Why is the Pakistani media stampede after Imran Khan’s arrival
Imran Khan completed his 100 days as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. But in these 100 days, the Pakistani media has faced all the challenges. There are reports of financial tightening from social media to traditional news outlets. Discussions are underway in the media sector about the hike in salaries and jobs. Even before the general elections in July, there was concern about censorship. But now after the dismissal of many reputed journalists, the journalism world of Pakistan has shaken badly. Many journalists are being held responsible for this. Simultaneously, there are criticisms of the government’s plan to improve the regulatory process on the media. It is being said that this is expected to affect the freedom of the press.
Why stalled Salaries:
Many analysts believe that journalists who are criticizing the government in the name of financial constraints are being expelled from the media institutions. In the last days of the month of October, news came that the News-A-time media group news channel was being shut down due to the financial crisis. A senior journalist, Matiullah Ali, shared the news of the closure of the news channel on his twitter account.
A few days ago, he had put the issue of removing himself from the channel in front of the world. Pak newspaper Daily Pakistan has quoted local sources as saying that in the beginning, news has started some of its employees out of the job to face the ‘financial crisis’. But after that, these problems put all the employees out of the job. The website, called Propakistani.pk, states, “The channel has lost control due to pressure from the side of the party.
According to the distinguished newspaper Dawn, in May, the Supreme Court had taken a bribe to cancel the news of its employees’ pay. According to some media institutions, in October, Bol News fired 200 employees from their jobs. Don’s Sunday Magazine has also been affected due to reducing the financial burden. Because of this, the magazine has had to reduce some of its pages.
Removal of reputable journalists:
Pakistan’s reputed journalist, Matiullah Jaan (Waqt News), Nusrat Javid (Dawn News), Talat Hussain (Geo TV) and Imtiaz Alam (Geo TV) have been in discussion for the past few days due to their resignation or expulsion from the job.
Alam, while tweeting on November 20, wrote, “I will not be part of Geo TV and its program reports from December 1. The economic crisis has promoted the action against journalists who do not like in the media. The media profession has become very dangerous and scandal-filled with its obscenity and work with censorship has become very difficult. “
I will be quitting GEO and will not be a part of Report Card from 1st December. Financial crunch has encouraged the axe to fall on unwanted viewpoints in media. Media profession has become Very hazardous and scandalous and it is hard to keep pace with its vulgarity & censorship— Imtiaz Alam (@ImtiazAlamSAFMA) November 20, 2018
Matiullah Khan also believes that he has also been deliberately removed.
Talking to the Indian news website Newslaundry, Matiullah said, “My dismissal is related to the economic crisis, but it is like political atrocities in which the army has targeted some journalists, and in the press conference we have given the wrong person a copy.
Emraan Government surrounded by criticism:
Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas, who is associated with the Geo News Group, says that the journalism world is divided between the restrictions on competing for news channels, which are seen as beneficial, self-censorship, weak employee union and employees on contract. The reason for financial instability is made. This economic crisis is attributed to the lack of government advertisements and the changing nature of the media.
The All Pakistan Newspaper Society says that after coming to power in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the number of government advertisements coming from the federal and provincial governments has fallen drastically. This has had a serious impact on regional and small newspapers. The government has said on the cut in jobs, that it will pay the amount to the media soon. The Pakistan Newspaper Editor’s Council welcomed the government’s decision, saying that ‘untimely’ employees are facing ‘the impact of economic instability’ due to non-payment. Some social media users believe that news anchors are being employed due to the economic downturn and lower TV ratings. At the same time, some believe that the government should blame for this.
Commentator Shama Junejo asks, “Why is this economic crisis aiming to target journalists of the same type?” He tweeted, “Honestly, it is a bad time that compared to General Zia ul Haq’s martial law The time is better. “
Issues related to censorship continue:
At the beginning of this year, media outlets like moderate-leaning media outlets such as Geo TV and Don Newspapers had to report the news of the politically influential army and the news of supporting Nawaz Sharif’s party. Government and army refuse to impose any kind of censorship on the media. But analysts believe that some special voices are being targeted during the current government.
When senior journalist Cyril Almeida associated with Dawn newspaper was asked to appear in the case of rivalry on Nawaz Sharif, his weekly article was not published for a few days. Commenter Umbar Khairi wrote in The News on the issue of Cyril Almeida on September 30, “The PTI government has clarified what it holds opinions about journalists who dare to criticize their party and their leader.”
Media Censorship in Imran Government:
On October 2, the editorial of the Dawn newspaper was written, “There is huge pressure on the number of government institutions in the name of many media institutions and due to this pressure, now self-censorship has become a normal thing.” In the last September, when Imran Khan traveled to Peshawar for the first time after becoming the Prime Minister, many local journalists were not allowed to do this tour related news.
Explaining the current situation, Mohammad Riyaz, former managing director of the official news agency APP, said, “This is the first step towards controlling the media in Pakistan”. Government agencies want to change the regulation of the media by making Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority so that electronic, print and social media can be monitored. Institutions representing media institutions believe that this increases government control at different levels.
Pramod Parmar is a Computer Engineer and a Post Graduate in MBA (Marketing). I am currently working as a Senior Research Consultant (ICT domain) for Acute Market Reports Ltd. As a Senior Research Consultant, I focus on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in Communications, Electronics and Semiconductors industry (Qualitative and Quantitative). It is my responsibility to aid associates in forecasting market trends and formulate industry and market strategies. My job responsibilities also require talking to the Market and Business leaders worldwide and understanding their business. I analyze data and come up with key findings pertaining to the chosen area of market study.