Paki Media – Going Extreme

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Alright now, it seems the paki media hasn’t matured yet and they seem not to be able to swallow the independence the government has given to them. I was watching the program “Criminals Most Wanted” on ARY ONE WORLD a day back and few scenes from the program were shocking. So much so that my young nephew started crying and my mom gave me a good bit of a lecture. Had it been a horror movie it would have been a different case but on TV and that too a paki TV channel with everyone knowing the mind set of our people it seemed too extreme.

A man who had murdered his wife & his 6 months old daughter was confessing his crime in front of the camera. Well the moment of shock was when the anchor person started asking the details of the slaughter the man did. It was so shocking to hear such horrible sentences on TV, detailing every thing that person did. And what’s more? The channel apparently recreated the scenes with a woman on the floor bubbling in pain and the man using his knife on her throat. The knife and the throat were hidden behind the man’s legs but it’s bad that our media has gone to such an extent. When GEO showed the scenes of Nishtar Park many people raised their voices and concern about the way media has started to go out of the way. At that time it was normal. Western media takes special care in the way they show any program on their TV. CNN & BBC are such a great example. They if needed show things in a way that is not too extreme for few and not too fake also. The forensic detective series by the Discovery Channel is such an example. They also take care about such things in movies. Our media people, it seems need to learn to handle the media. I wonder what’s next by GEO or ARY in a quest for supremacy.

18 Comments so far

  1. IllusionFS (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    GEO has no respect of the Geneva Convention. They also showed the head of the suicide bomber which killed the Shiite leader last week. They are sick..


  2. YO YO (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:05 am

    Its sick but…but sadly this would be loved by many non family viewers.


  3. Faraz (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:10 am

    They shouldn’t show very graphic stuff like blown up heads but I don’t think every show is meant for family viewing.

    Plus we’re not really that sensitive of a community to begin with (Daniel Pearl).


  4. alam (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:41 am

    Faraz,

    And Daniel Pearl was killed by thousands of ppl in Nishtar Park, out in public?

    He was killed by loonies, trained by Pak army to kill Hindus.


  5. jamash (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 1:36 am

    All over the world, Journalists Follow a code of conduct, by which they don’t show any thing which can create panic in public. Blown up head, and nashtar park’s footage of bodies, both were explicate and horrifying scenes which are just the kind of footage journalists avoid to show.

    As far as channels are concerned a Tv channel was daring people to eat soil in a road show I saw a few days back, and they even found a person was dumb enough to eat soil for the show and the 500 they offered, maybe next time they will make someone drink a bottle of insecticide.

    On the same channel in a different program the host after taking an interview with Rabia Zubairy (Founder of Karachi School of art KSA), laid on the front yard and closed the Program with the following sentence “see what the students of KSA have done to me !”. The whole KSA has not been able to solve the misery behind this sentence till today.


  6. wasiq (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 2:19 am

    Oh my GOD! MB is back…..i was about to go and look for..as somebody told me MB can be found NO WHERE……!


  7. Original-Anon (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 3:11 am

    Are you sure the show was called “Criminal’s Most Wanted” ?


  8. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 8:14 am

    Welcome back MB. I hope every thing is okay at your end.

    Please do not take my criticsm seriously as I like you as a person. You always stood behind your words(we might disagree with them). You never ran away after harsh comments by few posters and I really admire that. keep hanging kid.


  9. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    I haven’t watched this episode but another one. A man and his sister-in law was confessing infront of camera for their Illicit affairs and the murder of his brother. No blurred faces! just the woman was having viel but her year old baby was shown to every one.

    Isn’t this human rights violation?


  10. Saad (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 2:22 am

    It is sad to see Geo, a once reputed good TV station, trying its best to copy star and Fox. Thanks for bringing trash tv to Pakistan Geo.
    It is true, we need better enforcement of journalistic code of conduct. Even plain ethics dictate that you dont show such stuff openly but Geo is feeding a voyeuristic audience who loves sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong. I heard they even showed people dieing live on tv after earthquake. Granted it was their first time covering an event like that, it was hoped that they would have learned something from it.


  11. MB (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    Its very sad that those who are suppose to play a very important role in society for its betterment are fast leaving code of conduct behind in their game of supremacy. I don’t know if there is any way to reach them and let them know about their mistake.

    GEO specially, has gone a little too far i think. The program which one of the friends up there mentioned was too much for the audience. Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain was asking so much of the details, at one point it looked as if he is enjoying it like a horror flick. It’s too much now. The media definitely needs to know its limits before it becomes a trend.


  12. mansoor (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

    wb mb :D


  13. Extiinct (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 11:39 am

    http://www.dawn.com/2006/07/21/top15.htm

    I guess the government woke up in this particular issue even if the tv channels didn’t.


  14. Tamseel (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    a while back i remeber GEO showed the live killing of a journalist in iraq and i found it totally horrifying. even though they showed it with a disclaimer that u might see in the next few minutes might not be suitable for viewing for small children, but i felt that this kind of graphic violence is not suitable viewing for any human.


  15. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

    I remember GEO Showing some leaked footage of Saddam’s regime in which he blasted three man to death by explosives tied to their bodies.

    GEO cleary showed live man turning to ashes. That was horrible.


  16. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 12:42 am

    all this showing doesnot help in revealing the culprits or knowing the truth..it simply kills the nations emotions and kids who watch all this nowadays are no more afraid of blood or bombs or murders..they think its all fun !! very disappointing !!


  17. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    yea and eventually the end up becoming suicide bombers because they think its all fun


  18. MB (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 5:58 pm

    I don’t agree with Sami that they think its for fun but that is very right they take it less seriously then it used to be by their parents or elders.

    Moreover it gives an impression of bloodshed all around creating a disappointing and frustrating side of life, thus shadowing the beautiful things in life. Reality needs to be presented in a proper way and not in such a cruel way. Every kid now has access to different channels. Such pictures make then more violent, specially if they see them without any guidance.



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