R.I.P. AAJ Tv?
Share this on

R.I.P. AAJ Tv?

By AKS

There are reports coming in – i.e. someone who works at AAJ has called a colleague – that PEMRA (Pakistani Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) has cancelled AAJ Tv’s license and Director of News and talk show host Talat Hussein has been taken into custody.
/>
/>There has been constant pressure on AAJ, Geo and ARY to sign PEMRA’s newly amended PEMRA “Code of Conduct” – as per which, all electronic media outlets (TV Channels and Radio Stations) are prohibited from ‘criticising’ the Pakistan Army, members of the Judiciary and the Head of State.
/>
/>Police had earlier
raided AAj Tv’s offices in Islamabad while Talat Hussein spoke to Daily Times about “constant pressure” from the government stating that “the government wants us to sign the code of conduct under duress before they allow the channels to go on air.”
/>
/>Till now TV One, Rang TV, Din News, Khyber News, Apna Channel, Kook, Sindh TV, KTN, Business Plus, CNBC, Indus News and Punjab TV have signed the amended Code of Conduct. Which leaves us with GEO, ARY, AAJ TV, DAWN News and Rohi TV (?) as non-signatories of the Code of Conduct (source:
The Post).
/>
/>The financial pressures on the media outlets are huge and its only the truly large media conglomerates who can sustain such a challenge. At the same time it is the large media conglomerates who have the most to lose, a company like GEO with 5 operational channels (and a staff in the hundreds) have already lost millions. (
report)
/>
/>It then comes as no surprise that there are unconfirmed reports that ARY has now relented to government pressure and its broadcast will be resumed soon.
International news channels such as BBC, CNN, FOX, Sky and Al-Jazeera also remain banned; the ban on these channels had temporarily been lifted but that only lasted for about 2 days.