LAHORE: Journalist bodies on Saturday demanded the immediate restoration of all private TV channels across Pakistan, a private news channel reported.
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), the Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) and Lahore Press Club (LPC) officials held a protest at LPC demanding the restoration of all the channels right away.
Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) also recorded their protest over the event.
Several news channels were blacked out in the capital and other parts of the country after the Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) decided to take private television channels off air during a police crackdown on Islamabad protesters.
PEMRA had taken this decision on orders of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
“Even dictatorships did not take such an action that has been taken by the democratic government,” said the PUJ president. The government should immediately restore broadcasting of channels, he demanded.
The LPC secretary said that the government was taking revenge from channels for showing the truth.
Earlier, PEMRA had asked the TV channels to stop live coverage of Islamabad protest.
Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) also demanded from the authorities to take action against those who vandalized journalists’ properties. Condemning violence against journalists covering Faizabad Intersection sit-in protest and protests in their support across Pakistan, PBA demanded action against the culprits who harmed scribes.
The protestors attacked three DSNG vans of different TV channels and set Samaa TV’s DSNG van on fire.