Taliban to launch media regulatory authority
REZAUL H LASKAR
Islamabad, July 4: The Taliban will soon launch their own "media regulatory authority" to monitor press and TV reports to prevent
"false" statements about Islam, a militant spokesman said today, warning that a second-time violator of its media guidelines will "be executed".
In an email sent to journalists, Taliban Media Centre spokesman Muhammad
Omer said the militants were working on the "Taliban
Media Regulatory Authority", which would be "operational in the next few days".
"Its main objective is to monitor the media closely so that not a single false statement regarding Islam and Islamic ideologies should
be broadcast nor any disputed matter could be discussed
in media," the statement said.
Anyone violating the Taliban's media guidelines for the first time would be fined, Omer said.
Anyone who commits a second violation will "be executed while taking the suo moto action," he added. Omer said other details of the regulatory authority "will be given shortly."
He also sought suggestions and comments from journalists, and assured that the Taliban would respond to any questions. The spokesman claimed TV channels and newspapers were working as allies of the government and intelligence agencies.
They should "be prepared for what they deserved", he added. Omer also indicated that the decision to set up a media regulatory authority
was a response to the media's failure to highlight the Taliban Media Centre's statement distancing the militants from last week's suicide
attack on the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Jul 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Jul 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:00:00 IST
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