Posted: 18 Nov 2007 Print Send a link
"Two Pakistani television networks that transmit from Dubai in United Arab Emirates were ordered off the air Friday at the request of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, officials from the networks said. GEO-TV and ARY Digital offer a variety of programming, including news, entertainment, sports and music. Both networks had been banned from Pakistan's cable television system -- along with other networks, including CNN and BBC -- since Musharraf declared a state of emergency on November 3. This latest action prevents the two Pakistani networks from broadcasting worldwide via satellite. ... 'We uplink from Dubai, never having had a license to uplink from Pakistan. Dubai is a media city which seemed to be a haven and a sanctuary.'" CNN, 16 November 2007. "Dubai government officials as well as those from the Dubai Media City could not be reached for comment, but the code of the media city prohibits organizations it hosts to interfere with the politics of another country." Canadian Press, 17 November 2007. "'No reason was given to our office in Dubai for shutting down the channel, but the orders were served,' GEO TV senior editor Ghazi Salahuddin said. Well-known GEO TV anchor Hamid Mir said they would continue to protest until their channel was back on air. The journalists would not compromise with the government and would not take any diktats." Gulf News (Dubai), 18 November 2007. "Geo TV, a leading Pakistani television news channel, will consider moving out of Dubai if a settlement is not reached with regard to the disruption in the transmission of its news channel from the Dubai Media City." Gulf News, 18 November 2007. Reporters sans frontières "is shocked by the complete interruption in Dubai of the broadcasts of two Pakistani TV stations." RSF, 17 November 2007. "UAE authorities said on Saturday that they were considering whether to allow two leading Pakistani news channels, which were shut down following 'pressure' from Islamabad, to resume their transmission." PTI, 18 November 2007. Geo TV might consider leasing some shortwave air time.