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Geo Says Hamid Mir Was Taken Off Air After Speech Resulted In Backlash

A statement has been issued by the Geo/Jang Group following its decision to take senior anchor Hamid Mir off air. The Geo News management had on Monday sent Mir on ‘leave’ for an indefinite period during which he won’t host his popular primetime show ‘Capital Talk’.

The Geo/Jang Group has released a statement saying that the senior journalist had delivered a speech “that has resulted in backlash from different segments of society”.

The statement further said, “The editorial committee and lawyers will check for violation of policy and law. Meanwhile, ‘Capital Talk’ will be hosted by a temporary host.”

“We would like to remind our viewers and readers that Geo and Jang Group were shut down, our journalists were beaten up as they faced hundreds of fake allegations of corruption, blasphemy and traitorhood, shot at, financially strangulated more than any other media organisation in the country. The organisation has lost more than Rs10 billion to keep viewers and readers informed.

“However, it becomes difficult for the group and its editors to take ownership of the content that is delivered outside the purview, input and guidance of its editors, and which are not fact-checked and approved by the editorial teams,” the statement read.

It also said that the disappointment and frustration being felt by Mir and other journalists was a “shared and grave concern but better ways exist on how to channel that energy for productive gains for the safety of journalism and journalists”.

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