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Pakistan Suspends License of Leading News Channel (NYT)
The Pakistani government on Friday suspended the broadcasting license of Geo News, a popular television channel, in a major escalation of Geo’s dispute with the country’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency. WSJ Pakistan’s media regulator said it would temporarily take off the air the country’s largest news channel after it aired allegations that the spy agency was behind the shooting in April of the channel’s star anchor. Bloomberg The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority ordered the closure of Geo for two weeks and imposed a 10 million rupee fine, according to a statement. “The authority further decided that in case of repeated violation by the said licensee, proceedings for the revocation of the license shall be initiated,” according to the statement. Al Jazeera Geo stayed on the air for a few hours and reported the news of its own license being pulled along with a graphic showing the Geo News logo wrapped in chains before the signal was cut. Rights group Amnesty International described the ban as a “politically motivated attack on freedom of expression and the media.” BBC News Geo argues that it has already publicly apologized to the ISI for its coverage in the aftermath of the shooting of Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s best known TV presenters. He was hit six times in the abdomen and legs after his car was fired on by men on motorbikes as he was leaving Karachi airport on April 19. It remains unclear who fired the shots and no group has said it carried out the attack. In May, a group of PEMRA board members had tried to suspend Geo TV’s license on the same issue, but that decision was quickly “disowned” by the regulatory body.

Calvin And Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Returns to Comics Page (The Washington Post / Comic Riffs)
At the end of 1995, the beloved Calvin And Hobbes sledded off the comics page for the final time, and its long-reclusive legendary creator, Bill Watterson, retired from the business, never to draw another syndicated newspaper strip. Until now. Mediaite For three days, Watterson, one of the most beloved artists in the medium, was conducting a stealth mission right under our noses. Watterson had been secretly guesting in Stephan Pastis’ widely syndicated Pearls Before Swine strip. CNN The series of strips ran nationally this week with the premise that a small girl named “Libby” (or “Lib”) would stand in for Pastis. According to Pastis, having the legendary Watterson draw his strip is like working with “the Bigfoot of cartooning” — rare, and the highlight of his career. WordPress / Stephan Patsis Just getting an email from Watterson is one of the most mind-blowing, surreal experiences I have ever had. Watterson really exists? And he sends email? And he’s communicating with me? But he was. And he had a great sense of humor about the strip I had done, and was very funny, and oh yeah… he had a comic strip idea he wanted to run by me. If you had asked me the odds of Watterson ever saying that line to me, I’d say it had about the same likelihood as Jimi Hendrix telling me he had a new guitar riff. And yes, I’m aware Hendrix is dead. So I wrote back. “Dear Bill, I will do whatever you want, including setting my hair on fire.” Poynter / MediaWire They’ll auction off the artwork to benefit Team Cul de Sac, a charity co-founded by “Cul de Sac” author Richard Thompson that raises money for Parkinson’s disease research.