PEMRA has blacked-out the press conference of Molana Fazlur Rehman. When different TV channels are covering the press conference related to Azad March, they received a WhatsApp message in which PEMRA has ordered to blackout the press conference.
Upon the instructions of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authorities, TV channels have to cut off the transmission. However, it is unprecedented in the history where official orders are being sent through such an unofficial way.
Various anchors condemned the step of PEMRA. It seems unethical to blackout the speech of any opposition leader for no reason.
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) October 16, 2019
However, Moulana has already planned to use social media wing effectively. The social media team of Molana Fazl is ready to give full coverage to Azad March.
In the era of social media, it is illogical to ban any opposition leaders because it can defame the government.
Similarly, Hamid Mir says that such types of the step show the weakness of the Government.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority forced TV channels not to show the press conference of opposition politician Maulana Fazalur Rehman we can differ with Maulana but Govt is showing weakness by imposing unannounced censorship in Pakistan @RSF_inter @pressfreedom
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) October 12, 2019
Before that speeches of Maryam Nawaz had also been banned on the instructions of PEMRA.