The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has suspended the membership of Jang/Geo Group’s flagship satellite television channel, Geo News, which was taken off air on the orders of electronic media watchdog last week.
According to a PBA handout, a decision to this effect was taken in an emergent meeting of the association’s board of directors on Friday. The meeting took up the issue in view of Defence Minister Khwaja Asif’s statement regarding charges of treason against Jang/Geo Group.
A representative of Jang/Geo Group was also present during the meeting.
On top of suspending the membership of Geo News, the PBA board members also decided to slap a show-cause notice on the television channel for misconduct in accordance with the articles of association.
On June 6, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) suspended Geo News for 15 days and imposed a fine of Rs 10 million for flouting the laws.
Geo News locked horns with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) following an attack on a prominent anchorperson of the television channel.
Hamid Mir was shot thrice but survived, and his family immediately pinned the blame on ISI chief Lt General Zaheerul Islam.
Geo News broadcast images of Gen Islam along with the allegations for eight hours, following which the Ministry of Defence lodged a complaint with PEMRA seeking the channel’s closure.