Pakistan censors BBC quake criticism

Nov. 20, 2005 at 9:28 AM
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KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Pakistani broadcast authorities have shut down three broadcasters for relaying BBC news reports that criticized the country's earthquake relief efforts.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority raided a private FM radio station in Karachi last week, as well as two private television channels following complaints by army officers to BBC staff in the earthquake zone that the reports were too critical of Pakistan's military relief efforts.

Chief regulator Rana Altaf Majeed said the stations concerned were violating laws that forbade them from relaying "foreign transmissions."

The radio station has agreed to stop broadcasting news supplied by the BBC's Pakistan radio service, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

The Oct. 8 earthquake killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3 million homeless in Kashmir in the northern Himalayan region.

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