July 07, 2020
LAHORE—The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered restoring the license of the 24 News Television and suspended the order of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory (PEMRA) that had put the channel off-air since last Friday.
According to 24 News, the court also ordered an immediate resumption of the channel's transmission. It rejected the regulator's request not to issue a stay order to the network.
The court has sought a reply from the federal government, the regulator, and other stakeholders by Wednesday.
A large number of journalists and lawyers were present at the court during the hearing.
On Monday, the regulator shut down the channel for criticizing the government.
PEMRA, while suspending the license, said 24 News had not complied with its order to switch to its original programming of entertainment.
In a notification, the regulator stated that Value TV holding license for entertainment content was persistently, illegally, and unlawfully airing news and current affairs in violation of PEMRA laws.
PEMRA said, 24 News was provided ample opportunities to revert to its original content.
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