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BOL staffers bully Samaa TV reporter

SAMAA | - Posted: May 29, 2015 | Last Updated: 7 years ago
Posted: May 29, 2015 | Last Updated: 7 years ago

KARACHI: A hopping-mad mob of BOL Network employees harassed a Samaa TV reporter, who was covering a Customs Intelligence raid on the office of the channel, a subsidiary of the beleaguered IT firm Axact,  which is accused of earning millions of dollars from the international sale of bogus university degrees online, Samaa reported.

In an apparent bid to obstruct the law, frustrated BOL staffers took to an angry protest against the Customs officials, who had arrived at the media group's frontoffice only to get the details of all the imported infrastructural equipment.

In the heat of the agitation, the slogan-shouting BOLians besieged Samaa TV's Ashraf Khan and threatened him with dire results.

“They were forcing me to misreport, but I refused to defy my duty, which they did not like. I was manhandled, abused, hit my a plastic water bottle, and whatnot for reporting which was right,” Khan told Samaa.

Later the Customs team left the BOL office after taking what it had come for.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s electronic media watchdog has spun into action to gag the transmission of BOL Network on the behest of Ministry of Information.

Earlier, the federal ministry wrote a letter to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to make sure the TV channel remains off-air for as long as its parent company Axact was facing a probe into the fake degree scam.

“The TV channel should be blocked under the PEMRA Ordinance 2007,” the ministry said in the letter written.

According to sources the matter has been handed over to the regulator's legal wing.


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