Suspension of Geo TV deplored

KARACHI: Pakistan Journalists Association (PAJ) UK has strongly condemned the suspension of Geo TV which is the country’s largest private broadcaster. “It is a politically motivated attack on freedom of expression and the media,” said PJA in a statement issued from London. PAJ expressed its sadness over this act by PEMRA and termed the suspension of Geo TV a serious attack on press freedom in Pakistan.

It is the latest act in an organized campaign of harassment and intimidation targeting the network,” said Wajahat Ali Khan Secretary General PAJ UK.

PJA demanded that Pakistani authorities must immediately reverse this ban. “If there are concerns about the content of Geo TV broadcasts, the authorities should address this in line with international human rights standards – not simply move to silence a critical voice.”

It may be noted that the governmental body Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has ruled that the licenses of Geo TV be suspended for 15 days with immediate effect.

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