of Information, if required,
on a regular basis.
k) We will
make all efforts through our producers and hosts to correct
errors of fact at the earliest opportunity and ensure
that corrections are broadcast in the next programme.
l) We will
practice and preach professionalism, balance and tolerance.
One of the reasons why we have historically refused to
bow down under pressure was that we were in practical
terms being asked to become personal and supportive and
side with the establishment against the opposition. However,
we aim to be careful not to violate those very principles
of neutrality in favour of any party.
m) We will
not be a party to anyone. That has been our stance from
day one. We will focus on facts. If there will be any
bias then it will be a bias towards justice, not the judiciary;
democracy not the politicians; State not the government
and accountability not vindictiveness. If there will be
any bias then it will be bias for the truth and for a
progressive and tolerant Pakistan.
n) We will
practice and emphasize tolerance for each other’s
ideas. We will ensure that we in GEO will not take things
personally, and even when we are unfairly attacked we
will react with balance and give the point of view of
the accuser as well.
o) Our hosts
will refrain from displaying too much emotion during the
show especially expressions of disbelief, shaking of heads,
smirks that can be construed as mocking the guest, extensive
sarcasm and abrupt interruptions bordering on rudeness
p) Our tone
and voice will be as neutral as possible and each guest
must be treated with the same civility as the other guests.
Derisory comments and taunting laughter by the host must
q) Our hosts
will not make the kind of one sided interventions which
reflect bias. Any such mistakes, if made will be edited
Unacceptable Examples :
i. Bilkul galat, Aisa nahi hai, Aisa nahi hai…
ii. Aap bilkul theek keh rahe hain, bilkul theek keh
rahe hain (Agreement)
iii. Drowning out a guest by shouting or raising voice.
a) Geo will
not normally use live unscripted two-ways (like beepers)
to report serious allegations.
b) We cannot
allow any guest to make an accusation or allegation unless
that person or his or her representative is there to defend
him or herself in reasonable time.
i. Reasonable time:
Immediately or right after the allegation
the same programme, through physical presence or through
audio. Ideally it should be physical if the accuser
is physically present. If for some reason the defendant
cannot be there, it should be made clear that he is
innocent and that he/she will be given a chance to defend
himself/herself in the immediately following program.
c) The allegation
must be in the public interest.
d) The allegation
must come from a source of proven credibility and reliability
that is in a position to have sufficient knowledge of the
events featured so that there is a strong reason for believing
that the allegation might be credible.
e) In areas,
where past admission of guilt has not taken place or legal
judgment hasn’t been passed, our hosts/ anchors are
advised to frame the allegations in a suggestive manner
as opposed to direct accusation.
nai mulk tora
report/person/judgment kay muttabiq, aap nai mulk tora
jata hey, aap nai mulk tora
6. Nuclear/Strategic Assets
a) We may
not have any broadcasts that contain unrestrained/unchallenged
opinions that are likely to hurt the security of the county’s
nuclear/strategic defence assets and capabilities.
b) Every attempt
will be made to take the point of view of the Defence Ministry
and to incorporate their version while broadcasting such
content. If the Defence Ministry is unavailable for comment,
we will attempt to take the point of view of the military
c) Unacceptable Example:
ko apne johari hathiyaroun ko tabah ker daina chahiye
johari tanseebat ko America kay hawalay ker daina chahiye
johari hathiyar jahadion kay haath lagney ka khatra hai.
d) Acceptable Example:
i. Difa kay hawalay se qoum kay khadshaat ko duur kiya
ii. We should not have a first strike policy
Nuclear waste dump is causing harm to environment, we
should try to alleviate this issue
7. Militants and Terrorism
a) Must not
promote, aid, abet, glorify or depict a heroic/sympathetic
picture of terrorism or terrorist activities or any other
criminal activities or offence defined in Pakistan Penal
Code or any other law in force.
b) Must not incite violence or any action prejudicial to
the maintenance of law and order in the country.
c) Must report
acts of terror quickly, accurately, fully and responsibly.
Our credibility is undermined by careless use of words which
carry emotional or value judgments.
d) Must differentiate
clearly-while reporting- between the concepts of: “negativity
of terrorism” and “promoting terrorism”.
e) May cover the family members of victims of suicide bombers.
f) Must not cover video footage of suicide bombers, terrorists,
militants and extremists making statements and pronouncements
which may promote aid or abet terrorist activities or terrorism.
g) Must ensure
that we differentiate between terrorism, secession and struggle
for fundamental rights and greater autonomy. It is very
difficult internationally to define terrorists or militants.
