24 News, Sister Stations Off-Air Ever Since Najam Sethi Made Claims Of Imran-Bushra Dispute
24 News Channel anchorperson Rehan Tariq on Tuesday posted on Facebook that all channels of the City Network, including 24 News, City 42, City 41 Faisalabad and Rohi City News, are off-air for the past 5 days.
24 News had started to disappear in many areas of Pakistan on March 31, a day after Najam Sethi made claims that Prime Minister Imran Khan and wife Bushra Bibi had ‘a verbal spat and were all ready to part ways’.
Naya Daur reached out to a representative of the cable operators association who, on condition of anonymity, said that 24 News was only ordered to be taken down in the cantonment area, but cable operators all across the city took it off-air due to ‘fear’ of losing contracts.
Social Media users believe that the channel went off-air because journalist Najam Sethi was ‘critical of the PTI government and its policies’.
Disturbing news that @24newsHD is not available in many areas of #Pakistan. No official comment from cable operators nor from the channel management. Commentators on social media are linking this development with a new show w/ @najamsethi who has been critical of the government. pic.twitter.com/4eSMJ6sByy
— NayaDaur Media (@nayadaurpk) March 30, 2019
Twitter user Saad Farukh said that the channel was off-air in Bahawalpur. ‘How low is this country going to fall?’ he questioned.
Tuned in to watch @najamsethi 's show but channel 24 has been blocked in bahawalpur.
How low is this country going to fall?
— Saad Farrukh (@Imsaadfarrukh) April 2, 2019
Pakistan Media Watch said the channel has been shut in many areas of Lahore.
“Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary had subtly criticized the channel in a tweet yesterday over two shows by Najam Sethi in which he talked about Imran Khan’s threat to resign and his alleged tow with the 3rd wife,” PMW added.
Reports of Channel 24 shut in many areas of Lahore. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary had subtly criticised the channel in a tweet yesterday over two shows by @najamsethi in which he talked about PMIK’s threat to resign & his alleged tow with the 3rd wife pic.twitter.com/920mBMLo7J
— Pakistan Media Watch (@PakPressWatch) March 30, 2019
Sethi on Thursday claimed that marital relationship of Prime Minister Imran Khan and wife Bushra Bibi was going through a shaky phase.
In a talk-show on 24 News, Sethi said that his Chiria (source) told him that PM Imran Khan and wife Bushra’s marital relationship was in turmoil and the two were ready to part ways before friends and family from both sides intervened and buried the hatchet.
A few days later, the two again engaged in a verbal spat, claimed Sethi, telling the anchorperson that “you can understand well now that you are married yourself. You know well that if there is no love and peace between a couple, these problems can occur.”