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Faizabad operation: Media blackout in Pakistan as forces crack down on Islamist protests


Security officials investigate the site of a suicide attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. AP/PTI

Islamabad: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has warned of a live coverage of the Faizabad sit-in after police crackdown on the protesters has sparked the nationwide protests.

According to the Express Tribune, following the PEMRA order, there has been a media blackout in Islamabad, where almost all leading private TV channels have gone off-air.

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“It is informed that under the Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015, live coverage of any security operation is prohibited,” the PEMRA said in a written statement.

“Therefore, all the satellite TV channel licensees are directed to exhibit utmost sensitivity on the matter and comply with Clause 8(8) of Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015, in letter and spirit and refrain from live coverage of the ongoing operation at Faiz-e-abad, Islamabad,” it added.

PEMRA has also directed law enforcement agencies to make strict security arrangements for staff present in different media outlets across country.

As per the reports, one police personnel has died after he sustaining head injuries while dealing with the protesters in Islamabad. Over 50 security officials and dozens of protesters have also sustained injuries. The injured have been taken to the hospital.