In Pakistan this situations is further exacerbated as neither
federal nor provincial governments have clearly laid down
the government stand or policy on this issue. The government
terms Baloch separatists traitors but the Interior Minister
offers to receive them at the airport and withdraw all cases
against them should they ever be willing to come to Pakistan.
Under such circumstances, we will exercise our editorial
judgment to try and differentiate between terrorism, secession
and struggle for fundamental rights and greater autonomy.
h) Will be
critical of the government if it moves to ban organizations
in haste and especially for political gains. Where such
an incident is observed, we will exercise our editorial
judgment to expose the same.
i. We must
take further precaution when airing such content to make
it clear through debate and discussion that terrorism cannot
be condoned in any condition and is an “unquestionably
negative” act. A disclaimer as well as some expert
opinion should be made during this broadcast.
ii. For the
militants, jihadis, suicide bombers, our anchors, hosts
or the newscasters will not use the word of “Shaheed”.
We will also avoid this word in general since it involves
a difficult value judgment and might be blasphemous as well,
as only God knows who is really Shaheed in His cause and
who is not.
i. Visit to the grave of the suicide
bombers/terrorists and projecting them as national/religious
heroes by stating that they are “Shaheeds”
and a fragrance exists around the graveyard.
ii. Laal masjid waloun ki madad kay liye
farishtey aaye they.
iii. Gen Musharraf ko qatal karna wajibul
islam hey- Osama Bin Laden
i. Militants nay kuch naye ilaqoun
pe qabza ker liya (provided a version of ISPR is given,
immediately after the news).
ii. Pakistani fouj ko Swat se bahar nikal
dain gey – Molana Siraj
iii. We should always try to negotiate
and discuss ways to resolve all issues, and use violence
as the last resort
8. Crime, Re-enactment and
We will not:
induce, incite, justify, reinforce or glorify violence or
terror or its perpetrators or contain anything against the
maintenance of law and order
violence or criminality as glamorous or an acceptable solution
violence against specific groups identified by race, national
or ethnic origin, colour, class, religion, gender, sexual
orientation, age or mental or physical disabilities.
d) Show footage
or reenactments of executions/murders in which graphic details
e) Show footage
or reenactment in which sex crime or rape is depicted with
salacious details of the crime and or the incident. Where
sensitive crime scenes including reenactments are aired
they must not be aired at family viewing time. Moreover,
a clear disclaimer should be given for such upcoming content
and PG sign should be aired throughout the program.
opportunities to any viewers to copy the modus operandi
of criminals and thereby encourage commission of any offences
or crimes. Divulge identity of any victim of rape or sexual
abuse or kidnapped or deceased or victims of terrorist attacks
or such victim’s family without prior written permission
of the victim or victim’s guardian.
in case the victim of rape or sexual abuse is a minor, we
will not divulge identity of the victim.
persons, groups or organizations that use or advocate the
use of violence or engage in any criminal activity within
Pakistan including relaying of head money or bounties other
than the competent courts or the government.
9. Human Suffering and Distress
suffering and distress are the kind of news which can help
prevent such further suffering. We will identify the people
responsible as well as create awareness and public support
against the perpetrators of such crimes. However, merely
sensationalizing the effects of human suffering and focusing
on the distressing factors alone should be avoided.
focused and highlighted gory images of bloodshed, corpses
and human organs and of severely injured persons will be
avoided-whether the footage is live or recorded. [This includes
the images from both the natural disasters and acts of terrorism.]
c) Geo will
give instructions and reminders during such live coverage
of events where blasts have just taken place that cameraman
will not zoom in on any body parts. Online producers will
be given instructions and reminders to edit out any such
clips or blur them.
d) PG disclaimers
in Urdu and English will remain on the screen throughout
such transmissions and verbal warnings will also be provided
by our anchors.
e) When we
know that a certain potentially disturbing footage is about
to be shown, the warning as well as the visual disclaimer
will go on air at least 30 seconds before the actual showing.
10. Demonstrations, Disturbances
coverage of demonstrations, disturbances and riots is an
important part of our news reporting and can help identify
and lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.
b) It is however
important that we assess the risk or the likelihood of further
disturbances by previewing the material before broadcast.
c) We must
withdraw our coverage/footage immediately if we have a fair
degree of suspicion that we are inflaming the situation.
d) When it
is difficult for reporters located on one side of a confrontation
to form a clear overall view, their material should be put
into a wider context for broadcast.
e) When describing
the size of a protest rally or procession extra precautions
will be taken not to exaggerate the head counts and editorial
help will be sought to arrive at the closest estimates.
