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This Channel Is Currently Unavailable: Pakistani TV Stations Taken Off The Air Amid State Crackdown

 

The three private networks had broadcast a live press conference held by Maryam Nawaz, an opposition leader and the daughter of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was controversially removed from power in 2017 and has a long history of falling out with the country's powerful military. Nawaz, who received a suspended prison sentence on corruption charges, gave a press conference that featured a judge claiming he had been blackmailed into convicting the former prime minister. Pakistani authorities said the channels were unavailable due to "technical issues." But Reporters Without Borders (RSF) described the outage as an act of "brazen censorship." RSF said in a July 9 statement that the TV channels were "deliberately removed at the behest of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), the all-powerful broadcast media regulator that takes its lead from the military establishment."..............................

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