ISLAMABAD – Geo News has taken prominent journalist and presenter Hamid Mir off-air after he aimed at the establishment during a protest for tortured journalist Asad Toor in Islamabad last week.
“Nothing new for me. I was banned twice in the past. Lost jobs twice. Survived assassination attempts but cannot stop raising voice for the rights given in the constitution,” Mir tweeted on Monday.
It is the second time Mir’s program Capital Talk has been banned; the first ban was during President Pervez Musharraf’s term.
“This time I m ready for any consequences and ready to go at any extent because they are threatening my family,” the presenter said.
Following his comments at last week’s protest, #ArrestHamidMir was a top trend on Twitter.
Geo News management did not issue an official statement.
Asma Shirazi, a famous television presenter, said: “If @HamidMirPAK is taken off air or banned from doing program on #GeoNews, more fingers will point towards the powerful establishment & the government while resounding the “words that he said”. Journalists of Pak stand with #HamidMir #Geo management must clarify its position.
Source: Journalism Pakistan