Me­dia wars

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

What we have been see­ing in the wake of the at­tack on Hamid Mir has taken an ugly turn. What started off as a war of ac­cu­sa­tions be­tween me­dia chan­nels has now as­sumed a sec­tar­ian tint. Ac­cu­sa­tions of blas­phemy are hurled left, right and cen­tre with­out pon­der­ing for a mo­ment what the con­se­quences of such an ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­ior can be. Pak­istan’s big­gest me­dia group is the main tar­get with all other chan­nels stand­ing against it. It pre­sents a sorry pic­ture but sadly the rot started at the me­dia chan­nel it­self. Take any neg­a­tive trend in the me­dia and you are likely to trace its ori­gin to Geo. It faces blas­phemy charges to­day and is play­ing the vic­tim.

Have we for­got­ten how its jour­nal­ist ac­cused the late PPP MNA Fouzia Wa­hab of blas­phemy when the poor lady didn’t say any­thing that could have been con­strued as blas­phemy? Can we for­get a par­tic­u­larly ven­omous ar­ti­cle writ­ten by a jour­nal­ist of the group in­cit­ing blas­phemy charges against Wa­hab? She was lucky that no case was reg­is­tered against her al­though some people tried their best to do it. Now that Geo is hav­ing a taste of its own medicine, can it be hoped that once it’s out of this mess - and I’m sure it will come out strong and un­scathed like it did in the past - it will have learnt some lessons? No mat­ter what its ri­vals may say, it is Pak­istan’s big­gest and most pop­u­lar me­dia group. It is hoped that it will act ma­turely, es­pe­cially in the mat­ters of re­li­gion and na­tional se­cu­rity.

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