Three Pakistani TV news channels suddenly taken off the air

first_img News Follow the news on Pakistan RSF_en This is the message that the viewers of three Pakistani TV news channels have been seeing since the evening of 8 July. The three channels are being censored in reprisal for their decision to broadcast the press conference that opposition leader Maryam Nawaz gave two days earlier (photos: Iqbal Khattak / RSF – Arif Ali / AFP). Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Since yesterday evening, when the signals of AbbTakk TV, 24 News and Capital TV were suddenly suspended, cable viewers wanting to watch their news programmes have found this terse message: “This channel is currently unavailable due to a technical issue. Sorry for inconvenience.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that three Pakistani TV news channels have been suspended from cable networks at the behest of the authorities in reprisal for broadcasting an opposition leader’s news conference. This latest case of brazen censorship is indicative of disturbing dictatorial tendencies, RSF said. Receive email alerts In fact, it is widely assumed they were deliberately removed at the behest of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), the all-powerful broadcast media regulator that takes its lead from the military establishment.  “We have been taken off cable network without any notice,” AbbTakk TV news director Shahab Mehmood, told RSF today “PEMRA gave no reason for taking this step.” News PEMRA had previously posted this bureaucratically-worded tweet at dawn on 7 July: “PEMRA issues notices to TV channels for unedited live telecast of Maryam Nawaz’s press conference against judiciary and state institutions in violation of PEMRA laws and Code of Conduct.” Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Dictatorial power Organisation The tweet referred to the previous day’s press conference at which Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of now imprisoned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and herself an opposition figure, produced a video showing a judge appearing to admit that he was pressured into convicting her father a year ago. The video’s authenticity has yet to be verified. June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img “This is an absolutely unacceptable violation of the principles of media pluralism and independence during a revelation that was clearly in the Pakistani public interest,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. to go further PakistanAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Freedom of expressionPredators “We call on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s civilian government to take immediate steps to ensure that cable transmission of the three TV channels is restored. The recent surge in sudden acts of media censorship is exposing the current regime’s increasingly dictatorial nature.” Pakistan is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2018. Najam Sethi, a well-known journalist who often works with 24 News, confirmed in a tweet that it was because of their coverage of Maryam Nawaz’s press conference that the three TV news channels were being taken off the air ­– “reportedly on orders from PEMRA.” Help by sharing this information News A week ago, political reporter Hamid Mir’s live interview with former President Asif Ali Zardari on Pakistan’s leading TV news channel, Geo News, was suddenly cut short when screens went blank. April 21, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire July 9, 2019 Three Pakistani TV news channels suddenly taken off the air Just over a year ago, transmission of Geo News and all of the four other channels owned by Geo TV was suspended for several days throughout at least 80% of the country in an apparent reprisal for its overly independent news coverage. No official suspension order ever emerged but the military were widely blamed because they control the network distribution cables in every district. January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Freedom of expressionPredators last_img read more

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Women’s volleyball splits in Bay Area

first_imgAfter spending a few days up north, the No. 7 Women of Troy can return to practice knowing they have a lot to be proud of — but also a lot of work ahead of them before postseason play begins in just a few weeks.Since Stanford handed the Women of Troy their only home loss this season, USC was looking for redemption this weekend up in Palo Alto. Unfortunately for USC, the end result was the same, as the No. 3 Cardinal (20-2, 11-2) swept the Women of Troy (20-4, 9-4) in three sets, 25-19. 25-21, 25-19.“They were much more alert than we were,” said USC coach Mick Haley.A number of Stanford players had impressive performances on Sunday, including outside hitter Alix Klineman, who recorded 15 kills. Outside hitter Hayley Spelman added another 11 kills for Stanford.Despite these impressive numbers, when examining the reasons for the loss, Haley refrained from looking at Stanford’s performance and rather turned to what his team did wrong.“We didn’t do well on our transition game at all and we’re very disappointed in that. We have to look at the net blocking to start with and go from there. This was the first time we’ve gotten out dug in a long time,” Haley said.Haley also noted the struggles of several players in the match, including his left side hitters, who did not score nearly as many points as they typically do.“We had some very bad performances from some of the people we count on and our people have to understand how to prepare for each match as if it’s a new match,” said Haley.Sophomore opposite hitter Katie Fuller led the Women of Troy with nine kills. After Sunday’s loss, USC is once again reminded of how difficult it is to play on the road in the Pac-10. Three of USC’s four losses have come away from the Galen Center, and the Women of Troy will play on the road in two of the final three weekends of the regular season.“It’s just playing on the road again, and we were not able to get comfortable, even after we played so well Friday night at Cal,” Haley said.Friday’s match against California was a completely different story, as the Women of Troy knocked off the No. 2 Golden Bears in four sets, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18.This was the second time USC beat California this season, an accomplishment no other team can come even close to claiming. Not only has no other program beaten the Golden Bears twice this season, no team besides USC has beaten them at all.“We match up real well against them, and that’s one of the reasons we play well against them,” Haley said.A number of players stood out in Friday’s match, including freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana, who ended up with 20 kills and a career-high 13 digs. She was just one of several players Haley was eager to praise after USC’s impressive upset victory.“Falyn was outstanding. Alex [Jupiter] was good. Kendall [Bateman] was good. Natalie [Hagglund] was good,” Haley said.Not only did Bateman record 58 assists, but the setter also had three kills, which ties a career best. Jupiter put up 17 kills, 11 digs and five blocks in the match.Haley says his young team is taking this weekend’s matches, especially the loss against Stanford, as a learning opportunity as the team moves into the final weeks of the regular season.“It’s just another step for us. We have to be able to learn to do this back-to-back with a day in between like the Final Four,” Haley said.The Women of Troy remain in third place in the Pac-10 standings with a conference record of 9-4. Sunday’s loss broke USC’s six-match winning streak.last_img read more

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