Pakistan's Geo News sues ISI for defamation

Pakistani television channel Geo News is suing the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), the country's powerful spy agency, for defamation over accusations of being anti-state, it said on Friday, in a move unprecedented in a country where public criticism of the military is taboo. 

Pakistan's media regulator also suspended Geo for 15 days for reporting that the ISI was behind the April shooting of Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's most famous journalists. 

“Geo and Jang Group (have) served legal notice on the Ministry of Defence, Inter-Services Intelligence and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority for defaming and maligning the group,” said the channel.“More than 8,000 journalists, workers and professionals attached to the group and their families are not only being harassed but also attacked in Pakistan.” 

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