Pathetic Plight of Media in Pakistan
By Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam
21 May 2014
War within media is on rise in Pakistan. It seems that the continued conflicts among the national media outlets will come out with flying colours. Because the way they are strengthening themselves against each other is an isolated and unusual phenomenon. At a time when they were in their initial stages of progress, they got into inevitable trouble.
We could give it a pass if it was just a matter of a particular media organisation, but it is rather related to the collective vision of Pakistani media. Unfortunately, we have no holistic view of the matter as yet, because the foreign elements continue to exert full power and influence on our media. As for the argument that the Pakistani media outlets are engrossed in an intense business rivalry feeding this turbulent situation, I don’t think this is an isolated incident in Pakistan. A healthy competition among media to vie with each other in excellence and better performance can be found in any part of the world, but what I haven’t seen anywhere else is media’s fierce fighting to the extent of eliminating each other in Pakistan.
Regrettably, our perception of rivalry is that we can only conquer our rivals when we completely eliminate them from the world. This attitude is shown in all our disputes and controversies, be they social, political, religious or sectarian. We are always on the lookout for an exclusivist and totalitarian conquest.
Without delving deeper into the issue, one can easily see that the Pakistani media miserably failed to meet the expectations of the people. Most media outlets in Pakistan are still far away from basic news values like freedom of projection, impartiality, fairness and objectivity. They are steeped in greed and bias so deeply that that they are reluctant to move forward. Given the present state of affairs, we have to foresee what is going to happen next.