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Pakistani TV Channel Complains Broadcast Being Blocked

Officials at Pakistan's largest privately-owned television network, Geo, said Friday that cable operators have effectively blocked its broadcast in almost 80 percent of the country. The channel has been facing arbitrary blockages for the past few years in cantonment areas and surrounding localities across the country, according to Rana Jawad, who directs news at Geo. "But the crippling shutdowns and disruptions have worsened in recent weeks and the network has been forced off the air in almost 80 percent of the country," he told VOA. In major cities like Karachi and Lahore, the channel is not accessible in 90 percent of areas, he added. It is up to the government and its media regulator to swiftly investigate and determine who is blocking the broadcast, he asserted. Debates on social media about the issue strengthen the widespread perception the powerful army has been pressuring cable operators to disrupt Geo's broadcasts. Some...

 

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