Vigil at Geo

IMG00186.jpgThe candle light vigil which was announced at Geo offices in Karachi to basically condemn the shutting down of the two popular media channels was truly amazing. The vigil itself started off at around 7pm but I am told the crowd was present there well before the specified time, when I reached there it was truly an amazing sight in the entire lane you could only see candles lit with quite a few heavy speakers blarring the signature Geo song Jeenay Do.

There were approximately well over 1500 people present most honding some sort of placard denocning the martial law but practiclaly everyone had a candle and sang the song Jeenay Do. There were a number of large TV screens showing the live feed from Geo which was being streamed via the internet. The best part of the vigil was when the Geo Musharraf-lookalike took to the stage and had some fun with the crowd with some unique imitations of the dictator. It was good to see people coming out to raise their voice against the censorship of the media.

I am sure many of the readers here may not be in approval with GEO and its attitude of sensationalization but despite all the short comings its important still to have a free media, thats my personal opinion and many may disagree.

68 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

    Former KMB blogger Huma Imtiaz was also arrested yesterday.


    ournalists arrested from KPC released (Posted at 0500)
    KARACHI: All the journalists arrested from Karachi Press Club have been released after Governor Isharatul Ibad Khan ordered their release on Tuesday night.

    According to Press Secretary to Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad, the Sindh Governor issued orders for the release of journalists.

    Earlier today in the afternoon, police baton charged journalists protesting against ban on Geo Television Network and curbs on media outside the Karachi Press Club and arrested over 200 of them including five ladies journalists.

    According to reports the representatives of media were going to the Governor House to talk with the authorities when police stopped them. Thereupon, the journalists staged a sit-in protest, but the police starting to arrest them. Chasing the journalists’ policemen entered in Karachi Press Club premises and started baton charge over the newsmen in the club wounding several of them.

    Those arrested by the police included Geo News journalists Afzal Nadeem Doggar, Abdul Rahman, Tariq Abul Hassan, Tariq Moin, Fahim Siddiqui, Raja Kamran, Najeeb Ahmed, Akhtar Minhas, Faisal Shakeel, Waseem Ahmed, Faisal Aziz, Ghulam Mustafa, Nizam Siddiqui, Mujeed-ur-Rahman, Musa Kaleem, Raja Tariq, Fayyaz Mangi, Ovais Tohid, Muhammad Nazeer, Yaqub Haroon, Dodo Chandio, Asif Mehmood, Akhdar Awan, Ahmed Khan, Qazi Hassan, Naseem Rajpur, Junaid Mumtaz Awan, Amir Ahmed Khan, Shoaib Ahmed, Shoaib Khan Baloch, Javed Mehmend, Muhammad Nazeer, Faizan, Tanveer, Irfan-ul-Haq, Zarrar Khan, Mehboob Akhtar Rind, Bilquis Jehan, Shakeel Salawat, Lalarukh, President Karachi Press Club Sabeehuddin Ghausi, Secretary Imtiaz Faran, President KUJ Shamim-ur-Rahman, treasurer Amir Latif, A.H. Khanzada, Shakeel Khan, Arbab Chandio, Raza Hassan, Arif Kazmi, Hassan Rana, Muhammad Suleman, Khawar Khan, Nawab Ali Shah, Asif Alam, Liaquat Mughal, Shams Imran, Kashif Hussain, Asghar Umar, Ali Shah, Imtiaz Chandio, Zulfiqar Sanwal Shaikh, Yousuf Khan, Mukarram Kaleem, Huma Imtiaz, Faizan Lakhani, Idris Bakhtiar and other leaders of Karachi journalists.

  2. king_faisal (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

    zee, well said.

    the most popular newspaper in the uk, the sun, publishes a picture of topless women daily on page 3. in the u.s. the most popular news channel, fox news, overtly promotes a partisan agenda and shamelessly demonises arabs and muslims. question to ponder for us is that is it in the interest of pak to have our media go down the path taken by western media or is it better for us if our media remains unbiased and upholds the highest standards of journalism?

    media credibility is very, very important because when media exposes real corruption and abuse in the society, its in the interest of the country to have such reports be taken seriously. otoh, if media hurls unsubstantiated allegations to score political points, then media loses its power and the society loses one of the most effective tools available to check abuse by powerful people. moreover good people will never want to associate with the government if media makes wild allegations against govt officials without proof. media must be made to pay if it can be proven that it acted with malicious intent.

    in its early days, u.s. media played a very strong role in bringing about positive change. journalist like walter cronkite were held in the highest possible esteem and trust by american people. sadly instead of learning from the best examples of american journalism, our media has turned itself on cheap imitation of fox news.

  3. wasiq (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 9:47 am

    @FAS (Heart patients Association of Pakistan)…

    Diloun kay rishtey aasmaano main nahein hotey ….you have to have a heart….not necessarily with a heartburn….


  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 10:10 am

    I have got no sympathy for her if she got injured because she was protesting.

    I might not agree with Urooj’s Ideology but this doesn’t mean I would like to see a lady get beaten just because I don’t accept her ideology and belief.

    I am sure you belong to class of men who are used to beat their wives and even kill them in the name of Honor Killing. Thanks for showing class you retard!

    On other hand, comparing a moronic dictator with a Prophet is only the class of future Musharraf Remnants. zia’s supporters used to do same in past. As I say, you pro mush morons are not less pathetic than pro Zias

  5. TURAB (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    adnan tujhe kisi karwat chain nahien aeyga samjha kya?

  6. OpenEyes (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 1:33 pm


    Mush and its supporters are defending NAPAK Army, Dictatorship’s Jungle rule.

    All of those should left pakistan immediately in the best interest of this country and Pakistani Nation.

    Please… Please… go to hell MUSH & MQM.

