Geo News, among Pakistan’s important news stations, took off broadcast a media conference in JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday with its anchor describing it was since the Pakistan Electronic Media Authority has banned a live telecast of the occasion. Maulana Fazlur Rehman, an opposition politician, will march towards Islamabad in an effort to topple Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.
His”Azadi March” intends to put in Islamabad on October 31. A supervisor at a news station told that PEMRA has requested them to not show Maulana Fazlur Rehman live.”They haven’t issued any written order, but through WhatsApp messages (it has been conveyed) and everyone is bound to follow,” he stated, adding it is illegal to the problem” written and verbal” directives into”blackout” some specific party or boss.
Hamid Mir, a prominent Pakistani journalist and the host of Capital Talk series on Geo News, tweeted on October 12 which Pemra has”forced TV channels not to show” the press conference of Maulana Fazalur Rehman.
He explained that the government was showing weakness by”imposing unannounced censorship” at Pakistan. Anchorperson and another journalist advised there isn’t any law where Pemra could inquire TV stations to politicians that interrogated. He, however, explained that directions have been issued to the Pakistan Broadcaster’s Association” which comprised owners and not journalists”.The anchorperson, that requested to not be named, said that similar instructions were issued to its JUI-F’s”Azadi March”.
This isn’t the first time a Pakistani TV station was barred from broadcasting interviews or press conferences of resistance leaders. Asif Zardari, former Pakistani president, also Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, have faced similar limitations. Munizae Jahangir, an anchor stated the wave of censorship isn’t too present. When asked if the government was supporting it, Jahangir explained, “if the government is not behind this current wave of censorship, then why is it still happening?
She points a finger in”undemocratic forces” for censorship in the press.”If you do have undemocratic forces influencing democracy, then you will see censorship in the media,” she added.”It is totally illegal and naked censorship and in violation of the law of the land,” Iqbal Khattak, a representative of Reporters Without Borders in Pakistan. “We condemn this and urge PEMRA to defend freedom of expression instead of violating the constitution which guarantees every citizen the right to express himself or herself.”