Pakistan: RSF calls for end to Geo TV’s illegal suspension

first_imgThis is not the first time that Geo TV has been blocked. The news channel was suspended in June 2014 after one of its presenters publicly blamed the intelligence services for a shooting attack in which he was badly injured.Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News A security guard was hospitalized with injuries received when stopping an attack on the home of Geo TV presenter Saleem Safi (right). The military have often blocked broadcasting of the TV network, as in June 2014 (left) (photos: Asif Hassan / AFP – Twitter). “With just months to go to general elections, the military high command must give clear signs of support for the media freedom needed for democratic debate, starting with the restoration of Geo TV’s channels. If independent journalism is not respected, Pakistan will no longer be able to enjoy media pluralism and will inevitably sink back into a hardline military dictatorship of the purest kind.” to go further RSF_en Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Geo TV ’s channels have been blocked throughout most of Pakistan, including Lahore and Karachi, since the start of April. According to the network’s CEO, Ibrahim Rahman, the channels are off the air in 80% of the country.The Pakistani government has denied responsibility for blocking Geo TV. So has the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), which issued a statement on 2 April instructing cable operators to restore the network’s channels.All eyes are turned on the Pakistani military, whose activities often receive critical coverage by Geo TV. The military control cable networks in all districts and therefore effectively control Geo TV’s distribution, which had already been blocked in military garrisons and military residential areas since early March.Two armed men meanwhile tried to break into Geo News presenter Saleem Safi’s home in Islamabad on 4 April, attacking the security guard who stopped them. The attack came shortly after Safi posted an article on the Jang news website (owned by the same media group as Geo TV) in which he accused the military of trying to influence the general elections in mid-2018.“The round-the-clock blocking of Geo TV and the attack on one of its journalists constitute yet new evidence, if any were needed, of the Pakistani’s military’s complete ascendancy over the country’s civilian authorities,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Follow the news on Pakistancenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the illegal suspension by cable operators of Geo TV’s five channels, including Geo News, Pakistan’s leading TV news channel, and calls on the authorities to end the suspension, which is reportedly being carried out at the Pakistani military’s behest. News News April 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Economic pressureViolenceFreedom of expression PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Economic pressureViolenceFreedom of expression Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News April 11, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Pakistan: RSF calls for end to Geo TV’s illegal suspension January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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