Aaj TV resumes transmission -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Aaj TV resumes transmission

ISLAMABAD: A private TV news station resumed transmission on Thursday after more than 12 hours off the air — a blackout imposed by the government for allowing a critic of President Pervez Musharraf to appear on air.

The station resumed transmission early Thursday after 12 and half hours of suspension, according to Director News Talat Hussain. “We believe this has got something to do with the participants, particularly Nusrat Javed and the content of the programme,” Hussain said. “We take strong exception to this and believe it is an infringement on our right” to freedom of expression. Before a state of emergency was imposed last year, Javed hosted a political talk show on Aaj that was highly critical of Musharraf.

The government denied the channel was ever blocked. “The channel was not stopped,” said a spokesman for the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, which supervises private radio and TV stations. The spokesman would not give his name, citing official policy. The satellite transmission of Aaj television was blocked late on Wednesday after commentator Javed appeared, said Aslam Dogar, an assignment editor at the station.
Source: Daily Times
Date:2/8/2008