The dangers of being a journalist in Pakistan

April 18th, 2014

Pak Tea House

In Pakistan, it is said that discourse is dominated by one kind of narrative. That narrative is primarily right wing in its orientation and is characterized by fusion of religion and ultra nationalism and is further supplemented by hatred and deep mistrust of the outside world.

Countering such narrative is essential if we have to get out of this quagmire. However, those who can present arguments against this narrative are few and further more do not get adequate space in the media, particularly Urdu press and electronic media.

But even those who do get access, have to face a lot of dangers. Raza Rumi, a prominent journalist and TV anchor,  was recently attacked and barely survived. Some of the journalists, however, have not been lucky. This brief report from BBC sheds light on the threats face by journalists in Pakistan.

Raza Rumi Speaks with BBC by razarumi1

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GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists

Malik Omaid

Pak Tea House

GEO TV admitted in their program “Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Sath” 23rd April 2014 that they ignored attack on other journalists including Raza Rumi and continued attacks on Express TV.

GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists by razarumi1

Just to remind many analyst showed their anger on twitter about this shameful trend of avoiding and the attack on rival media group.

“@NadeemfParacha: Not a single word on most channels on the cowardly attack on @Razarumi.” SHAME on these channels!

— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) March 28, 2014