Geo News telecast blocked in parts of Pakistan

March 14th, 2009 - 12:33 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 13 (IANS) The telecast of Pakistan’s Geo News television channel was blocked in some parts of the country Friday, the channel’s website said.
The channel broadcast has been blocked in parts of Karachi, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Quetta, Multan, Rawlakot, Muzaffarabad, Deepalpur and Sargodha cities, it said.

According to the channel, government officials have directed the cable operators to place Geo News channel at the ‘tail end’, making it difficult for the viewers to watch the channel.

Opposition leaders including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran khan and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Babar Khan Ghauri condemned the blocking of Geo News.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) general secretary Mushahid Hussain said the channel was “being punished for airing the truth”.

The Reporters Without Borders has also condemned the blocking of the channel, according to The News newspaper.

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