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Geo back on air in Pakistan

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.


8 Comments

  • nazia |

    Welcome again in the brutal world of dictator.One could understand the foxy skills of general that he had gone to his lowest level to deprive geo of its financial resources.Geo would soon recover its losses but what mussarf has lost I am sure that whole army couldnt help him to restore his image in front of common man.This coward general is so scared of unarmed people like dr shahid, hamid , itizaz,and cjp iftikhar ahmed that he used all his state powers to let them down,But I challenge him that go to any street of pakistan or in any educated circle,he would be shocked that how much honour these people have been earned in this little time and how much hated figure he become in these days.

  • nazia |

    Welcome again in the brutal world of dictator.One could understand the foxy skills of general that he had gone to his lowest level to deprive geo of its financial resources.Geo would soon recover its losses but what mussarf has lost I am sure that whole army couldnt help him to restore his image in front of common man.This coward 24 hrs protected general is so scared of unarmed people like dr shahid, hamid , itizaz,and cjp iftikhar ahmed that he used all his state powers to let them down,But I challenge him that go to any street of pakistan or in any educated circle,he would be shocked that how much honour these people have been earned in this little time and how much hated figure he become in these days.

  • hasan |

    Geo is Like FOX Network of Pakistan.
    No matter what you call musharraf but even poor people have cell phones and Tv sets in their house now. When these naive people watch crap on tv besides PTV they believe it. There is an old saying of Hitler that Tell a lie so many times that people start believing it. Thats the same case with Geo. Please don’t be such gullible

  • nota |

    Great Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote! Hasn’t Geo now become a party to this illusion of Mush’s? And with at least five public-affairs program hosts and news anchors remained blacklisted from the cable channel What good is Geo anyways?

    One thing I do want to mention for all the people buying into “Oh poor Geo loosing all that money. Lets keep in mind that Geo is part of the Jang group. Sure Jung group were loosing money on Geo but it too like all media entities was minting money on all those election campaign ads they are getting these days. I bet Geo alone has made enough money before the ban to run on its own for years without any new revenue coming in. Even during the ban I bet they were making enough profit to keep going as I am sure their revenue for foreign subscriptions is a lot more than their expenses. And can you imagine how many overseas Pakistanis signed up to watch Geo on their cable TV because of the ban? They couldnt have created a better marketing campaign. I just wish I had the numbers! If you look at their balance sheet of Geo I doubt you will see any red ink; You can be certain their isnt any on Jung Groups books

    Pakistans Richest Families:
    (2) The Jang Group

    This huge media empire was founded by late Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman some six decades ago. Today, around 10 top newspapers and the multi-billion rupee GEO TV project are being run by Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Mir Khalils brainy son, who has a lot of projects pertaining to real estate under his belt too. Though he can be very modest, Shakeel is known to have taken countrys Prime Ministers head-on. His tussle with Nawaz Sharif in 1999 spoke volumes of his unmatched influence in all domestic and international quarters which matter. Shakeel is one of Asias most well known media barons, whose newspapers have served to be the breeding nurseries for countrys top journalists. He invests massively in stocks business regularly. His elder brother Mir Javed ur Rehman and tender son Mir Ibrahim also assist him in business. Such magnificent has been his influence that at times, a few governments have opted to take a few of his employees as ministers. The Group, as most politicians agree, has been instrumental in both toppling and building governments in Pakistan for decades now. Limelight is the product that he sells but doesnt like tasting the fruits of his own garden.

  • MALIK AMAN |

    Well come on guys if channels like geo speard harted and distrust well they should never be put on air
    how? Well one thing is for sure that they tell the truth but come on even the HOLY QURAN says if a lie saves two brothers from fighting say it. So i think geo has done nohting instead of spreading more voilance .
    FOx on the other hand is always with USA gov policy but GEO on the ohter hand is always against Pakistan gov policy

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