    Geo news is testing on following frequancy. Now
    uplinking from UK. Those how have dish can now watch Geo News on PAS10 at 68.5 degree east

    Frequancy 4154
    SR 4410
    Polarity H
    FEC 3/4

  7. Sarah Ibrahim (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    it’s ok for media to show the reality but this freedom does not mean that these channels should start showing disturbing things like people dying or blood shreding everywhere just to increase viewers and their ratings.

  8. Naveen Arif (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    Media is known as the fastest form of information, it not only creates awareness but at times it spreads fear. The closure of a certain channel does not prove that people can be kept away from reality . Every media channel should be given boundry lines to follow by the government in accordance to certain situations that create fear and chaos. At the same time media should realise where to draw a line between what needs to be revealed and concealed. Apparently, both ends seems to be at fault, Geo should consider the fact that by disclosing visuals of mutliated bodies and severly injured people, they’re not being informative but are chanelling fear and disruption in the hearts of the people. Not only that , but by creating a hype about different incidents they are keeping the people from developing the nation and a certain percentage of the citizens of the country decide to migrate in order to avoid further confrontation.However, the media is not to be solely blamed for this , the government has an equal share in this promotion of hype and drama. The government should set up guidelines for every media news channel to keep a balance between information that is to be disclosed or not. But the fact of the matter is , that by shutting down the channel they cannot keep the reality hidden from the society because in the long run this secerecy might lead to further chaos. Therefore, a set of rules for each news channel should be standardised as to the level of information needed to be revealed , also a certain level of hype to be created and avoidance of unneccesary information. It is not fair for the people to be kept away for the surrounding situation. They deserve to know the truth!…

  9. Fiza Afzal (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    a very vague attempt as to keep people away from reality. shutting down Geo will not change the reality of chaos that has been taking place. people need to know their surroundings situations in order to find solutions for them. avoiding it or putting it in the back shelf will not resolve it. it’ll just help collect more dust.

  10. Naveen Arif (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    A better solution could have been thought of. One can not suppress the freedom of speech, eventually it does voice out.
    whats weird though, is that my friends abroad keep asking about how things are down here. the image that our media has potraited of us as a nation is that of a complete civil breakdown. some what like that which had once taken place in Sarajevo.
    this is the result of mixing reality with drama. but apparently, for us, living in pakistan, this breakdown is not so apparent. things are moving on an everyday schedule.

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

    Turab, bilkul “Chota” Altaf bhai lag rahay ho. typical “Bhai Log” Lingo ;)

  12. Saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

    Until 1990s most of the news we got was through PTV and it said all positive things about the government and the country……Did we make any remarkable progress in science, education, Arts becuse of the positive reporting? Did the crime rate went down? Were there any less police actions against the innocent citizens? Did people stop migrating, especially the educated middle class? Were we proud of our country and its rulers after listening to all the positive things….as you call it (THE FOX NEWS STYLE)? Did you never turn on your radio for BBC and VOA coverage? Did your heart bleed as badly for the victims of bombing then, as it does now when you see the misery?

    Western Media shows the hunger and disease ridden Africa …Did anyone ever say that their little children are traumatised by the scenes?….both depicts the apathy and cruelness of human beings…..Is it a better site than the bullet riddled and blown up bodies in Pakistan?
    you believe in raising a generation of kids who only listen about the bombing but would never know its impact on real people. Your kids can play violent video games and can kill aliens and vampires on screen without knowing what real death is all about? You really think that the disturbing images will traumatise them…?and still believe in telling them the story of KARBALA (full of torture, death, misery but a lot of fearlessness) in detail every year during Muharrum…or HAVE WE STOPPED TELLING SUCH TALES OF COURAGE TO OUR CHILDREN?

    I am baffled at the absurdity of some arguments…..seriously have we really become such a hypocritical lot that we can’t denounce a dictator’s wrong action becuase it suits my interests? or Are some people making such comments because it is their idea of fun?

  13. Saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

    Corrections: …

    Crime rate ‘go’
    suits ‘our’

  14. Pkhan (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 12:38 am

    @ Saima Nasir,,,,,Wah wah On your comments about repeating the story of KARBALA? Are you referring this to Illitrate Jehadi’s who are killing their own Muslim Fellows? As far as HYPOCRITICAL argument EVERY one’s opinion can be different from one another that does not mean to get upset or crioticize their arguments and Please DO NOT compare WEST Media with a Illitrate Nations MEDIA.Illitrate people will need 100 more years to catch up with Western Media.

  15. Saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 5:50 am


    Kindly read my post again! please! Your comment on my post doesn’t even come close to the ‘context’ in which I mentioned ‘Karbala’. I asked if we have stop telling the details of Karbala to our children as it is full of blood, murder and torture….as some people on the forum think that such scenes and news covered by media are the cause of indigestion, heart disease and emotional trauma among children and adults of the country.
    Do you get it now, Sir?

  16. wasiq (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 9:20 am

    pakistan main paisey waley ki koie izzat nahein aur agar yeah pata chal jai kay aap dubai sey ho toh allah he hafiz…..anyways its good to know that ARY is back again from……? Geo may or may not depending on the results of the dubai primary….no surprises are expected both in the head-count and the money-count….what they were really hoping for was the power to decide the successor to the guardian of the exchequer….you know the **foregin investor confidence syndrome**

    I’m lov’in it! ta ta ta ta ta

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 10:03 am

    Illitrate people will need 100 more years to catch up with Western Media.

    Quite right. As long as illetrate mentality exist in Pakistan who has been favoring Musharraf for fascism, we can’t progress at all.

  18. iqbal (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    is mulk ko fuji ameriat sa nijat delanay or her shoba e zandaghi ma azadi hasil karna ka lia tmam political parties ko election ka bycoot karna ho go

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