Pemra must show proof of Geo’s anti-state activity: Mazhar Abbas

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KARACHI: Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas has asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to present the evidence and records of anti-state activities of Geo News.

On the 16th day of the gathering to show solidarity with the Geo and Jang Group in Azadi Gali, senior journalists, representatives of the journalists’ organisations and members of the civil society participated in the event. Addressing the participants of the gathering, Mazhar Abbas pointed out that the Geo TV faced the same situation in the year-2007, and at that time the journalist community stood by it and even today it would stand by the channel. If anything wrong has happened then it must be stopped but shutting down a news channel and rendering numerous people jobless was unacceptable, he added. He said that the attack on Hamid Mir was a serious issue.

General Secretary, Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum, Saeed Baloch said despite its forceful closure people still watching Geo News on the internet. Geo News Karachi Bureau Chief Faisal Aziz Khan said Pemra failed to dispense justice, adding that the whole nation stood by Geo and soon its transmission would be restored. Earlier, Pakistan Idol Zamad Baig opened the event with the recitation of a Naat.

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