Pakistan Blacks Out TV Station Amid Protests

Info minister resigns as gov't bars 'anti-establishment' channel
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2009 8:38 AM CDT
Pakistani lawyers and activists wave black flags during an anti-government rally in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, March 14, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – A Pakistani TV station that criticized the government in recent weeks has had its signal blocked in some areas of the country on government orders, a station official said. The country’s media clampdown has driven its information minister to resign in protest, another official noted. The station shutdown occurs as thousands of protesters and lawyers march to Islamabad to call for the reinstatement of ousted judges, CNN reports.