Banned Pakistani TV host apologises over speech against army

ISLAMABAD: A prominent Pakistani journalist who was banned and taken off air by his TV station after he criticised the country’s military last month at a protest against growing attacks on journalists has offered an apology, saying he had no intention to defame the army.

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Hamid Mir took to Twitter on Wednesday, saying he apologised over his remarks before a journalists’ local union that defended him since Geo News TV removed him in May as the host of his talk show “Capital Talk”.

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He said he tendered no such apology to his employer as he did not use Geo News TV’s platform when he made a fiery speech at a rally in May to express solidarity with journalist Asad Ali Toor and others who were attacked or harassed.

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Press freedom advocates often accuse Pakistan’s military of harassing journalists.

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Pakistani authorities insist they support freedom of speech and Mir’s removal as the host was TV’s internal affairs.

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