Geo Entertainment and ARY News to Face License Suspension by PEMRA

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pemra banned geo entertainment and ary newsPakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) have decided to temporarily suspend the licenses of ARY News and Geo Entertainment. Not only this both will will have pay a fine of ten million rupees each. Geo Entertainment’s license is being canceled for one month for showing blasphemous content in its morning show hosted by anchor Shaista Wahidi. In addition to 30 days ban on GEO they will have to pay 10 million Rupees as fine to PEMRA.

ARY news on other hand will be banned/off-air for 15 days and similar 10 million rupees fine is imposed on it as well. ARY News is being taken off-air by PEMRA as according to them they have received several complaints against channel suggesting that inappropriate statements about the judiciary were given in one of ARY News’ show. They are most probably referring to Khara Such hosted by Mobashir Lucman. Mobashir was already banned from hosting any show by a court but he was recently back, but now the whole channels is banned and being being taken off-air for 15 days.

The news channel of GEO Network called GEO News have just faced the ban of 15 days over remarks about ISI cheif without any proof. They had to be back live today and now GEO Entertainment is gone in trouble.

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Geo Super allowed to start broadcasting from Pakistan

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PEMRA  is told by Supreme court of Pakistan to issue the license to Geo Super to open transmission from Pakistan again. Geo super have been operating from Pakistan from years and is only sports channel of Pakistan but just months ago Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) run into issues with Geo Network and they closed the only sports channel of Pakistan.

The reason of this closure is told as the fearless journalism of GEO Networks where even against government they openly discussed the issues and kept pointing out wherever government was not performing duties or not doing required as most of Pakistan media doing now a days. So according to many, this was some kind of revenge of Pakistan government to ban multiple channels of geo network without a reason.

In case of Geo Super the security clearance to operate from Pakistan was not given and on that base the broadcasting from Pakistan was banned advising Geo Network to broadcast the Geo Super transmission from Dubai. Earlier Sindh high court had already advised PEMRA to issue license to Geo Super to operate from Pakistan but PEMRA just ignored the courts ruling.

Now as latest development Supreme court of Pakistan not only advised the PEMRA to issue license to Geo Super but also told the chairman of PEMRA Dr Abdul Jabbar to leave his position if he can not immediately make sure issue the license.

PEMRA recently seen making this matter personal between them and Geo Networks, even they wasted large amount of money just to run a media campaign against Geo Networks. On other side Geo ran a successful campaign of getting license of running its channel from Pakistani People by getting forms filled by people. Thousands if not hundreds of thousands filled those forms and told PEMRA that way that Pakistani people want this channel to run from Pakistan.

But according to Geo Networks, thanks to supporters and Free judiciary of Pakistan Geo Super is now once again allowed to transmit from Pakistan. This is being termed as victory of Geo Networks and victory of sports it self in Pakistan.