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Choking Geo

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Geo TV went off air last night, accepting a Pemra directive though disagreeing with it. But it raises serious questions about how laws are framed and implemented. In what form of democracy is the accused sentenced and punished without even being given a chance to present a defence? That is exactly what Pemra has done […]

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IHC disposes of petition against Geo, Jang Group

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) disposed of the petition regarding cancellation of licence of Pakistan’s most famous TV channel Geo News and checks on the publications of the Jang Group as the petitioners failed to pursue the case. On the occasion of hearing of the case on Thursday, the petitioners and their counsel did […]

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IHC takes up sacked Pemra chief’s petition today

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan of the Islamabad High Court will take up on Monday a petition filed by Chaudhry Rasheed who has challenged his removal as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). Chaudhry Rashid was appointed Pemra chairman on Jan 26 last year by the PPP government and he was dismissed […]

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Outpouring of solidarity with army, ISI

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KARACHI: Amidst seething anger over the vilification of Pakistan Army and its premier spy agency – the Inter-Services Intelligence – by Geo TV, rallies were staged in all major towns and cities of the country to express solidarity with the national security institution. In the metropolis, various political and politico-religious parties – including Sunni Ittehad […]

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UK rally backs Hamid Mir, warns against ban on Geo

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LONDON: Pakistanis in Britain have called on the government of Pakistan to ensure that Hamid Mir gets justice through a thorough and completely transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding a well-planned gun attack aimed at ending his life in Karachi a week ago. At a large rally held outside Pakistan High Commission here, British Pakistanis […]

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US says it is watching events after attack on Hamid Mir

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WASHINGTON: The US has said it is watching developments in Pakistan after the attack on Geo TV journalist Hamid Mir as it launched an annual press freedom campaign. “On the expected blockage of Geo TV, we’re aware of these reports and also aware of the reports that the government has sent a reference to the […]

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IHC, LHC dismiss pleas for ban on Geo, Jang Group

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Friday dismissed the petition of a local journalist, seeking ban on Geo television. The petitioner named the Federation of Pakistan through secretary Ministry of Defence, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Mir Ibrahim Rehman, chief executive officer Geo TV, Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, Amir […]

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Britain’s largest media union deplores attack on Hamid Mir, Geo

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LONDON: The National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ireland (NUJ), Britain’s largest media union, has deplored attack on famous Geo TV anchor Hamid Mir and condemned the application to Pemra seeking ban on Geo TV for allegedly maligning national institutions. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ’s General Secretary, called on Pakistani authorities to provide safety to […]

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IFJ Condemns Call to Shut Down Pakistan’s Largest TV Station

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned a request from the Pakistan Ministry of Defence for the government to shut down the country’s largest television news station, Geo. According to media reports, on Tuesday, 22 April, in the first action of its kind, the Ministry of Defence requested that the government invoke media regulations […]

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Government moves to cancel license of country’s largest television network

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In the aftermath of allegations and counter allegations following the April 19 attempted murder of popular anchor Hamid Mir, Pakistan government sought to ban the country’s largest television channel on the complaint initiated by the country’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. On April 22, 2014 the federal Ministry of Defence filed a reference with Pakistan […]

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ISI and media infighting

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IN the bizarre, whiplash-inducing fallout of the Hamid Mir shooting, an alarming new twist has occurred: the Ministry of Defence — really, the army/ISI leadership — has petitioned Pemra to cancel the TV licence of Geo News while also calling for action against the Jang group’s flagship newspapers under the defamation and press laws of […]

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Move to shut down Geo challenged in SHC

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KARACHI: A division bench of the Sindh High Court, after hearing in detail a petition filed by the Independent Media Corporation (Pvt) Ltd. to challenge the arbitrary manner in which the federal government acting through ministries of interior and defence has complained to Pemra seeking cancellation of Geo News licence issued notices to both the […]

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Closure of any newspaper, channel not acceptable: CPNE

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LAHORE: The Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) in its emergent meeting held at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal in Lahore unanimously declared that closure of any media house or cancellation of licence or declaration of any channel or publication will not be acceptable as it is not in the national interest. Any such action will be tantamount […]

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PEMRA to conclude hearing within week

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Islamabad: Ministry of Defense’s reference against Geo TV may not only result in cancellation of its license but the continual violation of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) rules may also bring three-year-imprisonment with hard labour to the people involved. The Minister of defense on Tuesday sent to Pemra a regular reference for imposing […]

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