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PAKISTAN: Government must restore the arbitrarily suspended broadcast license of ‘ARY News’ with immediate effect

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Statement : The government of Pakistan through its regulatory body, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has banned a local television channel, the “ARY News” and has arbitrarily suspended its license for a period of 15 days, and imposed a fine of Rs.10 million (approximately USD 97,000) for airing on 20th October 2014 an allegedly derogatory programme against the judiciary. Read More...

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