Ban on Sindhi TV channel deplored
WASHINGTON: The World Sindhi Institute has protested against the ban on Sindh TV, a Sindhi channel that beams its programmes from Singapore which are said to have a sizeable viewership in Pakistan. The banning orders were issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on 8 November. The Sindhi rights group, based in North America and the United Kingdom, said it condemns this restrictive action and demands that the ban be lifted immediately. The implications of such “unreasonable, authoritative restrictions” are grave, it added. Closing down the channel will eliminate a reliable source of news, entertainment and cultural expression of a people who are already “under siege”.
Reporters Without Borders has also called on PEMRA to rescind the orders, as well as voiced concern about threats said to have been made against Pervaiz Narejo, a Sindh TV correspondent. He is supposed to have earned the ire of an MMA figure who was shown on the Sindhi channel hitting a policeman on duty in the town of Dadu. With Headquarters in Bangkok, Sindh TV has been broadcasting through satellite and cable since October 2004. khalid hasan.
Source: Daily Times