Lahore: - Journalist organizations, students, politicians, traders and civil society joined protests being staged against Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA) chairman Absar Alam’s decision to ban Neo News HD for seven days.
Human chain will also be formed to express solidarity with the channel.
The protesters strongly condemned the cat, terming it Absar Alam’s reprisal against the channel. They said that a journalist tried to restrict the freedom of speech.
Ban on Neo News imposed by PEMRA chairman Absar Alam against the channel for highlighting Kashmir issues and Indian brutality in the Indian Held Kashmir put into force on Thursday.
PEMRA had banned Neo News HD broadcasts for seven days and imposed a fine Rs 1,000,000 for airing derogatory remarks against judiciary.
However, management of the channel said that they respect government institutions and never pass any offensive remarks against honourable judges.
Ban on Neo News enters 6th day: Protests across country against PEMRA, human chains form to express solidarity with channel
The management further said that the channel has been targeted for highlighting Kashmir issues and Indian brutality in the Indian Held Kashmir.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demanded immediate resumption of the Neo News HD broadcasts.