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Najam Sethi is seen in Lahore, Pakistan, on July 21, 2014. Sethi's TV program was recently cancelled after receiving complaints from Prime Minister Imran Khan. (AP/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistani news program cancelled amid defamation suits from prime minister

On August 6, 2019, Pakistani broadcaster Channel 24 HD cancelled the “Najam Sethi Show,” a news and political commentary program, after the broadcaster’s management received a phone call from an unidentified individual demanding the show be dropped, according to Najam Sethi, the show’s host, who spoke with CPJ on the phone.

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The offices of Geo News are seen in Karachi, Pakistan, on April 11, 2018. The network was recently blocked in many parts of the country. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

Pakistani broadcaster Geo News blocked amid prime minister’s visit to Washington

New York, July 21, 2019 — Pakistan’s most popular news channel, the privately owned Geo News broadcaster, has been forced off the air or had its channel number abruptly changed in many parts of the country, according to reports on social media and the broadcaster’s managing director, Azhar Abbas, who spoke to CPJ via messaging…

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