Salman Al-Dawsari of Asharq Al-Awsat, an independent Saudi owned newspaper, wrote on November 23: "Less than a week after it took a decision to shut down to Pakistani satellite channels, the authorities in the Emirate of Dubai allowed the ARY channel to resume broadcasting while it affirmed that the other channel, GEO, was still prohibited from broadcasting. The first Pakistani channel resumed broadcasting from Dubai yesterday after its management succeeded in reaching an agreement with the officials in the Dubai Free Zone about the policy of the channel which is opposed to the current Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and his policies in the country.
"While it wasn't possible to contact the management of ARY channel for comments, an official in Dubai denied to Asharq Al-Awsat the reports about the Emirate being pressured by Musharraf and his regime to close down the two channels. He confirmed that there are regulations and rules that govern the Free Zone "and no media outlet can be allowed to violate them". He added: "it is true that freedom is guaranteed to all, but there are constraints set to serve the interests and hopes of the United Arab Emirates". The local authorities in Dubai had asked the GEO and ARY channels to stop broadcasting from Dubai last Friday. The two channels spoke about about the Pakistani president applying pressure on the Dubai authorities to push them to prohibit the channels from broadcasting.
"But the Dubai authorities justified their decision by announcing that it was aimed at "preserving objectivity and neutrality". Dubai Media city hosts eight channels that are broadcasting to Pakistan and all of them continue to operate except for GEO. Dr Amina Al-Rastamani, the executive director of the media sector in Dubai Free Media and Technology zone, the authority that issues permits to the foreign channels broadcasting from Dubai, announced that GEO's future depends on "reaching an objective settlement that protects the interests of all factions in the context of total respect and commitment to the internal and foreign policies of the United Arab Emirates"…" - Asharq al-Awsat, United Kingdom