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May 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Apparently reacting to negative broadcast news accounts questioning Pakistan’s baffling role in the hunting down of Osama bin Laden, the Islamabad government has ordered nine international news channels, including CNN, Fox News, and the BBC, to halt what it said are “illegal” broadcasts from Abbottabad, the town where bin Laden had holed up for several years before he was killed during a Navy SEAL raid earlier this month. Britain’s Guardian newspaper said that those channels have been notified that they may not continue to broadcast from any part of the country without obtaining a license. Such a restriction, said the Guardian, is “a previously unknown requirement.” Moreover, it observed, authorities are taking measures to prevent other journalists from entering Pakistan. The country’s leadership has been sharply criticized for its failure to act while bin Laden operated from a large compound that was virtually a stone’s throw away from military bases.