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Pakistani journalists threatened after covering killings

New York, June 10, 2011–Two Pakistani journalists who captured images of apparent military violence against unarmed foreigners and a local man are being threatened, their colleagues told CPJ. The threats have come amid calls from high-ranking Pakistani military leaders to quell public criticism of their policies, made at a Thursday meeting of top level commanders.

According to Pakistani journalists, Abdul Salam Soomro of the Sindhi-language television station Awaz has received anonymous death threats after his footage of an apparently unarmed teenage boy being killed by paramilitary troops in Karachi was shown nationally. Public protests and criticism from political leaders forced President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday to order an investigation into the killing, according to The New York Times.

A Quetta-based freelance photojournalist, Jamal Tarakey, photographed members of the army-organized Frontier Constabulary shooting five unarmed foreigners in Quetta on May 17. ….

Read more: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Rangers shooting: Lust for blood

by Maheen Usmani

The video of Sarfaraz Shah’s last traumatic moments imploded on to cyber space with some enthusiasm and a profusion of expletives. Messages like “check kar yeh video” (check out this video), “here’s the full video, yaar,”  “sharing the HD version,” “uncut footage” and “exclusive video” pepper the Facebook newsfeed. Bloodied and battered thumbnails accompany the excited posts. Lust for blood, it seems, is not exclusive to criminals.

Slowly, steadily and grimly, Sarfaraz Shah’s life was extinguished on tape. His blood was squeezed out drop by drop, fanning out in a wider and wider crimson circle around his wiry frame, as he lay on the ground beseeching for help:

Haspataal puhancha day yar, mujhay haspataal to puhancha day!’’ (Take me to hospital, my friend, please take me to hospital!)

How ironic that Sarfaraz was begging for help from the same people who had looked him in the eye and shot him at point blank range moments ago. The very same “law enforcers” in the garb of Rangers who have been deputed to safeguard Karachi and it’s besieged people. As Sarfaraz lay face down in a pool of his own blood, the footage showed a few pair of boots ambling past him. …

Read more: The Express Tribune

A Sindhi cameraman of AWAAZ TV, who recorded TV FOOTAGE of the killing of unarmed youngster by Rangers in Karachi, has been receiving threatening calls

KARACHI: A cameraman who recorded the shooting to death of an unarmed youngster by Rangers personnel received threats on Thursday from unknown callers, according to the organisation he works for and media houses and journalist bodies.

The cameraman of Awaz TV, a Sindhi news and entertainment channel, started receiving threatening calls on Thursday morning after the footage he had recorded was broadcast by almost all news channels. …

Read more: DAWN

PEMRA issues notices to 4 TV channels for provoking anti-national sentiments

ISLAMABAD, Jun 3 (APP): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Friday issued notices to Geo News, Dawn News, News One and Dunya News for being irresponsible and provoking anti-national sentiments among viewers by sensitizing events unnecessarily. According to a PEMRA press release, some of the talk shows and programmes of these channels were observed in violation of Section 20 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 read with Rule 15 of PEMRA Rules 2009 and clause (1) (d) (g) (h) of Code of Conduct set out in the Schedule-B of PEMRA Rules 2009.

After the PNS Mehran tragedy, it was being observed that some news channels were not realizing their journalistic responsibility and ethics towards society, institutions and country. Some news channels even went overboard in maligning role of security agencies, armed forces and state institutions.

For instance, Geo News televised interview of an alleged eye witness of PNS Mehran attack and created undue sensation and hype

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Press: In chains of another kind

by Waseem Altaf

Excerpt:

Two great champions of Islam with prominent beards, …, received Rs. 0.3 and Rs. 3.3 million each. In vernacular terminology, all the maal-e haram was received as maal-e-halal.

The yaum-e-shuhada ceremony held at GHQ has been consistently aired on various TV channels to reinvigorate those special feelings of the ordinary people towards the special khakis, with …. dedicating everything she has got to the shaheeds in general and ghazis in particular. On 9th May 2011, a quarter page advertisement in color appeared on the front page of daily “Jang” on behalf of veteran politician Haji …., currently running a Qabza group in Rawalpindi, and Islamabad. The ad read that all those ridiculing the army and the ISI were following the agenda of the enemies of Pakistan. The ad contained basic mistakes but had cost millions.

On 11th May 2011 a rally was organized in front of the parliament in Islamabad in support of the army and the ISI in which some children from government schools and a few workers of Capital Development Authority(CDA) carried placards and raised slogans in favor of the army and the ISI. The rally began at a time when Mian Nawaz Sharif was about to announce his party’s stand on the Abbotabad incident and ended when Nawaz Sharif ended his press conference. Interestingly the children did not know why they were brought to the venue and the leader of the rally a labor leader of CDA ….  said that he himself arranged the rally. Some of the slogans written on the placards were” We love ISI” “Pak army zindabad” and “ISI zindabad”

…, Haji … and children of a model school chanting slogans in support of ISI would definitely raise the morale of our premier intelligence outfit.

