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Radio station forced to stop broadcasting BBC news bulletins; RSF urges court to oppose media authority order

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders calls on the Sindh High Court to defend the right of radio Mast FM103 to broadcast the BBC World Service's Urdu-language programmes. The court is urged to find that an order issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) forbidding the station to retransmit BBC news bulletins every hour violates free expression and business freedom.

Mast FM103 began broadcasting the BBC bulletins in Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan on 22 June 2007 after obtaining the PEMRA's permission and signing a contract with the BBC. But the PEMRA sent the station a letter on 25 June ordering it to stop. The station complied five days later.

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