Guerilla journalism

Report by: Shiraz Paracha

I would like to share with Indus Asia Online readers a journalistic effort that is 15 years old and yet people are watching it. Between 1994 and 1996, I presented a TV show in Peshawar, Pakistan. Till date no one, in Pakistan, has tried a journalistic adventure like it on TV again. I would take government ministers, even the chief minister (equal to state governor in the USA) unannounced to trouble spots and in the middle of people/ action without any security. I would like to share with you one program where we caught on camera corrupt and fake police officials taking bribes. The minister Qamar Abass and I went secretly to a police post along with TV camera and a team of journalists. The rest you can see in the program ‘Awami Jirga’ the language of the program is Pashto and it is in three parts on YouTube even after 15 years. Incredible!

Present day Pakistani TV news and current affair programs are anything but journalism. Qamar Abbas (my buddy and best friend) was killed in 2007. People like him don’t live long! Please follow the links below. You may also find other episodes of the series.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cmZ-A5b7FE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoVKjUpi0q4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDHQQyHxTMA&feature=related


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