PEMRA bans News channels,Facebook, Twitter and Instagram not accessible in Pakistan

News channels and social media remained suspended in Pakistan on Sunday after being shut down by the government a day earlier.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Saturday and ordered to take all news channels off air. Prior to this decision, PEMRA had directed news channels to ensure the security of their staff while the situation persisted; in light of which, Geo News as per its tradition of responsible reporting was and continues to abide by the rules.

Earlier, PEMRA had barred media from live coverage of Islamabad operation under Media Code of Conduct 2015.

In a press release, the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) strongly condemned the unilateral closure of news channels by the government. The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) expressed concern over the sudden closure of television channels and their transmission

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are also not accessible in Pakistan, while YouTube can only be accessed via the mobile application. Access has also been blocked to the live stream pages of major news channels in Pakistan.

Protesters renewed violence early Sunday morning as they resorted to arson and pelted stones at police, a day after authorities commenced an operation to clear Faizabad Interchange of the sit-in that had paralysed the federal capital for weeks.

The protesters began pelting stones at policemen and set fire to five motorcycles and a car belonging to the police near I-8 sector earlier today, police said.

On Saturday, a protester was killed while over 250 people including 90 policemen and FC personnel, as protests took a violent turn in the capital. Around 8,000 security officials took part in the operation aimed at dispersing the protesters with the help of tear gas and water cannons.

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