by Manzoor Chandio, Karachi, Sindh
I’m writing this with reference to many postings on these lists and some JSQM men’s talk with me…JSQM leaders are angry on English and Urdu media’s coverage of their rally in Karachi. Some Awami Tehrik activists are also worried about the press coverage of their long march reaching Karachi soon.
JSQM men asked me: Why English and Urdu media did not cover the event?Simply, because some old-style journalists think that JSQM is a separatist party. Therefore, it should be treated as an ‘anti-Pakistan’ party !!!
On which JSQM men said: “There’re separatists in UK, Canada, and several others countries across the world. Not only Irish Republican Army’s news are published on front pages of UK papers but also their leader Jerry Adams is interviewed and the same are published with his photos”…Canadian newspapers give proper coverage to Quebec separatists…So the Spanish newspapers do about Basque…Several other countries do not portray separatists in negative…
But here in Pakistan…it is problem to portray ‘freedom-seekers’ on merit…Editors of English and Urdu newspapers think that their spaces are ‘sacred’ and the same should be used for Pakistan’s integrity.
Some of the JSQM men even asked me: should they meet editors and news directors in Karachi? I advised them that it’s better to write letters to them…Because mostly editors and news directors avoid meeting with leaders of political parties (personal friendships are exceptions).
I also advise all Sindhis living in foreign countries to write decent letters to editors and news directors, instead of condemning English and Urdu press. Give examples of separatists’ coverage in your countries…If possible send them some specimen for their concept clearance.
Courtesy: Manzoor Chandio and Sindhi e-lists.