Who paid for the costly ad and who arranged the rally is not difficult to understand.

In conclusion, the chains of repression referred to by Zamir Niazi are no more there yet the invisible ones targeting human weaknesses, stronger and more addictive have come all the way to enslave a large part of our media.

It also appears that today, armor and infantry, artillery and air defense, radars and aircraft are no more relevant as the external threat appears irrelevant to our security establishment.

Media management and manipulation, TV channels and FM stations ceremonies and rallies, eavesdropping equipment, lobbying and campaigning, psyops and propaganda comprise the new hardware and software quite relevant to our valiant armed forces for countering an internal as well as the external threat.

To read complete article : ViewPoint

Al-Qaeda Leader Abu-Yazid’s interview

Al-Qa’ida Leader Abu-Yazid Interviewed by Pakistan’s Geo News TV Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid http://triceratops.brynmawr.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10066/4641/MAY2008072… in Afghanistan Corrected version: replacing entire text; Text of interview with Al-Qa’ida leader Mustafa Abu-Yazid a.k.a. Shaykh Sa’id by senior Geo News TV correspondent Najeeb Ahmed at “unknown” location in Afghanistan; taken from the regularly scheduled “Today with Kamran Khan” program; date not given. July 22, 2008 (Correspondent Najeeb Ahmed) I seek refuge in God from Devil the cursed. In the name of God, the most merciful, the most beneficent. The central Al-Qa’ida leader is giving an exclusive interview to Geo at an unknown location. First of all, let me introduce you to Shaykh Sa’id. His full name is Mustafa Abu-Yazid. He is commonly known by the name of Shaykh Sa’id. He belongs to Egypt’s eastern province. (words as heard) He was born in 1955. He has two wives and 14 children. Previously, he was affiliated with the (? Egyptian Jihad party). He was arrested in Anwar al-Sadat murder case in Egypt in 1981. He was released in 1982. In 1988, he joined the Afghan jihad and also in 1988 played role in the formation of Al-Qa’ida. In Al-Qa’ida, he handled the responsibilities of monitory and administrative affairs and public relations and served as an advisory council member. At present, he is the amir (commander) of Khorasan and Afghanistan under Mullah Omar. … The language of the program is urdu (Hindi).

Courtesy: Geo TV (Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Saath) – You Tube

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US Government Report on Pakistani Press

2010 Human Rights Report: Pakistan – Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/sca/154485.htm

Courtesy: ARY NEWSYou Tube

Watch with caution, the language is very strong, adult and sexual (Nudity)

Warning: graphic content.

Place: Punjab, Pakistan, News Team: Geo TV Pakistan. Issue: a woman’s sister & brother have been locked on fake charges, the woman goes to the cops and they pull off her shalwar (pajamas) and tell one another to f**k her in the a**s because she is a prostitute. The Geo TV news team arrives after neighbours call the TV station and Geo TV team caught the Punjab Police culprits red handed. It is not confirm yet that if GEO telecast this video or not.

Source – You Tube

Circus called talk shows

by Mazhar Arif

News reports indicate arrest of Raymond Davis provided an opportunity to the ISI to renegotiate its ‘terms of engagement’ with the CIA. But, ‘independent’ TV channels and Jamaat-e-Islami groomed anchor persons were furious over the elected governments, both federal and provincial, for ‘handing over’ Raymond Davis to Washington …

Read more : View Point

Would GEO and Express TV disclose how much money they get from Americans?

By Farrukh Siddiqui
Editor, State of Pakistan blog
One of the objectives of Kerry-Lugar aid bill for aid to Pakistan is to “support for promotion of a responsible, capable,and independent media.”
According to this RT TV broadcast of March 10, 2010, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UQCki_nC9c ,  the US government planned to spend $50 million on this objective. According to another report  dated Feb. 27, 2010 by the examiner , “the Obama administration plans to spend nearly $50 million on Pakistani media this year to reverse anti-American sentiments and raise awareness of projects aimed at improving quality of life, confirms a Washington insider. “
The history of collaboration between the agencies of the US government and some “ independent “ Pakistani media organizations is old. But more recently it was GEO TV that went public with jointly produced programs with Voice of America.
The following press release  dated Nov. 13, 2005 ( http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/pakistan/h05111301.html) of the US Embassy in Islmamabad is self-explanatory:
VOA Launches Urdu TV For Pakistan

11/13/2005 Washington, D.C. – The Voice of America (VOA) will launch Beyond the Headlines-its new television program in Urdu-on Monday, Nov. 14. The half-hour program will air on GEO TV in Pakistan at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on selected international satellites, including AsiaSat (Virtual Channel 409) and IOR (Virtual Channel 420). …..

