Action on PEMRA
ARY News fell off the air in various regions of the country on Monday evening, blaming the action on the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra).
Pemra, on the other hand, provided no explanation for its actions.
At around 8 p.m., the channel’s transmission began to be disrupted in Islamabad, sections of Punjab, and Sindh, however, it was still available in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Local Cable Operators
While local cable operators replaced ARY News with other channels, Nayatel customers received a static screen with the message: “The channel is now unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience.”
Some Karachi cable subscribers received notices from their cable operators that the service had been halted. “Valued customer, the transmission of ARY News has been suspended on Pemra’s directions till further notice,” the statement said. “We regret the inconvenience.”
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According to the station, the ruling PML-N’s strategic media unit was circulating incorrect information and fake news in order to create schisms between PTI head Imran Khan and the armed forces.
Defaming the PTI
It further claimed that several phoney accounts were involved in defaming the PTI by circulating false information about the Lasbela chopper tragedy, which killed six army officials and soldiers.
Pemra authorities could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts, owing to restrictions on mobile phone services and poor internet due to Ashura-related security measures.
The channel was taken off the air, according to ARY, “after its June 27 report on the activation of the ruling PML-strategic N’s media cell proved to be true.”
However, neither official nor other sources confirmed this.
In May, ARY News took off the air ahead of the PTI’s Azadi March.