Journalists, rights bodies condemn move to take TV anchor Hamid Mir 'off air'

Journalist bodies and human rights organisations on Monday condemned the move to take veteran journalist and TV show host Hamid Mir "off air". Mir told BBC Urdu he had been informed by the Geo News management that he would "not go on air on Monday" to host his five-days-a-week show Capital Talk. Although there was no official comment from Geo News, its administration confirmed to BBC Urdu that Mir would not host his talk show from Monday (today) and that "he has been sent on leave for some time". The management said Mir was still associated with the Jang Media Group; another anchorperson has reportedly been asked to host the programme in place of Mir for now.

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