Electronic Media’s Incompetencies

The Breaking News Stint

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For last few days the debate that a guard should not have slapped the journalist has  been the hot topic, there is a division like there always is, this was show of patriarchy, he should be arrested, he should not have slapped her  that was fundamentally wrong.

This is not even a debate which covers the real problem,

  1. NADRA offices are not place to go make your 5 minute piece of news, those guys are always over worked and it’s not easy catering to 180 million population, making B-forms, ID cards, renewing ID cards, and all sort of things those people have to do. I have been there three times, first when we needed to register B-form and had birth certificate problem. Second for my CNIC and third when I lost my CNIC and had to get  new one. I did not see one person sitting and chilling, and belive it or not the waiting lines were pretty damn straight. Not saying every branch of NADRA is good, but if anyone noticed from the video it was the journalist who was over excited about slow working of the department, not the silent people standing there.
  2. Since when is it wrong for a constable to do his duty? Apparently according to media it is.  Telling them to get off the government property which was him just doing what he was supposed to do, they were not allowed there, were trespassing and it was within his rights to remove them with force.
  3. Pulling at FC’s uniform, crowding him, saying “tumhara ghar maa, behan hai ka nae”. As unprofessional as possible, attacking his modesty, insulting a man in front of crowd for doing what he is required to do. Where does “maa behen” reference comes in this show of bullying really  outrages me, when you talk about equality you don’t use crutches of “maa behan”. When you are calling yourself a “journalist” a professional, you definitely don’t use crutches “of weaker sex”.
  4. He slapped her, she pulled at his shirt first, how can that be ignored, this is Pakistan a country where no  ‘modest’  women wants to touched aggressively  by an unknown or known  male, and where no “modest” man wants to touched by aggressively by unknown or known  female. Not in Pakistan but such practise is strongly hated by all humans , animals and I assume plants too.
  5. Insulting a constable, a man whose qualification is only higher secondary, who has a salary which barely helps him make ends meet, who stands outside an office day in and day out, in all weathers, who only prides that he has “izzat(honor)” and “wardi(uniform)” what happens if someone takes all what, a working man has, in front of a crowd in front of camera for all the world to see? What about the right to pride of a such person, what about his right to modesty? Why is he required to show restrain and respect when a much more educated, more worldly person is not, even demonstrating an ounce of it? Better flush the modern education and exposure down the drain than.

This was not a twitter joke, it was not about women rights, it was not about how slow NADRA is, this was not some officer of Armed forces with attitude, this was just a constable  and asshole with camera and power of unforgiving, always judging jury of digital media.

Is not it ironic no matter whose side this jury sits on an ordinary person still loses?


Reign of Irrelevence

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Things have taken a very sharp turn in Pakistani politics that has become a general delusion in last few months. The only turn things have taken in last few months is for the worst if they were bad before. And our electronic media has not been very helpful in containing it. There are more than a half dozen channels who are dedicated 24/7 to news. Which is an extremely unnecessary number of news channels to have, considering the most of news they do deliver is completely baseless and irrelevant. Breaking news has become a joke in last few months. There was one every day, on nearly every channel in which one statement was provided which makes no sense and is repeated continuously, like there was a competition of vocabulary going on “who can say the same thing in most different ways”.

Journalism is supposed to be based upon factualism and realism, in which all the sides are of thing are analyzed and reported without biasedness. Everyone has opinions, opinions become a problem when they are more promoted as the truth. However the truth or the facts have become the most irrelevant things to deliver in today’s media. In the first months of sit-ins, certain private news channels gave 24 hour coverage of sit-ins in D-square without running any other news or advertisement. A very questionable behavior which went unquestioned. How can these channels claim to be objective and claim to authenticity if they cannot judge that all the other things going on in the Pakistan are irrelevant compared?

During September there was a brief flood last year which surprisingly got the coverage despite the sit-ins Devastation caused by it was readily blamed on the current government. What I failed to comprehend was why the Famine and drought in Thar did not get the coverage. Why the political and non-political people who have being claiming themselves to be the saviors of the suffering and the poor choose to ignore so completely thousands of people dying in the heat of desert from starvation, one of the worst ways to die from all the ways a person can die. Was the temperature there too extreme for the liberals and the open-minded freedom talkers? Or were these illiterate under privileged not the worth the time of educated and sophisticated class of Pakistan or the revolution and change was only for those who could finance it and help will be given only where there is a camera to advertise it?

During months of the sit-ins literally billions have been spend, all to bring about a change in the chain of thought, to break people out of their shells and make them care for their surroundings. While at the same time thousands were losing their homes dying of starvation. What change can be expected from those when the foundations of heir construction are built on what every other system had done before them? Ignoring and suppressing the voice of most needy and only doing what serves there best interest without taking them out of their comfort zones or challenging ay real enemies like Landlords of Sindh.  How much could have been done if this money would have been invested to the rehabilitation of the people of Thar. Would not that have been a change unheard of? What kind of revolution is it that everyday hundred thousands of rupees are being spent on food, fuel and promotion when few hundred miles south thousands are starving? Why is that not something that comes in every breaking news? Or does everyone need to die from a bomb blast to make anyone care anything less goes unnoticed.

Our anchor personal have started an unannounced campaign to unveil corruption, disgrace the political leaders, or to highlight all the things which are wrong with judicial system, if that is not enough they will pick some random religious cleric and start to prove how these religious people are spreading hatred and sectarian system. I have never seen this kind unity for cause, outside of cricket. What these claimer of honesty and provider of truth “based on facts” did not unite upon was and is unaccountable target killings and kidnapping happening in Karachi, or bullets fired by Indians, or how a people of Thar starved or while Festivals were being held or how a training CSS officer is burned behind locked doors and there is no explanation. We have lost so many good men in those violent and unjustifiable acts but no one unites no one executes these murderers in their talk shows like they execute the corrupt. Somehow they never can find the men made of flesh and blood or identify them or figure out who they work for, as they kill openly in middle of the streets, in daylight. But they can always find no- existent paper trail of corruption. Or what political people do in the privacy of their homes and deals done behind the closed doors. Truth has become an irrelevant accessory these days. Anchor personal are the most important people in our system they somehow have gained the right to execute the people and judge everyone without any consequences for their statements. They determine what is important and what is relevant. They can say whatever they want to whoever they want without any restrictions, moderation and censorship and their words lack an ounce of truth and it does not matter because everyone is en-titled to free expression as long it is made by someone who can sell themselves well.