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Ministry of defense seeking harsher punishment for GEO

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ISLAMABAD: The ministry of defense has at last given its strict stance on PEMRA’s verdict to suspend Geo news for 15 days and expressed its dissatisfaction over the magnitude of punishment awarded to GEO in comparison with the offence.
The ministry submitted a formal complaint asking for the strict action and taking to task it editorial and management for distorting the image of the supreme spy agency of the country Inter service Intelligence and giving a huge blow to the national interest as per the existing law of electronic media. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), on Friday, held in abeyance the license of Geo News for 15 days and imposed the fine Rs10 million to be paid before the expiry of the suspension period. The verdict also added that the suspension period may be increased if the fine is not paid and if the channel continues its violations and harming national interest proceedings for the revocation of Geo News’ license shall be started. But the defense ministry is inclined to seek harsher punishment for the channel. “We reserve the right to take it up the matter at the next appellate level for enhancement of punishment awarded to Geo,” Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif said in an official statement today.

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