Defence Ministry moves PEMRA against Geo TV

GEOISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Defence has moved the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for action against Geo TV network for levelling allegations against the premier intelligence agency of the country, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
According to an official source, an application has been moved following approval from Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif under the PEMRA Ordinance 2002, section 33 and 36 for legal action against the channel management for levelling allegations against the ISI and its chief, Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam. The Geo TV network had repeatedly aired portrait of the ISI and its chief, alleging that he was responsible for the attack on anchor Hamid Mir and that the injured journalist had informed his friend, his family and the management of the Geo TV in written about a possible attack on him.
The Ministry of Defence has lodged a complaint with PEMRA against Geo News. According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the ministry has also provided the authority with the relevant evidence that suggests the media group is involved in smearing the image of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). “The news channel has breached the code of conduct by accusing Director General (DG) of ISI Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam of masterminding the attempt on senior journalist Hamid Mir”, the statement said.

Source: Daily Times

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