Pakistan has ordered a shutdown of all Christian channels airing in the country and has arrested at least six cable operators for defying the order. Local priests have called the ban a blow to religious freedom in the country.
The ban has affected 11 Christian TV channels including Pakistan’s oldest Christian satellite broadcaster, Isaac TV, as well as Indian Christian channels. The blocked channels include Gawahi TV, God Bless TV, Barkat TV, Praise TV, Zindagi TV, Shine TV, Jesus TV (Jessi TV), Healing TV, Khushkhabari TV, and Catholic TV.
Pakistan’s media regulatory authority PEMRA issued notices to the Church-run TV Channels asking them to “stop transmitting illegal TV Channels immediately”. After the October 15th notice was largely ignored by the cable operators airing the stations, it arrested 6 cable operators for defying the ban.
PEMRA, claims the channels do not have landing rights for airing religious content and can only air festive messages …