Pakistan’s national channel taken off air after protesters storm building

A Pakistani protester throws tear gas shell back towards police during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Pakistani police clash with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister’s residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death Sunday in more than two weeks of demonstrations. Photo: B.K. Bangash, AP / Source seattlepi.com
A Pakistani protester throws tear gas shell back towards police during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Pakistani police clash with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister’s residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death Sunday in more than two weeks of demonstrations. Photo: B.K. Bangash, AP / Source seattlepi.com

Reuters
September 1,2014

Pakistan’s national PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters in central Islamabad.

“They have stormed the PTV office,” a news anchor said just before the screen went blank. “PTV staff performing their journalistic duties are being beaten up.”

Another TV channel, Express, showed images from inside the building, with protesters, some wearing gas masks, massing inside the channel’s newsroom but there were no signs of violence.

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