On The Listening Post this week: Media mystery in Pakistan - who ordered Geo News off the air and why? Plus, the challenges of covering the world's largest biom...
On The Listening Post this week: Media mystery in Pakistan - who ordered Geo News off the air and why? Plus, the challenges of covering the world's largest biometric database.nnWhy did Pakistan's Geo TV go dark?nnPakistan's most-watched broadcast network Geo TV has been off the air for more than a month across much of the country and no one in a position of authority is saying why.nnGovernment ministers and the broadcasting regulator have denied any involvement and the cable companies that pulled the plug on Geo are staying silent.
As is the Pakistani military, which has butted heads with Geo before and is suspected by numerous political and media observers as having ordered the blackout.nnWith no explanation offered, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on trial for corruption, and elections coming - it would seem that Geo's dominance of the media landscape has once again put it on a collision course with the military.
nnContributors:nHamid Mir, senior anchor, Geo NewsnMarvi Sirmed, journalist, Daily TimesnAsad Baig, executive director, Media Matters for PakistannAyesha Siddiqa, research associate, SOAS University and author of Military Inc.nnOn our radarnRichard Gizbert speaks to producer Johanna Hoes about the shooting of Palestinian journalists by the Israeli army while covering protests at the border, and the crackdown on dissenting voices in Azerbaijan in the run-up to the election.nnIndia's 'Aadhaar' database and the challenges of reporting it nnIn India, there is a debate taking place over a nationwide identity programme that is run by the government.nnIt's called Aadhaar and is the world's largest biometric ID system, with more than 1.2 billion Indians already signed up.nnAadhaar has been dogged by legal challenges, questions over privacy and identity theft, which the media are investigating.nnBut the government body in charge of it - the Unique Identification Authority of India - is sticking to its line that the service is secure and is trying to fend off journalists asking legitimate questions with legal threats, police complaints and even cutting off their access.nnContributors:nRachna Khaira, reporter, The TribunenZoheb Hossain, lawyer for UIDAInNikhil Pahwa, founder and editor, MediaNamanSrinivas Kodali, cyber security specialisnn- Subscribe to our channel: aje.io/AJSubscribe n- Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/AJEnglish n- Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aljazeera n- Check our website: www.aljazeera.com/