The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has actually enforced a penalty of Rs200,000 on news channel Neo News for broadcasting “insensitive, demeaning, negative and unfriendly” statements by cricketer Abdul Razzaq and others against Pakistan ladies’s cricket team player Nida Dar throughout its program ‘G Sarkar with Nauman Ijaz’.
In a video from the programme broadcast on June 6, Razzaq was discussing Dar’s appearance, highly implying that the latter looked more like a guy than a female. The clip had captured the interest and wrath of social media sites.
Subsequently, distinguished tennis player Aisamul Haq Qureshi had submitted a complaint with Pemra’s Council of Complaints through Lawyer Khadija Siddiqi, seeking activity versus Neo Information.
According to Pemra’s order in case, a duplicate of which is offered with Dawn.com, the complaint claimed the women host on the program also “degrades and also shames the career adopted by female cricketers, specifically mentioning that women cricketers primarily leave cricket when they get wed”.
Following the submission of the grievance, the Council of Complaints observed that the comment on females leaving cricket after marriage was a “generalisation” that “brings about outright discrimination against female sex”.
Describing remarks by Razzaq, the council stated that the cricketer was “implying an infered notion that cricket is a sporting activity only implied for kids, that specify the masculine nature of the sporting activity”.
The order also made a reference to the female host asking Dar whether a cricket gamer could sporting activity long hair.
” The female host is insinuating that short hair is as well manly which females cricketers are rather an anomaly,” the council claimed.
Making a reference to an additional comment by host and star by Nauman Ijaz, where he asked why professional athletes didn’t play the sport wearing a three-piece fit, the council called the statement “extremely problematic, deep rooted [in] misogyny and also prejudice and ridicule”.
” This perspective shows how widely accepted the belief is that males are more qualified to act misogynistically than women are entitled not to be treated hatefully,” it said, adding that females should have to be treated with respect as well as attacks encouraged by gender were to be taken seriously.
The participant’s advise, Amina Ali, kept that comments made during the show were “basic in nature” and also had been “misconstrued” by the petitioner to taint the credibility of the channel in question.
The participant better sent that the programme was “comic in nature” and also “it is crucial to recognize that requirements of humour or funny includes greater than commonly puns, using words and also witty repartees.”
Ali added that hosts on the show remained in “awe and also appreciation” of Dar and were seen “motivating as well as sustaining her”.
She preserved that the remark of the host( s) were gotten of context, misrepresented as well as misunderstood.
” Therefore, levelling such unwarranted accusations and pointless cases identical to damage to the reputation and credibility of the Participant Channel.”
The council, nevertheless, ended that the comments made versus Dar were “insensitive, demeaning, disparaging and inhuman”, and also in violation of Pemra legislations. It recommended that a penalty of Rs500,000 be imposed on Neo News as well as the network be routed to release an unconditional apology to the plaintiff and also women overall and also refrain from giving airtime to visitor audio speakers with a history of making aloof remarks in the direction of ladies. It additionally required routing all satellite networks to be “careful while airing content concerning females”.
Pemra authorized all the referrals with the exception of the imposition of a fine worth Rs500,000, instead enforcing a fine of Rs200,000 on Neo Information.
Talking about the issue, the chairperson of Pemra Council of Complaints, Ahmad Pansota, claimed in a declaration: “An additional notable reasoning gone by Pemra Council of Complaints … on the sexist, misogynistic, sex stereotyped aloof comments gone by the Host, co-hosts and also the guest cricketer Abdul Razzak aired on Neo, targeting Nida Dar, an established female cricketer.”
“The hosts and guests on the show ganged up to ridicule the cricketer, which was manifestly mirrored from their continuous demeaning as well as undesirable comments,” he claimed, adding that the reasoning sent out a loud and also clear message that sexism and misogyny were not appropriate.
“They identical to discrimination, therefore in offense of the Standard procedure as well as Constitution of Pakistan,” Pansota claimed.