'Identical messages' defending ban on Imran's live speeches surprise Twitterati

Same message posted on Twitter by hundreds of handles justifying media blackout of PTI chief

News Desk August 21, 2022
A limited number of users around the world who tweet in English can now add a "Tip Jar" feature to their profiles. PHOTO: AFP

Twitterati in Pakistan were taken aback on Sunday to find out many journalists and political activists posted ‘identical messages’ to defend a ban imposed by media watchdog on broadcasting live speeches of former prime minister Imran Khan.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Saturday imposed a ban on broadcasting live speeches of PTI Chairman Imran Khan on all satellite TV channels with immediate effect.

The ban was slapped the same day Imran held a rally in Islamabad in which he criticised police officials and a woman judge for granting physical remand of incarcerated party leader Shahbaz Gill.

Reacting to the development, anchorperson Mubasher Luqman said if the media blackout of chief of Pakistan’s biggest political party and former three-time prime minister can be enforced “then why not Imran Khan”.

“How long will the establishment continue to save Imran and make him a hero?” he added.

Similarly, another journalist Gharidah Farooqi also posted the same tweet with little addition: “The speeches that Imran Khan/PTI has been delivering nowadays, no one has ever been done that till date. How long will it last!!??”

Other journalists and many social media users mostly belonging to the PML-N also shared the same tweet.



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