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

Posted on November 16, 2007
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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. ashfaqueshah says:

    geo is not pakistani its hindustani agent

  2. GEO TV is a revolution and change the life of people they tell people what they are and their power.
    as before there were only one government channel which tell everything is fine but now people can see what is going on.

  3. We can not distinguish between the reality and the politics. Every thing that is happening seems a drama at times. Though, one reality does exist and it is that for politics there are no rules. Since the players of the game of politics can go to any extreme as long as their own political interest are concerned. On the other hand, therefore, lives of millions of the citizens are sacrificed and put into the danger.
    The same is the situation since the very first day of Pakistan. Soon Pakistan took her brith on the map of the world. The politicans gather arround to get something out of the baby (Pakistan). Pakistan has experienced some of the great minds indulging in politics. But the difference remained of political interest and country interest. Since after the definition of the politics evolved in a new dimension, especially in pakistan.
    At present name any one of the problem that the people of this country are not facing. Social, economical, health, education, criminal, individual etc. all sort of problems and threads are present in Pakistan. If one want to know what does a Pakistani means. Just buy a ticket of any where in the world and give your introduction as of Pakistani. You would certainly get meaning that stand against a Pakistani. Provided you get an allowance or visa.


  4. Azhar says:

    These type of methods are used by Governments to attract public intrust to their choice of Broadcaster. The more drama is played the higher the rating.

    Media is used to brain wash the public. What they see or read is their limitation of their vision.

    Example: Al-Jazera was launched, to gain the intrust of all the Arabs all over the world, drama of big governments wanted to close Al-Jazera was to divert global arab interest to watch Jazera. Once rated high, brain wash process is in progress till today.

    How media helps: Lets say government wishes to stop public from attending a Milad or Ashora. They will blow a bomb during the event. Media will be given information that we found the body of suicide bomber, his name was so and so, if you broad cast such information every 15min continuously for weeks, this is what brain washing is.

    I think this method was best used by India in 90’s. Where there was no plane highjacked but the media blamed Pakistanis and when their purpose achieved. Once you want to close the mater just one broad cast is enough to apologise for wrong news. By this time millions brains are washed that one broad cast will bring no results.

    In simple words look into your selfs and find the methods to correct our surroundings. Don’t waste time watching media propaganda. They will not create Hallal jobs for you or your children they (media) will help you only to take the Haram path.

    Assa Allah yehdina, wa najjena min munafiqeen.

  5. MSShaikh says:

    GEO has become extremely biased. It seems they are out to settle scores.
    Be it electronic or print media, their news items cannot be believed at a glimpse – a lot of it is simple a lie. Also, they are spreading despondency all over our country.
    If they are shutdown, I will certainly not be disappointed.

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