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The Guilt of Balochhal

The Guilt of Balochhal

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Published by: Yousaf Ajab Baloch on Nov 29, 2010
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The Guilt of BalochhalBy Yousaf Ajab BalochThe exploitation of Baloch and Balochistan is not new as the oppressed Balochnation is exploited and deprived in all walks of life . Underprivileged nations cannever get attention of the world or international community unless they havecommand over education and have their own media .Unfortunately, when we talk of the media and education, Baloch have never been facilitated in spite of being oneof the richest parts of Asia in terms of natural resources.Media plays a prime role to represent a backward area or the nation. The absenceof sincere Baloch committed media is felt constantly in Balochistan. Though morethan 115 daily news papers are published from Balochistan, except
 Daily Tawar 
,
 Daily Intekhab
,
 Daily Azadi 
,
 Daily Ustaman
and
Dalily Balochistan Express
, allother newspapers can be counted as nominal representative of the province. Mostnews papers, their editors and publishers even do not belong to Balochistan. On thecontrary, Baloch news papers, which are manged by professional editors who arefully acquainted with the local culture and history, are ignored and always facestoppage of advertisements. They are subjected to anti-Baloch behavior. This wasproved when the government banned Baloch newspaper
 Daily Asaap
last year andbesieged the offices of 
 Daily Azadi 
and
 Balochistan Express
in Quetta.Because the Baloch newspapers, a mirror image of the Balochistan scenario ispresented to represent what actually is happening in Balochistan. These newspapersare straightforward in terms of articulating the deprivation and dispossession of Baloch people. Due to this candid stance, these professional newspapers arepressurized financially.When we glance at the Baloch electronic media, it s experiential that websites arestriving to highlight the Baloch question and atrocities taking place inside theprovince. As a result, they are banned. Such moves are indeed a clear violation of people’s right to expression.Now another attack on Baloch media has been reported by banning of firstonline Baloch English newspaper,
The Baloch Hal.
According to Dawn News, thegovernment of Pakistan has decided to ban online English newspaper
The Baloch Hal 
,on the advice of sensitive government department. It is obvious that
The Baloch Hal 
, being the first online Baloch newspaper, has been playing a neutralrole in the media but was still opposed by Baluchistan government. Yet, thenewspaper has been forced to pay a price for following the true values of good pressand journalistic norms and expressing facts as they exist.
The Baloch Hal 
has beenblocked for presenting the real face of Balochistan.It is not important to know who banned
The Baloch Hal 
but the question is whatcrime the newspaper committed for which it should face blockade as a punishment.

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