Veteran journalist Hamid Mir had ended his brief stint at GNN and returned to Geo News.
According to reports, Mir did not feel “comfortable” working with the newly established channel, leaving after less than two months.
However, this information is contradicted by Mir’s tweet in which he described working for GNN as an “excellent experience”.
It was an excellent experience to launch GNN with some old friends and my brother Amir Mir who is pride of journalism I wish them good luck and thank you for welcoming me back https://t.co/CoRMSB8lzG
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) October 13, 2018
had previously left Geo News after being associated with the channel for over two decades on rather bad terms, citing delay and non-payment of salaries. He was part of a court case against the channel, having petitioned the Supreme Court to request the management to clear staff dues.
He had been carrying out serious discussions with the owners of Jang group in order to release sataff salaries, which had not been paid for more than four months. It is also believed that Mir had serious issue with the revised editorial policies of Geo TV which had been in place for over a year.
He strongly believed that Geo was adopting a policy of censorship and that freedom of expression was being compromised. He was supported in this view by several leading journalists in the country.
Geo on the other hand was adamant that no such policy was in place, and that there was no restriction on freedom of expression in Pakistan.
Mir’s colleagues congratulated him on his return to Geo News.
Hamid Mir sb joins back Geo News 👌🙌👍. Welcome back home @HamidMirPAK Sb.
— Muneeb Farooq (@muneebfaruqpak) October 12, 2018
The public, though, did not take too well to Hamid’s decision, calling him “U-turn” and various other unrepeatable terms.
حامد میر کو گورمے والوں کی حلال کمائ راس نہیں آئ
اب دوبارہ سے جیو کے چکلے پر واپس چلا گیا ہے
— sardar khan (@sardar53977) October 12, 2018
Can we call it U-turn?
— Farhan Maqbool (@FarhanMaqbol) October 12, 2018
This lady compared him to a “lota”, a term used to describe individuals who change political parties for financial and other gains.
سیاستدان اگر پارٹی بدل دے تو اسکو "لوٹا" کہا اور پکارا جاتا ہے
اگر صحافی ایک مہینے میں دو چینلز تبدیل کتے تو اسے کیا کہتے ہیں؟
— Areba Noor Wazir (@areba07) October 12, 2018
Mir is renowned for his hard-hitting interview techniques, and during his career, has interviewed several world leaders, including John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Nelson Mandela and Shimon Peres.