Islamabad: Following complaints from the defence ministry and ISI, Pakistan’s media regulator has slapped Geo News with a notice asking why its operations should not be shut down.
Geo News administration has been asked by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to reply within 14 days as to why it should not be shut down for violating the regulator’s laws, the TV channel reported Thursday.
The notice states that PEMRA received a complaint from the defence ministry April 22 that Geo News has launched a campaign against Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and its officers after the attack on Geo News’s senior editor and the channel’s anchor Hamid Mir April 19, the report said.
ISI alleged that there was a history of airing anti-state content on Geo News.
Hamid Mir, a senior and respected journalist in Pakistan, was seriously injured when four motor-cycle riding men pumped two bullets into him while he was riding a car on way from Karachi airport to his Geo News office April 19.