11. LIVE Broadcasting
a) When reporting
live, we must preferably install a delay mechanism. However,
if the level of violence or disorder becomes too graphic
or is expected to become so then we may cut away from the
live and record the material for use in an edited report.
offensive jokes, words, songs, dialogues and subtitles shouldn’t
be broadcast in news programmes and serious talk shows.
b) Geo shall
ensure that serious talk shows and news programmes will
not have content that contains abusive or unduly discriminatory
material or comment which is based on matters of race, national
or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation,
marital status or physical or mental disability.
that stereotype images can and do have a negative effect,
it shall be our responsibility to exhibit, to the best of
our ability: a conscious sensitivity to the problems related
to sex-role stereotyping, by refraining from exploitation;
and by the reflection of the intellectual and emotional
equality of both sexes in our programming.
d) Our hosts,
anchors, newscasters and reporters should address each other
as well as our guests with respect and humility.
i. We should try to address each other
with formal words like “AAP” instead of “TU”
ii. When an expert or a guest is avoiding
a question or is being aggressive, our representative
should always give the benefit of the doubt to the expert
and not lose their sense of decorum at any cost. At no
point should we raise our voice and our tone should be
polite, patient but firm to put our point across and to
exercise control over the situation.
13. Political Satire vs.
We believe in tolerance for each other’s ideas and
feedback will make us overcome differences instead of being
divided by them. This will take our country and our people
towards a more progressive and peaceful society that we
all deserve. As part of this philosophy it is important
to laugh at oneself as well as our leaders and it is important
for our public figures to have tolerance for comments made
in a lighter vein. However we will be careful of the following
while doing so:
1. We will give a disclaimer related
to the above in order to communicate the philosophy of
tolerance as well as commend the tolerance of those who
are being depicted in the programme.
a) The ability to laugh at ourselves
is the best example of tolerance. Tolerance will enable
us to overcome our differences and learn from them instead.
We are thankful for the tolerance shown by the public
servants and personalities in such programmes. Apnay
aap par has kay geo.
2. We will create the distinction between
political satire and ridicule. Ridicule is described as
something that is below the belt and you would not be
comfortable watching it with your family. We shall avoid
material that is private and personal in nature or which
has to do with intimate details of family life.
3. We will not ridicule fun of the army,
the judiciary and anyone’s faith as that is prohibited
by our Constitution
4. These guidelines regarding ridicule
and political satire are regulated by the law of context
as well. Therefore the tolerance of humour at someone’s
expense will be more in a social satire programme than
in a talk show. We should avoid laughing at someone’s
expense in a serious talk show.
5. Personal, family life that is not
in public domain already and sexual references will be
avoided even in a comedy show.
a) We will
not broadcast anything defamatory as defined in the defamation
law. The definition of defamation includes malicious intent.
a. Geo will
avoid any derogatory remarks/ material about any religion
or sect or community or use of visual images or words contemptuous
of religious sects and ethnic groups or which promote communal
and sectarian biases, hatred or disharmony, or violence.
b. We will
ensure that the beliefs and practices of the world faiths
are described accurately when discussed and interfaith harmony
is promoted at all cost.
c. We will
ensure the religious views and beliefs of an individual,
a religion or religious denomination are not misrepresented,
abused or discriminated against, as judged against generally
d. We will
respect the religious sensitivity surrounding the observance
of holy days and the principal festivals of the various
faiths and sects and during those days will be more conscious
with greater sensitivity so that unnecessary and avoidable
offence is avoided by material that might be more acceptable
at other times.
e. In output,
dealing with the religious views and/or beliefs of a religion
or religious denomination as the central subject, we should
make clear both the identity of the faith and the purpose
of the output.
should not be used to recruit using public pressure, or
ridicule or prove a personal political point giving quotes
of the Quran/Hadees/interpretations in a live program or
in a program where there aren’t at least two known
and relevant Aalim-e-Deen present to refute or correct such
statements and references. Even in a non-live programme
such things should be avoided without the presence of at
least two well-known Aalim-e-Deen.
programmes must not seek to promote religious views or beliefs
in any form will be discouraged, or condemned and where
not possible to do both we should rather be silent about
violence is associated with religion and can’t be
avoided during a discussion we or an expert should explain
that one should not take law into one’s own hands
and that the state sanctioned institutions can only sanction
violence where applicable after due process.
