CPNE condemns media blackout

President, general secretary express serious concerns over Pemra order to take TV channels off air

Our Correspondent November 25, 2017

KARACHI: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has condemned the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) move to take TV channels off air following a crackdown on religious protesters in Islamabad.

According to a statement, CPNE President Zia Shahid and General Secretary Ejazul Haq expressed serious concerns over the order, and demanded that the government should immediately restore the broadcast.

They noted that the suspension of broadcast was curbing the citizens’ right to information, and was also causing confusion and panic among the masses.

The government called out the army in Islamabad after deadly violence broke out when police moved to dislodge the protesting Tehreek-e-Labbaik activists at the Faizabad Interchange.

At least six people were killed and over 200 injured when police moved in to disperse the demonstration, sparking fierce clashes.

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