Approaching the Crunch
So I’m surfing through all the channels, looking for Geo News which I am obviously unable to find, since the transmission has been blocked. The running text on Geo Super confirms my suspicions, since it says that “The Government has blocked the transmission of Geo News in various parts of Pakistan.” So much for pointing out the obvious. Geo Super also provides three phone numbers to be contacted on in case viewers are unable to view Geo News in their area. 021 227-1275, 77-78.
Meanwhile, TVOne is broadcasting PM Shaukat Aziz’s statement in which he says two things, one being that the media is completely independent of the government, and also that the government will take strict judicial action against media channels that will go against PEMRA’s decision. Is the man making sense to anyone here? Definitely not to me.
In order for the media to be completely independent of the government, PEMRA needs to declare its impartiality towards the whims of the running government at all times. I can’t possibly imagine the next ruling party of the country to be any more tolerant of criticism than this is. So where does it end?
I guess it will pretty much boil down to the printed press and the electronic media, because the day the major media channels will protest censorship, who will be left to cover them? We will.