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to elect their representatives’. Media came into existence in 1780 with the introduction of a newspaper namely ‘The Bengal Gazette’ and since then it has matured leaps and bounds. It has been playing a very important role in shaping human minds. Role of media Media plays a crucial role in shaping a healthy democracy. It is the backbone of a democracy. Media makes us aware of various social, political and economical activities happening around the world. It is like a mirror, which shows us or strives to show us the bare truth and harsh realities of life. The media has undoubtedly evolved and become more active over the years. It is the media only who reminds politicians about their unfulfilled promises at the time of elections. T.V news channels’ excessive coverage during elections helps people, especially illiterates, in electing the right person to the power. This reminder compels politicians to be upto their promises in order to remain in power. Television and radio have made a significant achievement in educating rural illiterate masses in making them aware of all the events in their language. Coverage of exploitative malpractices of village heads and moneylenders has helped in taking stringent actions against them by attracting government’s attention. The media also exposes loopholes in the democratic system, which ultimately helps government in filling the vacuums of loopholes and making a system more accountable, responsive and citizen-friendly. A democracy without media is like a vehicle without wheels. In the age of information technology we are bombarded with information. We get the pulse of the world events with just a click of a mouse. The flow of information has increased manifolds. The perfect blend of technology and human resources... How The Media Affects Society The media is undoubtedly a significant and influential aspect in modern day society. As a means of communication in a world very much advanced in technology, the media touches all types of people through various forms such as the radio, newspapers, televisions etc. The question remains: what information is left unbiased and untarnished? The people within society must sort through the many bits of information fed to them and unfortunately, in most cases, all bits of media is taken as the whole truth. The ways in which media impacts society to a great extent are through the facts it chooses to reveal, as recently seen in the case of the Tamil war in Sri Lanka. The tone in which it is presented
PPF General-Secretary Owais Aslam Ali. The media can choose to mention certain things and not to mention certain things. This can result in society not knowing how to react to what is happening in other parts of the world. in his address. until the Tamils outside of Sri Lanka began to protest and make other countries aware of the situation. deplored that media highlighted human rights violations in the country but failed in playing due role in opinion building and educating the masses. The media chose not to reveal this information and if it was not for the protest and marches held around the world it is possible. The media then proceeded not to broadcast any of it. and stressed it should now focus on wrong doings and abuse of resources by elite class in urban areas. especially facing people of rural areas.such as the recently reported cases of Tamil protest on the streets of downtown Toronto and finally in the manner it chooses to target certain audiences. leaving people unaware of it on a global scale. He opined that media should show the real face of urban elite as it did in the case of feudal lords in order to introduce a new culture and change in society. it failed to focus on urban elite that was abusing the country's resources. Council Member Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. the tone and manner in which. said: "It is high time to see our society with a critical eye. but stresses that it must also uncover those abusing the country's resources Dawn KARACHI: Speakers at a seminar on Thursday lauded the role of media in highlighting local issues. dedicated by office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO to human rights education. that society could have never known that genocide was being used against the Tamil Tigers.. but sometimes the media may not choose to show us what is exactly going on. As seen in the recent Tamil war in Sri Lanka all mainstream media outlets were banned from broadcasting out of the country. he added.. . such as the case of Victoria George-Pazzano in Mexico. bureaucrats. The seminar on "Role of media as human rights educators" was organized by the Pakistan Press Foundation on Thursday in connection with Human Rights Day being observed on Dec 10. Ghazi Sallahuddin. corrupt politicians and their feudal approach. The media affects society through the facts it chooses to reveal. but. Society needs the media to be informed on the events happening around the world. PAKISTAN: Media's role in social change discussed Seminar organizaed by Pakistan Press Foundation highlights media's role in bringing local issues to light. 1. Media exposed military generals. Just as important as the facts the media chooses to reveal.
