Ban on Geo Super transmission flayed -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Ban on Geo Super transmission flayed

RAWALPINDI: The office-bearers of the Chitral Press Club, Pakistan Athletics Association member and former national athlete Rehmat Khan, provincial leader of PML-N Fazlur Rehman advocate, Chitral District Bar Association General Secretary Azeem Beg, Human Rights Foundation Chairman Niaz A Niazi advocate and District Football Association Chitral President Taj Muhammad Khan on Wednesday expressed concern for continuous restriction on the Geo Super transmission.

In the meeting of the Chitral Press Club, the office-bearers noted with concern that Pemra had closed the only sports channel of the country, Geo Super, for the last two months, which is tantamount to restriction of freedom of expression. Through a resolution, the meeting demanded that like other channels, Geo Super should also be granted a licence for transmission from Pakistan because the closure of the channel was discouraging the youth. Abdul Ghaffar Lal, Taj Muhammad Figar, Shah Murad Beg, Muhammad Rahim Beg and others addressed the meeting and condemned the restriction on Geo Super.

Others, who criticised the restriction on transmission of Geo Super, in their separate statements described the ban as a vindictive measure of the government for speaking the truth. They said the Geo Super is a Pakistani channel and has the right to air its programmes in Pakistan and the ban on the channel is tantamount to usurping the fundamental rights. They said the pressure on the channel to air its programmes from abroad is immoral and illegal. They demanded that Geo Super should be immediately granted licence to air its programmes from Pakistan.

Meanwhile, at the end of a cricket match between the Khan Eleven and Sarwar Khan Eleven in Taxila, the players staged a protest in support of the Geo Super. Hundreds of people, including local political leaders, participated in the protest and the speakers described the ban on the Geo Super as enmity with the youth of the country.
Source: The News
Date:6/2/2011