Police attack Geo TV office in Pakistan
Breaking news here in our neighborhood. Watch this video and you will see for yourself out what is happening. This news is not on international channels as yet. It is breaking live here in India as the police could not manage to stop Geo TV’s transmission. We got it through both CNN IBN and Times Now. However Times has not been able to upload the video on its site as yet.
The police attacked one of the most balanced news channels in Pakistan because it was covering the sacking of the Chief Justice by Pakistan’s dictator : General Musharraf. Journalists were beaten up, the office was damaged and tear gas shells were thrown into a newspaper office by the police! And now the latest news is that the government has realised its mistake (the channel managed to cover the attack by the police) and is calling this an ‘abrupt’ incicent (what does that mean?). Hamir Mir, the bureau chief of Geo TV said on live TV that it was premeditated and the police were keen to break the news room but did not succeed. They came in asking for the news room.
Actually as an Indian observer I am not sure whether there was freedom of the press anyway in Pakistan. Surely its not a secret that Musharaff is a dictator? Maybe this particular action was blatant and that is why it has shocked everyone. But hey, Musharaff is a dictator and the press being gagged in a dictatorship (even if some people consider it a benevolent dictatorship) is not so shocking. Maybe this particular action will shock the press out of its delusion that it was free to do and air whatever it wanted.
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