Maryam Nawaz’s interview forcibly censored shortly after being aired

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An interview of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Maryam Nawaz is a recent one that was taken off air shortly after it was broadcasted, it emerged on Thursday.

Show host Nadeem Malik reported in a tweet: “Just came to know Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s interview has been stopped forcefully just [a] few minutes after it started live.”

Following the censorship, Hum News released a statement after its interview was stopped forcibly. “Hum News believes in a free and responsible media. Protecting freedom of expression is one of our core values. At the same time, we stand for the respect and dignity of [the] judiciary in line with our ethical values and the Consitution.”

It is pertinent to mention that similar incidents took place when AbbTakk TV, 24 News and Capital TV broadcasted Maram Nawaz’s presser.

Authorities said the three channels were unavailable due to “technical issues” but Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recognized it as an act of brazen censorship.

The move came as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration vowed to block any media coverage and interviews of politicians “who are convicts and under trial”.