The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has enforced a fine of Rs200,000 on information network Neo News for airing “aloof, undermining, demeaning and also despiteful” remarks by cricketer Abdul Razzaq and also others versus Pakistan ladies’s cricket team player Nida Dar during its programme ‘G Sarkar with Nauman Ijaz’.
In a video from the programme broadcast on June 6, Razzaq was commenting on Dar’s look, strongly implying that the last looked even more like a man than a woman. The clip had caught the attention as well as wrath of social media sites.
Ultimately, distinguished tennis gamer Aisamul Haq Qureshi had actually filed an issue with Pemra’s Council of Complaints with Barrister Khadija Siddiqi, looking for activity versus Neo Information.
According to Pemra’s order in the event, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, the issue said the women host on the show also “degrades and reproaches the occupation adopted by women cricketers, specifically mentioning that women cricketers mainly leave cricket when they get married”.
Following the submission of the complaint, the Council of Complaints observed that the talk about ladies leaving cricket after marital relationship was a “generalisation” that “brings about outright discrimination against women gender”.
Referring to remarks by Razzaq, the council said that the cricketer was “indicating a surmised notion that cricket is a sporting activity only implied for children, that specify the masculine nature of the sport”.
The order additionally made a referral to the female host asking Dar whether a cricket player might sporting activity long hair.
” The women host is insinuating that brief hair is as well masculine and that females cricketers are somewhat an abnormality,” the council stated.
Making a reference to one more remark by host and also actor by Nauman Ijaz, where he asked why professional athletes really did not play the sport wearing a three-piece match, the council described the comment “very problematic, deep rooted [in] misogyny as well as bias and contempt”.
” This mindset shows just how widely accepted the belief is that guys are more qualified to behave misogynistically than females are entitled not to be dealt with hatefully,” it stated, including that women was worthy of to be treated with respect and also attacks encouraged by gender were to be taken seriously.
The participant’s advice, Amina Ali, maintained that remarks made throughout the program were “general in nature” and also had been “misunderstood” by the petitioner to revile the track record of the network in question.
The respondent additionally submitted that the programme was “comic in nature” as well as “it is essential to comprehend that criteria of humour or funny consists of more than typically puns, playing on words and amusing repartees.”
Ali added that hosts on the program remained in “awe as well as appreciation” of Dar as well as were seen “encouraging and sustaining her”.
She kept that the remark of the host( s) were gotten of context, misstated as well as misunderstood.
” Hence, levelling such ungrounded complaints and frivolous insurance claims tantamount to harm to the reputation and also trustworthiness of the Participant Network.”
The council, however, wrapped up that the remarks made against Dar were “aloof, demeaning, disparaging as well as inhuman”, and also in offense of Pemra legislations. It suggested that a penalty of Rs500,000 be troubled Neo Information and the channel be routed to issue an unconditional apology to the complainant and also ladies as a whole and avoid giving airtime to visitor speakers with a history of making insensitive remarks in the direction of women. It additionally asked for guiding all satellite channels to be “cautious while broadcasting content relating to females”.
Pemra approved all the recommendations besides the imposition of a great worth Rs500,000, instead imposing a penalty of Rs200,000 on Neo News.
Discussing the issue, the chairperson of Pemra Council of Complaints, Ahmad Pansota, stated in a statement: “An additional recognized reasoning passed by Pemra Council of Complaints … on the sexist, misogynistic, gender stereotypical insensitive comments passed by the Host, co-hosts as well as the visitor cricketer Abdul Razzak aired on Neo, targeting Nida Dar, an accomplished women cricketer.”
“The hosts and visitors on the program ganged up to mock the cricketer, which was manifestly mirrored from their continual demeaning as well as undesirable comments,” he stated, including that the reasoning sent out a loud and also clear message that sexism and also misogyny were not appropriate.
“They tantamount to discrimination, hence in offense of the Code of Conduct and also Constitution of Pakistan,” Pansota stated.