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Pak-Press Crackdown?

Something to keep an eye on:

KARACHI, Mar 28 (IPS) – After enjoying relative freedom under the eight-year-old regime of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, independent media groups are suddenly finding themselves in a hostile environment marked by raids and denial of government advertisements.
On Mar. 16 television audiences in Pakistan were stunned when cameras panned from lawyers demonstrating in front of the Supreme Court in Islamabad, against the Mar. 9 suspension of Pakistan’s chief justice, to a police raid on the nearby premises of GEO Television. Widely-aired footage showed policemen smashing furniture and glass panes and roughing up the staff of GEO TV and ‘The News’ newspaper both of which are owned by the Jang Group, a leading media conglomerate in Pakistan.

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