PEMRA Responds to Viral News of Ban on YouTube Channels

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Another viral story on social and mainstream media has clothed to be fake and fabricated because the Pakistan Electronic Media regulatory agency (PEMRA) has categorically denied imposing any fee on YouTube channels.

Addressing media in Islamabad, Chairman PEMRA, Mirza Aslam Baig, said that the authority has no decision to place a ban on YouTube channels.

“We had only sought suggestions to manage web TVs and YouTube channels,” he said and added that the work on new channel licenses are going to be completed in three to four months

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Earlier, a faction of media had aired the news claiming that PEMRA, on the direction of the federal, was getting to enforce a license on Web TV and Over the highest TV (OTT) Content Services in Pakistan.

The news article blamed the govt for using cheap tactics to “curtail the liberty of speech and to gag voices.”

However, PEMRA quickly issued a rebuttal of the story saying that no such action was taken.

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“The objective for the consultation on regulating Web TV & OTT Services is elaborated in Section 1.2 of the Consultation Paper wherein it’s been elaborated that the extensive growth of the online TV and OTT market and therefore the excessive disruption of those services to traditional broadcast services have made regulators vigilant everywhere the planet .”

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