Read more : http://www.yousufnazar.com/?p=1219

Meet with Dr. Karim Rajpar and Fayaz Naich of SindhTV in Washington

Washington : Dr. Karim Rajpar and Fayaz Naich of SindhTV are currently visiting USA. Washington Sindhis would like to take an advantage of their presence to hear from them the real-time take on political situation in Sindh and Pakistan.

Washington Sindhis look forward to a very serious discourse on most pressing issues confronted by our kith and kin. SindhTV has consistently taken moral stand on vital social and political issues of our times from its inception.

Washington Sindhis will meet at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 1910 Holly Ridge Drive, # T2 in McLean, Virginia.

The attitude of so called National Electronic media towards the people of Sindh!?!?

“Motherland in Distress

By Dr. Ahmed H. Makhdoom, Singapore

Districts of Jacobabad (my own District), Kashmore and Shikarpur have been devastated by the Flood. About 800,000 peoples have been displaced so far. One Teluka/ Tehsil Headquarters in Thull of Dist Jacobabad has also been flooded. Karampur, Darri and Deenpur have been Flooded. Now even Jacobabad city is under threat along with my own village, Sheranpur, which is more than 100 km away from Indus. Thousands are trapped in inundated towns and villages but not yet rescued even after four days. All Roads which are safe so far and District Headquarters are flooded and are full with influx of displaced peoples.

In spite of such a worse condition, and worsening hour by hour, day by day, none of our so called “ National Electronic Media,”, have covered them! Only Sindhi News Channels are covering it. You can imagine the severity of the conditions that only the Sindhi media is showing, Flood devastation, 24 hrs , no other news. Whereas, so called electronic media is stuck up in Shoe matters, criticising each other and frivolous and unnecessary blabbering of so- called national TV Channels. No NGOs are even seen in the field!

This is the state of affairs in just three Districts of Sindh which is still worsening. This water still has to move further to Larkana, Khairpur, etc upto  Ocean.

Is Sindh the part of Pakistan or neighbor  country. Behavior of so called national media with the people of Sindh is questionable when they are devastated by the flood. Instead of covering flood victims in Sindh, they are doing their own politics by sitting in the studios. Does this attitude of so called national media need any further comments?

The frustration and disappointment can easily be seen written on the faces of Sindhis. Just imagine the villages of the Federal Ministers, the Members of Parliament and Assemblies, the Landlords, the Zameendars, the Paathaareedars, the Leaders, are inundated with floods. But, who cares! They sit with bottles of Johnny Walker open in their lush, lavish, comfortable palatial houses in Islamabad or Karachi, with Heera Mandi girls serving their every wish!

And, then the stupid, selfish, self-serving Sindhi leaders, so-called ‘nationalists,’ the Peeplas and other scavenging pathaareedars will say: “Don’t criticise us!” Criticise the Sindhis in Diaspora!”

I, too have, criticised the Sindhi Diaspora in the past, and continue doing so! But, to say that they have “Done Nothing,” is going a little too far! May be they need to do more! Yes, they must! But, we must also ‘give credit where credit is due.’ We should also praise, acknowledge and commend their distinguished and deserving efforts in providing scholarships to the Sindhi students, holding free Medical camps throughout Sindh, providing Water pumps to the needy villages in Sindh, helping the poor, destitute and putthheeya ughhaarro (shirtless) Sindhis in Sindh! Voicing the concerns against human rights violations in Sindh at various International Forums, pressurising the World community to do something for the wretched, terrorised, tormented and tortured people of Sindh and many, many more!

And, there are many in the Diaspora, who have been, one way or another, feeding the hungry, clothing the shirtless, shielding the shelter-less, providing Education for a little Niyaannee, books for a Sindhi mbachrro, and many more, all from their own pockets. But, they do not go around BLOWING THEIR OWN TRUMPET as so-called Sindhi leaders, politicians, paathaareedars do!

Even Islam says: ”You give from one hand, in such a way that the other hand shall not see!” And, many in the Diaspora are doing this without asking for anything in return – in kind or favours! They don’t even want ‘a pat on the back.’ They consider this service as their moral, ethical, virtuous, honourable, proper and principled duty towards their motherland,

Yes, Sir, muhnja Saaeen, give credit where credit is due! Diaspora has done their bit! May be, it is time, that they do a little more in the emergency situation and, therefore, I appeal all the worthy Diaspora organisations to STAND UP and BE COUNTED! Motherland in distress.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, August 12, 2010