The Home Office has canceled the No Objection Certificate (NOC) of ARY Communications Private Ltd, following “adverse agency reports”.
The notification issued by the ministry, dated August 11, to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) reads: “The NOC has been issued in favor of M/S ARY Communications Private (Ltd). is canceled with immediate effect and until further notice based on unfavorable agency reports.
Meanwhile, FYR News The English website called the decision by the “coalition government led by PML-N” an “economic murder of more than 4,000 media workers associated with the news channel”.
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The report also called it a “new movement against the brotherhood of journalists”, saying it was done without notice.
The channel’s administration also condemned the suspension of its transmissions, saying the network is a victim of the federal government.
FYR News was criticized for allegedly airing “seditious” remarks by PTI leader Shahbaz Gill on August 9.
Gill was later convicted of sedition and public incitement against state institutions.
Hours after Gill’s arrest, PEMRA issued a show cause notice to FYR News for disseminating his controversial remarks, which the authority described as “highly hateful and seditious” and amounting to inciting the “armed forces to revolt”.
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The next day, ARY posted a clarification, saying Gill’s remarks were his personal opinion and had nothing to do with channel policy.
Ammad Yousaf, the network’s vice president, who was also arrested and later released on bail in the same case, said the decision was “illegal and ridiculous”, and would be challenged in court.