questions can be hurtful to one's belief. We will be conscious
of sensitivities but will also value the right to raise
questions. The distinction and tradeoff will require discussion
and debate internally before such things are allowed or
encouraged to go on air, especially live. For example questions
that are intended to bridge gaps, which are asked to understand
are different from aggressive questions that are designed
to increase differences and animosity and cause deliberate
offense. Much of the fine line exists in this distinction
within the context and the framing of the questions as well
as the intention itself and thus all such sensitive tradeoffs
will require a proactive discussion with Editorial Committee
and head of the department beforehand. When in doubt, discuss
and debate to raise consciousness.
aspersions against the President is not allowed by the Constitution
of Pakistan and the prevailing law3.
b) The President
is the symbol of the Federation and the constitution in
spirit deems him/her to be neutral. If however, the President
holds a political office his role can and will be criticized
c) We don’t
have to necessarily agree with the President’s policies
and can criticize them but we need to differentiate between
“respect for the office” and “disagreement
with the policies”. If, however, the President violates
his oath or Article 41 of the Constitution of Pakistan then
the media has the right to discuss and debate the pros and
cons of it with equal balance as a political and business
17. Armed Forces
a) We cannot
broadcast any material that will contain aspersions against
the armed forces of Pakistan as dictated by the Constitution
of Pakistan and the prevailing law.
b) We will
support the armed forces and celebrate their achievements,
as we recognize them as an integral part of the State as
well as a guarantor of its sovereignty.
if the military intervenes in politics and industry and
contravenes the Constitution of Pakistan then the media
has the right to discuss and debate the pros and cons of
it with equal balance as a political and business entity.
competence and performance of Armed Forces will be open
i. Sara fasaad fouj ka phailaya hua
ii. Be-ghairat fouj
iii. America ki pittho fouj
iv. Poori fouj corrupt hai
i. Gen. Yahya Khan agar waqt per faisla
ker laitey tau mulk nahi tout’ta.
ii. Fouj ko siyasat main mudakhlat nahi
iii. Difai budget mein kami ki gunjaish
iv. Difai budget ko parliament zeir-e-behes
la sakti hai
v. Fouj mein bhi corruption hai
a) We cannot
broadcast any material that will contain aspersions against
the Judiciary of Pakistan as dictated by the Constitution
of Pakistan and the prevailing law4.
b) We will
not broadcast any programme or discussion that will amount
to contempt of the court and on sub-judice matters.
c) We will
support Judiciary as much as we can and celebrate its achievements
and its role in advancing justice, as we recognize it as
an integral part of the State.
opinions and fair criticism can be made on the applicability
of the principles of law once the case has been decided.
criticism of the performance of judiciary will be encouraged
for the betterment of the institution.
f) Unacceptable Example:
i. Adalat ne chamak main aa kay faisla
ii. Hum in adalatoun ko nahi mantey
iii. Saf nazar aa raha hay kay Adalat
kaya faisla karnay wali hai
iv. Fouj aur adlia ki raaton raat meeting
hotee hai aur phir faislay hotay hain
i. Adalatee nizaam main islaah honee
adaliya main corruption ka khatma hona chahiye
iii. Adalaton ko awam ke muqadmaat par
tawajju deinee chahiye
iv. Matehat adalatoun main sainkrroun
afraad nasal dar nasal ghomtey rehte hain lekin un ko
insaaf nahi milta.
As per the Constitution of Pakistan only Allah is sovereign
and this sovereignty is vested in people of Pakistan who
in turn elect their representatives through one man one
vote system. Parliament is the author of the constitution.
a) Respect our elected parliament and
parliamentarians and encourage them to establish good
b) Celebrate good work done by the Parliament
and its committees especially the Public Accounts Committee.
c) Guide the parliament through news
and views to do better law making.
d) Not ridicule parliament as an institution.
Parliament as an institution should not be held accountable
for the errors/corruption/crime of individual members.
e) Criticize the role of parliament if
it is seen to be deviating from the constitution.
20. South Asia
a) We will
always promote sovereignty of Pakistan.
b) We will
support the discourse of peace, trade and culture and tourism
especially with our neighbours.
c) We will
show best practices of South Asia, derive historical learnings
and current comparative progress to encourage a healthy
21. Friendly Countries
a) We will
respect Pakistan’s relations with all countries. However,
we may criticize their policies on merit. We should also
be careful in not revealing sensitive information which
can be harmful to the national security and affect foreign
i. Saudi Arab main shahzadoun ki bagahwat
aur shahzadion ki taraf se huqooq-i-niswan ki tahreek
kay matalliq baat na ki jaye
ii. Saudi Arab nai Pakistan mein Shia
Sunni fasad ko hawa dee…
iii. Misir nay hameshah Pakistan dushmani
kee hai …
i. Munshiyaat faroosh kerne kay jurm
main 2 afraad kay sar qalam kar diye gaye.
