A day back around 11:30 at night on Feb 6th AAJ TV was suddenly taken off the air in the regions of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and according to AAJ it was blocked up to Chakwal 60 km away. Live with Talat was due to air a discussion with Nusrat Javeed while some sources say that the shut down could also have been due to Aaj live broadcast of Nawaz Sharif’s Lahore address in which he accused that the militants had shot down the army helicopter.
AP Reports that prior to the broadcast, Musharraf’s spokesman Rashid Quereshi had advised Aaj that it should not allow Javed to appear on any of its programs, Aslam Dogar, an assignment editor for the station.
The international media rights group Reporters Without Borders accused state-run Pakistan Television of bias against parties opposing Musharraf. The media group noted Musharraf had promised fair and free elections when Pakistanis choose a new parliament Feb. 18. “The absence of fairness in the coverage provided by the only national terrestrial broadcast channel shows that this is not yet the case,” the group said in a statement Wednesday
There is a ban on live broadcasts under the new PEMRA code of conduct that all the restored channels either signed, or implicitly agreed to adhere to. We must also not forget the explicit warning issued by caretaker information minister Nisar Memon’s to all media outlets to strictly adhere to the PEMRA code or face Nov 3rd like consequences while addressing a gathering in Hyderabad on Feb 2
This screen capture shows a repeat telecast yesterday of an older episode originally aired on Wednesday. A caption ticker informs its viewers that Live with Talat is temporarily off-air.
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