After 77 days of oppressive bulldozing by the Government, Geo News is back on air today as of 6 pm PST. Geo held out longer than any other TV channel and suffered huge losses due to the emergency/martial law declared by Musharraf on November 3rd.
Bear in mind the black PEMRA laws are still in force. A friend in People’s Resistance sent this quote which aptly describes the situation on freedom of expression in the country:
“There is no subjugation so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom for in that way one captures volition itself.”
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Geo, like other news channels, will most likely tread very carefully as it navigates through these laws and brings news and analysis to us. We’ll have to wait and see how the channel fares.
All the best to Geo and hoping it is able to maintain its independence.