Asault on Media in Pakistan: GEO TV Forced to Close Down (UPDATE)

Posted on November 16, 2007
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Adil Najam

Geo TV Pakistan Shutting DownNews is that GEO Network is closing down. I hope the news is a false alarm, but I am told that this has been announced on Geo TV itself. An email making the rounds from someone at GEO itself reads:

At this moment we here at Geo are extremely SAD as Geo network is forced to shut down due to Govt pressure on UAE our base country.
Insha Allah we will fight. We are proud that the management of Jang Group never made compromise and prefer to fight till death.

I would rather wait to hear more details and to see reaction to this from the government, from the people of Pakistan and also the rest of the world before I comment in detail. But my first reaction is, yet again, one of disgust. The things that we coudl have been most proud of in recent years and months – an assertive judiciary, a free media – are being snatched away one by one. I hope it turns out not to be so. But if so, then who next?

Original Post (Nov. 4, 2007):
The emergency declared by Gen. Pervez Musharraf yesterday was not surprising. But that does not make it any less disturbing. Amongst the many unspeakable actions that have resulted from this is a clampdown on the media, especially the electronic news media. In response, GEO News has made the audio stream of its transmissions available on line.

You can listen to GEO News by clicking on image below.


Windows Media Player or VLC is required to play this live audio.


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142 responses to “Asault on Media in Pakistan: GEO TV Forced to Close Down (UPDATE)”

  1. Rehan Ghouri says:

    geo channel mai bohot dekhta hoo geo ko bank karne wale dar asal woh hi mulok ke dushman hai and woh log such ko buland hota huwa nahi dekhna chahte hamashi jo jhota hota hai usko such bora lagta hai from rehan karachi 03332229351.

  2. Kamran Ali says:

    Geo News to shut down with in the next 48 hours most probably at 3:00 am on the 14th of June 2008 & they surely deserve to be; as their criticisms knew no boundaries. Each talk show comments indecently & irrelevantly to the political stature of the President of Pakistan; even his name isn

  3. Kamran Ali says:

    Geo News to shut down with in the next 48 hours most probably at 3:00 am on the 14th of June 2008 & they surely deserve to be; as their criticisms knew no boundaries. Each talk show comments indecently & irrelevantly to the political stature of the President of Pakistan; even his name isn

  4. Flabbergasted says:

    I just cannot understand this. On the one hand the govt is making Shahid Masood the Chairman of PTV and on the other hand the govt has told GEO thru UAE authorities to stop broadcasting his show. What is this about? Who is saying what to whom?

  5. Rafay Kashmiri says:

    @Geo TV channels and ohter likes must be closely watched,
    criticized and their license be suspended on any violations
    of Pemra’s conditions. Their segments on Nazaria-e-Pakistan
    is to be watched permanently, their serials & dramas are
    vulgar, cheap, charbbah, very kitch immitation, insult to
    national language, one of the Jamshedpuri (indian) D.P
    revealed, on Nadia Khan show the worst, claiming “Pindi”
    situated some where near “Bhatindah”!! goodness gracious, and Nadia kept on nodding to such idiocy. Anyone saying two nations are the same even today, should be declared insane and a security risk for Pakistan.

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