Now any one can complain to PEMRA or Government of Pakistan against any TV / News Channel.
Dedicated and trained staff would be available at service of the callers on 24/7 basis. The public can now lodge their complaints, suggestions or comments with regard to services, quality of content of the private TV channels, FM radios and cable TV networks through toll free number (0800-73672), said the press release.
How to Report / Complain ?
Besides, the phone complaints / feed back can also be lodged through:
- PEMRA Website: www.pemra.gov.pk/feedback
- E-mail: email
- Fax No. +92-51-9107147
The Chairman said that Launching of complaints call centre is one step ahead to facilitate public at their door steps through one window facility and this would definitely work as catalyst to bridge divide between the stakeholders and PEMRA.
PEMRA believes in freedom of expression and media but the freedom must be coupled with responsibility and in conformity to societal norms.
It is the public who should decide that what they want to see or not instead of regulators or media operators. No content or advertisement can be designed or shown unless it is endorsed or accepted by the public.
The Complaints call centre would also help PEMRA in defining its future course of regulations and decisions said Chairman PEMRA. PEMRA resolved that the complaints data would be made public on quarterly basis.
Chairman PEMRA Dr. Abdul Jabbar said that in addition to call centre PEMRA, under section 26 of its law, has also established Councils of Complaints at four provincial capitals and one at Federal Capital comprising of eminent persons for the purpose of redressing public complaints / grievances against broadcast media and distribution services.
These Councils have so far been able to amicably redress nearly 5,800 public complaints of various genre throughout the county, mostly against cable TV operators.