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Pakistan Suspends License Of GEO News


Geo journalist Hamid Mir (C, on wheelchair) was shot in April.
Pakistan's media regulatory agency has suspended the operating license of the country's leading news channel after a complaint from the Pakistani military.

The regulatory agency announced a decision on June 6 to suspend the license for Geo News for 15 days for reporting the military's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) agency was behind the April shooting of one of the channel's most popular journalists, Hamid Mir.

The agency also imposed a fine of around $100,000.

It said that if the fine is not paid within 15 days, the suspension of broadcasting would be prolonged.

Geo News announced on June 6 that it was suing the ISI for defamation for calling the station "antistate."

Geo released a statement in a newspaper owned by its parent company that said "8,000 journalists, workers, and professionals [of the station] and their families are not only being harassed but also attacked and tortured across Pakistan."
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, AP, and dpa

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