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Pakistan Bans TV Coverage Of Militant Groups

Pakistan's media regulator has directed private television channels to restrict coverage of 72 organizations with links to militants or risk losing their license to broadcast.

The ban, issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority late on November 2, includes groups designated as terrorist groups by the United Nations, such as the self-proclaimed charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its militant wing, Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The move was seen as part of efforts by Islamabad to convince the world it’s doing enough to clamp down on terrorist organizations.

The Pakistani government has stepped up action against militant groups operating in the country, particularly after more than 140 students were killed in a Taliban attack on a Peshawar army school in December 2014.

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