Pakistan orders TV channels to go off air during crackdown on Islamist protest

 25 Nov 2017 - 11:45

Pakistan orders TV channels to go off air during crackdown on Islamist protest
A Pakistani policeman uses a slingshot during clashes with activists from the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group in Islamabad on November 25, 2017. AFP / AAMIR QURESHI

Reuters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistani authorities ordered private television channels to go off air on Saturday during a police and paramilitary crackdown on Islamist protesters in the capital.

The suspension was ordered by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority for violating media regulations showing live coverage of a security operation, a statement from the regulator said.

State-run Pakistan Television continued to broadcast, but aired a talk show discussing politics.

Pakistani police used tear gas and watercannon and fought running battles with stone-throwing Islamist activists, as they moved to clear a protest by the religious hard-liners who have blocked main routes into Islamabad for more than two weeks.