Pakistani Media: The Pressing Matter of the Press

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Mark Twain believed that “There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.”

Today, the PTI government echoed about the apprehensions they have regarding Media. Firdaus Ashiq Awan and the PM talked about the way media has been manipulating the reality. This also made me remember George Orwell’s Novel ‘1984’. He seemed to have predicted everything that is currently happening right now. As the world is progressing rapidly in technology, unfortunately as humans we are regressing.

After much deliberation, I have decided to tell the world a bit about my background. My maternal uncle Fazal Ahmed Syed took me and my family in when my father died 33 years ago. He is married to Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami’s niece. In a way you can say that I have been fortunate to have seen both sides of the coin. International politics has always been a subject of discussion my entire life. I have seen political influencers come and go in our house. I discussed, debated and deliberated on many issues with my uncle. He is known as a political Peer in many circles. Though I don’t live with him since I am married now, I owe most of my political conscience to him.

I do not like labels for myself, and since journalism has lost its credibility in my eyes, I no longer wish to associate myself with this profession. I was once registered and had a press badge. It lies somewhere in my cupboard and I don’t wish to reapply. The negative portrayal of the PTI government on all accounts by all outlets of media is devastating. The sensationalizing of news and desensitizing of the people in Pakistan has been going on for a long time. Dawn, a paper that was considered as one of the most prestigious newspapers has lost its appeal. It is also echoing the enemy’s agenda.

We are living in a dangerous time with even more dangerous undertones. We are being targeted within and outside our country. Fake news by media here, there and everywhere makes one become flabbergasted. Most media channels are twisting facts and are mostly responsible for the social unrest. The positive news gets buried and we are left with only seeing the negative. There is corruption in all sectors of our country. Ages-old corrupt mindset does not go away in a minute. Despite all the international conspiracies along with the hypocrites, money-mongers and traitors Emerging Naya Pakistan will be a reality. PM Imran Khan and the trustworthy members of his party have our prayers and support. Insha Allah like the PM said 2020 will be a good year for all of us.

By Sanaa Khalid

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