PAKISTAN – Eleven Christian TV channels declared “illegal”: attack on religious freedom

This country has long abandoned the vision of its founder.



Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – A recent order issued by the “Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority”, a body of the Pakistani government, declared 11 Christian television channels broadcasting in Pakistan in Urdu illegal. As learned by Fides, the order, issued on September 22, reports “unauthorized TV” and cites 10 cable channels or web managed by Protestant Christian groups as Isaac TV, Gawahi TV, God Bless TV, Barkat TV, Praise TV, Zindagi TV, Shine TV, Jesus TV, Healing TV, Khushkhabari TV, as well as Catholic TV, Diocesan Catholic network in Lahore. “All the Regional Directors General – says the order – are invited to take the necessary steps to immediately stop the illegal transmission of TV channels in their respective regions”.

Fr. Mushtaq Anjum, Pakistani Camillian religious who is interested in communication and the media, told Fides: “The proclamation of the Good News is considered illegal. For some years now…

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