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US concerned over suspension of ARY News transmission

Restrictions on the media are concerning, Ned Price said and added that the issue has been raised with the Pakistani authorities.

The US has expressed concern over the suspension of ARY News transmission, saying that media freedom is essential for democracy.

According to the details, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price made the remarks during a media briefing.

While responding to a question regarding the suspension of ARY News transmission by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) freedom of the press is essential to keep the masses aware of democracy.

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Restrictions on the media are concerning, Ned Price said and added that the issue has been raised with the Pakistani authorities. He added that this is the matter we [US] have been continuously highlighting.

Suspension of ARY News transmission

Sunday, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority suspended the licence of the ARY News for broadcasting PTI chief Imran Khan’s statement in the headline slot of 9:00 pm.

PEMRA took the action after issuing a notice that it completely banned broadcasting live and recorded speeches of Imran Khan. In its notification, the media watchdog directed all the TV channels to refrain from airing Imran Khan’s live or recorded statements, speeches, and conversations.

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As a result, PEMRA suspended ARY’s licence. Meanwhile, other television channels also aired Imran Khan’s statement, but apparently discriminatory action was taken against the ARY News by the electronic media authority. Therefore, the move has been widely condemned.

Earlier the Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and cable operators to restore the transmission of ARY News immediately.

Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan suspended PEMRA’s orders and ordered immediate restoration of ARY News transmission. Barrister Ayan Memon said, the SHC bench heard the plea of ARY News and issued directives to PEMRA and cable operators to immediately restore its transmission.