ii. Misir aur Pakistan kay taalooqat
mushkal rahen hai magar abb behtari hoi hay…
Geo will ensure that:
a) No moderator,
anchor person or host propagates any opinion or acts in
any manner prejudicial to the state of Pakistan, its sovereignty,
integrity and Pakistan.
and discussion to highlight the risks to the sovereignty
of Pakistan with the intention to decrease those risks will
be encouraged and considered a national service.
and footage received from foreign countries and news agencies
will be carefully monitored so that it is not used against
our national interest. However, the material can be used
for debate and discussions with a view to mitigate any serious
Empowering our viewers with information and knowledge
enriches their lives. Information helps them to make their
own opinions. Though as a news network we favour facts over
opinion; however opinions are important as well because
they not only enrich the value of the information but in
a society where facts are difficult to ascertain, opinions
spark debate and help bring the facts out. Given this complex
relationship between “fact & opinion” the
following guidelines have to be followed while dealing with
opinions in our programmes:
a) We must
ensure that the matter commented upon is fair; both sides
or main viewpoints are expressed and a variety of opinion
is presented and undue prominence of one thought is not
b) The matter
on which opinion is being given is in the public interest.
c) We must
ensure that the expression of opinion is not allowed to
be understood as an assertion of fact. Opinion should clearly
be distinguished from facts at all cost. We must protect
our viewers from innocently consuming opinions as facts
through disclaimers and reminders.
d) No such
opinion should be given which is not countered, confronted
or challenged by equally weighted guests. Therefore we cannot
have likeminded guests on shows. This is to ensure that
we balance the points of view, and maintain our impartial
Our presenters, reporters and correspondents are the public
faces and voices of Geo; they can have a significant impact
on perceptions of our impartiality and following guidelines
need to be observed:
e) When we
specifically invite someone from our own group as a guest
in a programme or on beeper, we should ask them to give
disclaimer or we should give a disclaimer on their behalf
which clarifies that their opinion is independent and is
not that of the institution itself.
f) We must
ensure that our journalists and presenters including those
in the news and current affairs, during routine broadcasts,
may not provide personal opinions (based on personal bias
and views) that can undermine public’s trust in Geo’s
impartiality- which is a promise to our viewers we cannot
break at any cost.
g) We must
ensure that “Direct Value Judgments” should
be avoided by our newscasters. Adverbs and adjectives lead
to value judgments, and they may not match the perception
of the viewer. Unless it is an identifiable political discussion
programme we are not in the business of hawking opinions
or forecasting; we give news as it happens. We should avoid
making sweeping generalizations.
h) We must
ensure that commentary and analysis shall be clearly distinguished
in the news and actual news should precede the commentary
i) Even in
our political discussions, whenever an opinion is being
given by our host, not only should they indicate the difference
between fact and opinion, but also make sure that they try
to give both opinions themselves. Example: …mera yeh
khayla hay…merei opinion hay
Promos of our opinionated programmes should also carry the
disclaimer, clearly identifying them as political programmes
will be given at the beginning of the promo, during the
promo, and as a scroll at the end. Plus it will be verbally
pointed out during the beginning and the end
i. Disclaimer before the program: Empowering
our viewers with information and knowledge enriches their
lives. That information is used to make their opinions.
We favor fact over opinion. However opinions are important
as well not only because they enrich the value of the
information but also because in a society where facts
are difficult to ascertain and access, opinions cannot
be ignored. Please do not take the following opinions
Bloomberg to be used when negatives points are being given
to much. This will contain positive statistics: The intention
of criticism is not to create despondency but to be used
as a value to improve lives and resolve issues. We will
try our best to present positive as well as negatives sides
of the picture. However, ignorance cannot solve the problems
that come with knowledge. Jaan
PG: Parental Guidance warnings and disclaimers.
2 Examples given in this document are illustrative
for better understanding. Any similarity with actual events
is purely coincidental.
3 Refer to Article 63-1(g) of the constitution
of Pakistan and Page 9 clause (g) of PEMRA Rules 2009 which
state: "No programme shall be aired
which contains aspersions against the Judiciary and integrity
of the Armed Forces of Pakistan"
4 Refer to Article 63-1(g) of the constitution
of Pakistan and Page 9 clause (g) of PEMRA Rules 2009 which
state: "No programme shall be aired which contains aspersions
against the Judiciary and integrity of the Armed Forces of