He maintained that universities should promote education in real sense and if higher educational institutions would not bring forth talented and educated people. but. Fazal Qureshi also spoke at the seminar. He said media could not attract talent as much as multinational companies were attracting towards them. he said that electronic media had played positive role to some extent in highlighting the real issues and educating the society. human rights activists and journalists. who would bring definite changes. Ghazi Sallahuddin said that local media institutions lacked credibility and to improve their credibility. in his opinion NGOs were playing their due role for betterment of civil society. Rumana Husain of the Human Rights Education Programme. She said that instead of expecting more in the first step. media should try to educate people for social change. but the UNDP indicators about human development show that Pakistan is at 140th level in the world in human development. which was attended among others by NGO representatives. as media was commercially motivated. In this gloomy situation. However. Media Role in Pakistan . He said that some people had reservations on the role of non-governmental organizations." he added. he said that a few people were struggling to change present situation in the media and they must be appreciated. Mr Sallahuddin said that the combined circulation of all newspapers being published in English. Pakistan is sixth largest country in the world with respect to population and the 7th nuclear power with a strong army. salary structure was also shocking and one of the reasons for its decline." he said. Analysing current scenario of Pakistani print media. According to him. briefed the participants about the working of her organization that had involved schoolchildren in social activities. Urdu and Sindhi in Pakistan was not more than circulation of Indian newspapers in a single city. In this situation. they should focus on genuine issues. Unless universities provide us quality products. the situation will not change. government and the media. in her presentation. "Circulation of newspapers is not satisfactory while book reading and education level is also alarmingly low.We always portray discouraging scenario of the society instead of thinking about the ground realities and what role is being played by civil society.
In a press conference John McCain said that Drone attacks is their legitimate weapon to Defeat Terrorism. It shows Pakistan seriousness to Defeat Terrorist. President Asif Ali Zardari himself said that Pakistan suffered a loss of more than 300 million losses in this war. I can cite countless examples of this distortion of news. All Lal Masjid thugs became heroes of Islam with GOP & Pak Commandos portrayed as forces of evil. No mention of the poor hundred or so dead and the big . He kept on about some mysterious blue light and US Marine staying on the 4th floor. Re: The Role Of Media I have always maintained that Pakistani media especially Urdu press is full of extreme right wing supporters. no sooner did the Lal Masjid Operation start. There is a strong public opinion against Drone attacks in Pakistan. Reporting on Marriott bombing. Let us start with Lal Masjid. Thanks to Musharraf that he gave an important place to media. Ansar Abbassi tried to create doubts as to where the explosion occurred . The Restoration of judiciary was the Hall Mark for media in Particular and people in General. 180 degrees turn. which is again thanks to Media that it has created awareness to the people to express their opinion to save their sovereignty.By Tariq Mehmood Khan Is Pakistani Media is playing its positive role in strengthening a democratic institutions in Pakistan? It is true that media in Pakistan has got freedom in recent years. Lo and behold. Although. IMO the spate of suicide bombings after Lal Masjid affair was directly to highly biased reporting by the bigot Hamed Mir and Pak Dustman TV and they are indirectly responsible blood shedding of scores of innocent victims. Although Media was banned to gavel coverage to judiciary yet for the sake of their business and mass interest forced them to give it media coverage. No other county has suffered so much as PAKISTAN and no other country can sacrifice as much as Pakistan. They spin the news to suit their nefarious purpose of creating support for Taliban in the minds of the naïve Pakistani public. Every Government has tried their level best to curb media but now it is out of control and now Media is in a good position to defend itself. I have myself heard Hamid Mir goading Musharraf on Capital Talk as to why writ of government was not being established in the capital. The success of Long March to restore the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was also made possible due to media role. he had also curb the media yet it goes to his credit that during his regime many Private channels were opened and they got so much popularity among the masses that all restrictions and ban on media were failed to prove any positive result for the government. American Senators visit to Pakistan was not a good news for Pakistani. In the eye of WAR on TERROR media has also played an effective role to make a public opinion against the style of War on Terror which has caused a great loss of Pakistan in men and material.
