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24 News Anchor Breaks Into Tears While Announcing Channel’s Closure

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The female news anchor of channel 24 burst into tears while announcing the channel’s closure after Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) suspended the channel’s transmissions on Saturday.

News anchor Huda Shah broke down on-air while announcing the management’s decision to close down the operations of channel 24. She criticised the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Prime Minister Imran Khan for not keeping up their promises regarding media freedom.

“I want to leave a question for PM Imran and all the government officials. Are we being punished for speaking truth and raising voice against the injustices?”

On Monday, the management of channel 24 decided to shut down its operation and sack all of its 965 employees, owing to “blackmailing from the government.” The license of the channel was earlier cancelled by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) for a ‘violation’ of conduct.

Senior journalist Talat Hussain Sunday posted a text message which appeared to be from the channel’s CEO to his seniors, citing “everyday blackmailing of the federal government and paying legal fees every second day for challenging illegal Pemra notices.”

On Sunday, a day after the suspension, Pemra said in a press release that it had issued the license to Central Media Network (Pvt) Ltd. for its sister concern Value TV, adding the name was ‘illegally’ changed to 24 News HD.

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The regulatory body went on to say that the channel was granted the license to air entertainment content. However, it was “persistently illegally and unlawfully airing news and current affairs in continuous violation of laws”.

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