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PEMRA closes down radio station

Staff Report

KARACHI: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has expressed concern over the closure of a radio station at Balakot, NWFP, by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). The AHRC statement said on Tuesday that the action was taken over some programs that criticised the alleged misuse of funds allocated for the rehabilitation programmes carried out by government agencies in earthquake affected area, especially the Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA).

The management of Mast FM 103, which has five radio stations all over the country, had decided to start operating from Balakot after the October 8 earthquake in the Northern Areas. The management obtained temporary permission from PEMRA on November 8, 2005. The radio station, set up with an investment of Rs.8 million (USD 125,000), was purely operating on a non-commercial basis.
Source: Daily Times