Another example is the military operation against Akbar Bugti. political parties have to spend lot money to get across their views. realized as early as 1930’ by Himmler of Nazi Germany. Only Irshad Haqqani has pointed out that Akbar Bugti died in explosion of a rocket from his own arsenal. Look at the number of times Gen Hamid Gul and Imran Khan or on Geo TV. Only because these two people. What other proof is needed when Sufi Mohammad openly declaring that he does not accept Pakistan Constitution and democracy is ‘Kufr. I am all for free speech but there are always certain limits especially when it comes to survival of the state. at that time the bigot Ansar Abbasi managed to dilute the blame from Taliban anyway. Media is the most powerful tool of propaganda. such as Imran Khan and Khwaja Saad Rafiq of PML-N and lets them have a field day on Hamid Mir program. but Nazi propaganda machinery created an empathy with the Nazi cause they kept silent. Even last night I saw a Mullah from JUI who claimed that the whole Operation was pre-planned and the deal was done deliberately so show Taliban in a bad light and the blame lies with the government. I have heard Hamid Mir referring to him as Akbar Bugti Shaheed? Good God man! Would not this encourage scores of naïve Baluch youth to pick up a gun and embrace Sahadat fighting PA. they must give free TV time to supporters of Sufi Mohammad. Allah save Pakistan from the bigotry that most of Urdu columnist in Jang and on Geo TV are allowing to be propagated in the name of freedom of the press! . despite the fact that neither has any mandate from the people. It is international law that any civilian who picks up a gun to fight the State is no longer a civilian but an enemy of the State! Didn't he actually fight PA with guns? Not Pak Dushmnn TV. Pak Dushman media such as GEO TV is playing the same role but not for the Pakistan State but for the Taliban. are pro Islamic terrorists. Do you really think that all Germans during Hitler time supported the heinous crimes committed by the SS on the orders of Himmler? Certainly not.? On the other hand. Is this not “Treason”? No not good enough for Pak Dushman TV.crater in the front of the hotel. In Pakistan terrorists and traitors are provided it free of cost by Pak Dushman TV and media terrorists. Most parties support the Swat Operation as GOP was left with no choice. All this despite the fact that Taliban in Swat had warned the media personnel that they risk their lives if the report anything against Taliban. not a word in praise of the PA jawans who are sacrificing their lives so that Pak Dushman TV can operate. however. It was a hotel for Gods’ sake! Where do you expect US Marine visiting Pakistan to stay? It has now come to light that it was conducted by Lashkar Jhangvi. In other countries. However Pakistan Dushman TV (Geo TV) manages to dig out people who are against it. The confusion Hamid Mir tried to create by saying that Ajmal Kassab was caught in Nepal six months ago was without any basis whatsoever.
which lead to a bloody new era for our country. and in electronic media since past 2 years. Media in pakistan is mostly controlled by busniss men and politicans who use it to promote their own propoganda and intrests. PEMRA was of no use. these people dont know the importance of propoganda and info warfare 2. He is one professional great man. and thats why their workers dont work with full intrest. EXPRESS 24/7 and DAWN News and SAMA can be Said to be following the national intrests I was a big fan of Musharraf. So far only express. I have yet to see a great patriotic man who opted media and Left Civil services for journalism. who dont know any thing about stratgy. I was in Dunya TV when the most impressive Directer News Amir Ghori was sacked. meaning they are not ‘professionals’. In race for breaking news channels dont bother to confirm reports. barring few like DAWN. IR and effect of media on public. He was sacked because he had guts to say No to wrongs and was not indulgeing in channels politics. But when these media ppl . They hold absolutely no regard for one speaker at one time rule. 5. 6. Many people credit him with the explosion of media channels and rightly so. I saw some of the Pakistans worst losers who are in high places due to black mailing and politics 3. dawn and samaa are following standerds rest all are following ideology of intrest. Benefit of doubt here should be given. Un qualified people are sitting at high posts. My observation so far is that 1. Pakistani media is in its initial stages. 7. especially keeping in mind that this industry is still relatively new and hopefully would improve. till he broke his nationally televised promise of donning his uniform (17th amendment). like so many other steps he took. and you can see how it promotes indian culture without realizing that its anti thesis of our own culture and ideology. are a joke and an embarrassment for the nation. Media people want to earn the place in good books of owners and hence forget for what their profession stands for. would often ask stupid questions. it has intrests in India . So FAR ONLY EXPRESS NEWS. Most channels Pay very less and that too after months to their workers . 4. But IMO. many channels which initially came are now either bankrupt or losing viewer ship. Just look at journos during the press conferences. Take example of GEO .The Role Of Media yar i am in express news. This is no secret that our media channels. this was also short sighted and without keeping in mind the long-term repercussions by allowing dozens of news channels to setup the channel and start broadcasting bullshit without thinking that how would they be held accountable.
The news and jang would even sell their masks for a certain amount of money. Now they have their own channels and the amount of pathetic advertisement they show speaks about their hypocrisy. . There should be someone who would hold their necks for calling terrorists as ‘sahab”. but the clarification never appears. On top of all there is no accountability of these channels that are maligning individuals and entities. ending their every news headline with a sight of some Indian starts dancing then one starts thinking that they are rather a pain in the a$$ and a farce. the jung newspaper would often criticize and humiliate PTV for showing excessive advertisement during most watched programs and sports matches in their newspapers. Sorry for drifting from the topic. whose sole purpose is to earn money and nothing more.exploit their position and start broadcasting lies. baitullah sb. I remember when we only used to have PTV channel. DAWN is an n exception here. They are no less than blackmailers. I think we should make a sticky thread where the bloopers of these channels should be discussed. who strictly follows a policy. blackmail by putting on unethical media. One wrong strip destroys the image of someone. fazullah sb. and commercial organizations.
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