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PAKISTAN: Protect media from the onslaught of the military establishment

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Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a show cause notice to the Geo Television for the cancellation of its license on the instructions of the Ministry of Defence, initiated by the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), an illegal spy agency of the armed forces. The ISI with the help of army personnel has stopped the broadcasting of Geo TV in all the cantonment areas of the country. There are reports that the ISI has forced the cable operators in different parts of the country to stop carrying the channel. The circulation of the daily Jang and daily The News of the Geo group were also stopped all over the country and cantonment areas. Read More...

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