Privately-owned TV broadcasts blacked out after declaration of Emergency rule

first_imgNews Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation April 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today expressed deep concern after Pakistan’s president, General Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule and ordered a halt to broadcasts by privately-owned TV in all the country’s major cities. June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today expressed deep concern after Pakistan’s president, General Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule and ordered a halt to broadcasts by privately-owned TV in all the country’s major cities. Mobile phone communications were also cut in some regions as the constitution was suspended and the country plunged into a deep political crisis. In Islamabad, police surrounded the Supreme Court which was due to give its verdict over the next few days on the legality of the president’s re-election on 6 October.The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) was ordered by the president’s office to halt all private cable and satellite broadcasts of all regional and national channels, particularly news channels. Only Pakistani public television PTV, on which the president was due to speak in the evening, was allowed to continue broadcasting. Otherwise just a few entertainment channels were left untouched. Blackouts were first imposed in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Lahore before being extended to other cities such as Karachi and Peshawar. Mobile phone communications were frequently interrupted in the capital.“The government headed by General Musharraf is certainly confronted with a number of challenges, including violence by the most radical Islamist groups, but that is not a reason to impose a state of emergency and to restrict press freedom in this way,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The illegality of this latest coup has been confirmed by the supreme court. The head of state should listen to it and cancel this decision which has dramatic consequences for freedom of expression. We urge the government and the army to quickly allow a resumption of broadcasts by the Pakistani television channels and allow the press to work freely and safely,” the organisation saidPakistan is in 152nd position in Reporters Without Borders world press freedom rankings released in October 2007. Help by sharing this information RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan January 28, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further News November 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Privately-owned TV broadcasts blacked out after declaration of Emergency rule Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Mock bomb attack on newspaper publisher’s home follows assault on sports editor

first_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Mock bomb attack on newspaper publisher’s home follows assault on sports editor News Receive email alerts RSF_en October 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Follow the news on Greece A parcel containing the ingredients of a home-made bomb was found outside the garage door of the home of Eleftherotypia publisher Christos Tegopoulos last night, a day after the daily’s sports editor, Philippos Syrigos, was the victim of a violent attack on an Athens street.The police exploded the parcel after being alerted by an anonymous phone call. Its contents included three small cooking gas canisters.——–19.10.04 – Violent assault on sports editor known for his reports on dopingReporters Without Borders voiced shock today at the violent attack yesterday in Athens on sports editor Philippos Syrigos of the daily Eleftherotypia, who was stabbed and beaten with iron bars on the head and back by at least three thugs wearing motorcycle helmets. Syrigos is well known for his reports on doping.The organisation called on interior minister Constantine Skandalidis to ensure that the assailants are quickly identified and punished, warning that, “it would be dangerous to let a feeling of impunity take hold.” Syrigos was attacked at about 4 p.m. yesterday as he was leaving the studios of radio Sport FM in the district of Kallithea. He was rushed to hospital and, according to his newspaper, his condition is now stable and he is out of danger.As well as doping, Syrigos is also known for writing about hooliganism and the heavy debts of some of Greece’s football clubs. He recently assisted the Greek authorities in doping cases. GreeceEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom News Help by sharing this information February 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened GreeceEurope – Central Asia News to go further April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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