Media-Best Way Forward



  • This is continuation of previous thread in Forum. I hope every will join in.



  • Govt. version. Personally, I don't appreciate those anchors and channels who want to promote or defend actions of Nov 3rd. However, the true spirit of free media is availability of forum to all sides. If media only present anti Nov 3rd action then it will become one sided too. Therefore all versions need to be heard. Unfortunately, at the moment anti-emergency forces are not getting level playing field. One of their major channel i.e. GEO has been shut down. But apart from this situation, when we talk about free media it is very important that every version of story and every version of opinion must be presented to the public.



  • CITIZEN JOURNALIST

    This is a great gift of technology. Ordinary citizen like me or you can use u-tube or blogs to break a story. I couldn't recall the exact news, but one of important news in US politics which was first made public by a blogger. In current Pakistan situation, if a private citizen has an important news or story with evidence, but all newspaper or broadcaster refuses to go ahead with the story then they can use U-Tube or blog to break their story. In my opinion for next two or three years, considering Govt' crack down on media. Pakistanis will go to U-tube or blogs to get the story or spread a news.



  • i still think that DESPITE DR. SHAHID MASOOD & HAMID MIR BEING SO LENIENT NOWADAYS, THEY R WAY BETTER THAN PEOPLE LIKE DR. DANISH, MUJAHID BRALVI AND "THE PHULAN DEVI" JASMEEN MANZOOR. SERIOUSLY U GOTTA SEE HER SCREAMING AGAINST PML-N, & JI.



  • Rafi, I WISHED U WERE RIGHT. BUT FACT IS MORE THAN HIALF OF THIS NATION'S NET SURFURS R PORN JUNKEYS. THEY DONT KNOW ABC OF COMPUTER BUT JUST SURF FOR PORN. DONT BELIEVE ME? GO TO ANY NET-CAFE & U'LL FIND EVIDENCE!



  • I am sure they go to net cafe to watch porn, I am not going to go into reason about why they watch porn because that is separate topic. Citizen Journalist mean a person who was at the right place at wrong time and manged to made video through his cell phone about some important event. Then they can release that important video through u-tube.



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  • Rafi u didn't get my point. # of people posting informative videos will be same, but who will see them, those who r posting themselves? it just like at present! we here r beating drum about judicial genocide, moral corruption & asking people to raise their voices but nobody comes up not even to defend the present regime. people are absolutely disconnected from this nation's catastrophe.



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  • Andaleeb, you are right actually audience for internet is small. Electronic media is the only way to reach more ordinary people especially rural population, unfortunately electronic media is under watch.



  • If future Govt. do not bring Judiciary at Nov 3 level, but they only bring the media to Pre-Nov 3 level. Then the media will pave the way to bring Judiciary back. I have very strong faith in power of media, provided Media will get a free hand to play its role. There will be biases from every side but let those biases float freely. Of the quotes stated earlier, my favourite is.

    'Don't Hate Media Become a Media'



  • An interesting article about friction between media and US government.

    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/12/13/at_war_government_and_the_media/



  • I want ask everybody, following questions.

    1. What will happen to GEO TV, they will be allowed to be back in the cable if new anti Mush Govt' is formed after Jan 8th election.

    2. What if colition of pro-Mush parties will be able to form a Govt.

    3. Will GOE sign undertaking.

    4. If GEO is allowed without signing then other Channels will complain and demand that their undertaking should be taken back.

    Overall, does the Media going to be free as post Nov 3 situation again? And if it does then how soon after Jan 8th election or after another election?



  • Rafi. sounds very good but unfortunately distant from reality. i dont see any reason y BB or chaudhrys' will alloww free media.



  • I have been trying to push this topic for quite sometime; eventually gave-up. I can think of following reason.

    1. We do not believe media or free media is an important pillar of society.

    2. It is too technical to write points.

    3. We are not ready to have free media.

    We voice for free media but we are not ready to listen other side of the story, if media is echoing our thoughts then it is OK. If media is saying or propagating opposition views then media is not OK. Though we blame Mush Govt. for curbing free media but we ourself from inside may act like same as Mush; i.e. to gag dissenting opinion under our power. As a society we are supposed to insult, humiliate and name call dissents. Tolerance is a keyword, which we lack. Our society as a whole from President of the country to ordinary fruit vendor or farmer doesn't have a level of tolerance.

    This is my faith, i.e. give free hand to media and within ten years we will see drastic change in the economic development in the society and higher level of tolerance and acceptability. But the ground reality is entirely different; this is my prediction and hope I am wrong but it is very unlikely.

    For next 0-15 years tug of war between media, Govt. and society (i.e. people of Pakistan) will continue. It is not necessary that Govt. will only be paranoid toward media. It is very likely that the society (off and on) will stay paranoid towards media as well. When we talk about media; it isn't necessarily mean political talk shows only; it also mean TV Drama, commercials, fashion, opinion and every issue that fall under the definition of mass communication and especially electronic communication/media. You may be wondering why Society may be paranoid towards free media; because media is a powerful tool which may play a leading force towards change. And our society always resent change; let alone change we not even ready to listen to new ideas. The reason for that resentment will be the fear of infiltration of wrong value in the society. Free Media which will project both un-acceptable and acceptable values. Are we ready to allow availability of acceptable and un-acceptable values in the electronic media. Or we still want to dictate what is acceptable before that program goes on air.

    Are we ready to allow at least one TV channel of extreme expression among other 60 channels?

    Are we ready to provide a choice to consumer to decide for himself or herself to watch or not to watch that channel of extreme expression?

    We are not ready.

    What is the larger consequence of such mindset? Such foxhole vision will always play a major hurdle in economic advancement, we always stay behind our competitors and we will always be the last one to enjoy the fruit of progress. And, bottom line we will always be dependent on foreign aid we will never be self sufficient for at least next 15 years or may be more.



  • @Beena

    This is in connection to your recent thread of 'BB,Murder & Media'. Though I am not professionally qualified in Mass Communication, but I have strong feeling about media's role and I wrote what I felt. Please read my last post, it may possibly provide some answers.

    You probably know now about my position on the power of consumer, I tell you one instance. PJ Mir's show of Dec 30th is avaialable on PK Politics website but I choose not to watch it. As a consumer I decided that he is biased so I stayed away. Similalry all those programmes show which will try to manipulate viewers will loose their credibility.



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    For my friend who despise GOE.



  • @ Admin

    I would appreciate if could continue to post Pro-Musharaf talk shows too; it doesn't mean that I enjoy them. But it very important that your website must make the point that this website is un-biased. Also brining other sides opinion creates hot debates which is good for your web site.



  • Give freedom to media and let Hamid Mir & Shahid Masood come back and tell their side of opinion. If somebody wants to voice against their opinion then they are most welcome. We people are consumers who want to listen all sides of story.



  • Perks and Previledges (that include lifetime medical for family that include foreign trips too) to ex-chariman senate illegally and unethically granted by caretaker prime minitser has been taken back. Why it happenned because media break that news and there was a great hue and cry from public against this lavish waste of public money.

    It happenned because of power of media which break that story.