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Geo reporters disrupt, threaten cable operators during press talk

KARACHI: The Jang and Geo group reporters disrupted the press conference of Cable Operators Association of Pakistan at Karachi Press Club (KPC) and threatened them during the media talk, ARY News reported Friday.

As the Chairman Cable Operators Association of Pakistan Khalid Arain began his hurriedly-called press briefing, a reporter of Geo News stood up and indulged in bickering with Arain along with targeting other cable operators’ representatives.

Shortly other reporters of Jang and Geo chipped in and started hurling abuses at cable operators.

Initially Arain had spoken that cable operators were facing difficulties due to recent situations.

“No TV program has anything to do with cable operators. We have no role in content generation. But we all are instantly blamed and our cable connections are cut off in rage and protest,” said Arain before he was disrupted by Geo reporters.

Flanked by cable operators from different regions of the country, Arain left the conference hall of KPC, announcing to call off his press talk due to commotion caused by Geo and Jang reporters.

Talking to media while leaving the KPC premises, Arain said those talk of protecting press freedom have stopped us speaking. "Geo had sent 18 people to sabotage our press conference," he told journalists.

"Geo reporters did not allow us to address a press conference and they attempted to gag our voice and threatened us," he said, adding, "We keep the right to take legal action against the treatment doled out to us."

Windowpanes of the conference room were also broken by incensed Geo reporters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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