Pakistan: TV journalist from ARY News arrested hours after channel taken off air

Hours after popular Pakistani television channel ARY News was taken off air for being critical of the government and allegedly airing “seditious” content, the channel’s senior executive vice president Ammad Yousaf was arrested in Karachi in the early hours on Wednesday, the channel said.

According to ARY News, Yousaf was arrested without a warrant from his residence located in Karachi’s DHA area.

“Police officers along with plainclothes personnel forced their way into the house of Ammad Yousaf. The raid team bypassed the CCTV cameras of Yousaf’s house and jumped into the house from the top of the main entrance,” the channel said.

ARY News received a notice from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) that said the channel was taken off air “for broadcasting objectionable, hateful, seditious, based on absolute misinformation with clear threat and current for the national sect to instigate rebellion within the armed forces with the mala fide intention of causing a rift between the government and the forces.”

PEMRA bans ARY news broadcast. Blame ARY “for spreading objectionable, hateful, seditious, based on absolute misinformation with a clear and present threat to the national sect, instigating rebellion within the armed forces with the mala fide intention of causing a rift between the government and forces”. pic.twitter.com/ySRFvp8KKg

— Ammad Yousaf (@AmmadYousaf) August 8, 2022

PEMRA has also ordered the channel’s managing director to appear in person for a hearing on August 10.

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