Hamid Mir Taken Off Air After Anti-Establishment Remarks
Days after addressing a protest against attacks on journalists, senior anchor Hamid Mir has reportedly been taken off air and won’t host his talk show ‘Capital Talk’ on Geo News. The show will continue, but with a different host. According to reports, Mir will remain part of the Jang Group, but is being sent on ‘leave’ and won’t appear on TV for an indefinite period.
The senior journalist had issued strong remarks against the establishment while addressing a protest held in Islamabad last week against attack on journalist Asad Toor and the cycle of violence against dissent journalists. Social media hashtags were since being used against him by bot accounts.
Mir’s fellow journalists took to Twitter to condemn the development.
The ban on @HamidMirPAK is a slap on those who profess to have a free media in Pakistan.Mir is undoubtedly the most popular tv anchor of Pak & he is being punished for speaking out against attacks on journalists.Sad that @geonews_urdu succumbed. #JournalismIsNotACrime #hamidmir
— Munizae Jahangir (@MunizaeJahangir) May 31, 2021
If @HamidMirPAK is taken off air or banned from doing program on #GeoNews, more fingers will point towards the powerful establishment & the government while resounding the “words that he said”. Journalists of Pak stand with #HamidMir #Geo management must clarify its position.
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) May 31, 2021