Pakistan's media regulatory watchdog has barred live broadcasts by international media from Abbottabad, where Osama bin Laden was killed by the U.S. forces, and almost all foreign journalists on Sunday left the garrison city on the orders of authorities.

In an apparent bid to clamp down on coverage of the incident, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority announced on Saturday night that it was stopping “illegal uplinking of signals and live coverage of news from Abbottabad” by foreign satellite TV channels.

A large number of foreign journalists, TV camerapersons and photographers, who had been staying in hotels and guesthouses to report from Abbotabad over the past week, were told on Saturday to leave by Sunday noon if they did not have special permission to be in the city, foreign journalists said.