Channel Blockage – Motives and Objectives

Today, late in the evening, the distribution of AAJ, GEo and ARY news channels was suspended one by one from certain cable operators in Karachi.

Gradually news started spreading and the general impression that went out was that PEMRA was taking action against these cable operators, in order to disallow the residents of Karachi, any information pertinent to the Chief Justice’s Rally in Lahore.

Amidst this drama, lets just analyze certain key facts and search for possible motives behind this.

The Government’s Power: No matter what we say about the loosening of the Generals grip over the affairs of the country, the Government still remains the Government. If the Government seriously wanted to block these channels, it would have taken 3 officials, visiting each of these channels, and asking the transmission to be suspended.

Streets of Lahore: At approximately 7 pm, I spoke to a friend in Lahore, who was driving through the Main boulevard area etc, and reported that everthing was perfectly normal. There were no signs of violence or even an extra ordinary police presence.

The Media:
Initially, ARY and AAJ did not even know. Later, as they started learning, their reaction was hardly noticed. Its only since about 8 pm that they have taken this seriously. Before all this even became public, GEO was harping about this issue, and in its very usual style, was crying, invoking the Gods of journalism to step in.

By the looks of it (and after a discussion with a few “connected” people) the only conclusion I can reach is that the Government (or even MQM, as is allegedly being reported now, even though the initial statement was the PEMRA asked for the channels to be blocked) has nothing to gain from this.

When the Chief Justice issue was current, it was pretty evident that the residents of Karachi were hardly interested in the whole issue.

A simple evaluation of the channel blocking issue would reveal that if the channels are blocked in Karachi only, it might invoke a reaction from the residents of Karachi (which also goes against the interests of the MQM and Karachi).

Lets just all sit back and evaluate the situation. The media has taken a great deal of unfair advantage of the liberty it has, all in the name of journalism. Let us also not forget, that before the current “dictatorial regime”, no one even thought they could come up on TV and say anything they wanted to the head of state.

With freedom comes responsibility, and the responsibility of journalism is not just to report the facts, but to report them objectively, not twisting stories to spice them up.

20 Comments so far

  1. S and M (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 12:39 am

    Well here is the website which tells why MQM ordered to stop the channel from airing the footage. It alleges that Altaf Hussain and someother ppl directly contacted the CEO of Perma.


  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 12:55 am

    honestly there was no need for such a stupid step by
    govt/mqm and it seems like MQM it self is being over loyal to Mush by resorting to such stupid tactics……


  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 2:56 am

    GEO has resumed its service and Kamran Khan is actively covering the CJP rally to Lahore


  4. SELF (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 3:08 am

    It’s certain now that it was MQM behind this. Read between the lines here; http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/may2007-daily/05-05-2007/up82.gif


  5. G-unit (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 3:26 am

    Nice pics posted by S & M… Get it S and M

    Hahahahah


  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 3:29 am

    Azizabadi MQM’s spokesman says that coz MQM’s rally (10 times larger then CJ’s rally according to him) outside press club wasn’t covered by media whereas CJ’s rally was being covered since morning so enraged public closed down those channels..


  7. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 3:34 am

    SELF — good find – I agree with you its a Jealousy factor and MQM got pissed at not being given even a glancing coverage of its press conference – I htink we have hit the nail on its head. Its MQM ALL THE WAY


  8. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 4:22 am

    MQM has accepted it so of course there is no doubt. They said its the reaction of people against dishonest journalism and awam has responded. Awam, as usual stands for sector incharges.


  9. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 4:23 am

    MQM has accepted it so of course there is no doubt. They said its the reaction of people against dishonest journalism and awam has responded. Awam, as usual stands for sector incharges.


  10. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 4:37 am

    MQM acceptance also annuls the analysis MQM has nothing to gain. MQM believes in teaching a lesson, they did it once to Jang Group, if you recall, after that day Jang Group never dared to challenge MQM. They are using same strategy, but the time has changed.


  11. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 5:09 am

    Jiye MMQ’s “Sadr Bachao mohim”!

    ^ ^


  12. Pkhan (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    These Media organisations are Biased, they are cooking the story, just an EXAMPLE TONIGHT for tonight’s reporting, from the QAFALA OF CJ, at one point GEO REPORTED that when they were entering in to LAHORE POLICE BLOCKED THE ROAD BY A BIG TRAILER, with in minutes same reporter comes in AND SAID THAT BECAUSE GEO REPORTED ON TV THEY HAVE REMOVED THE BLOCKADE? WERE THEY (POLICE)watching the GEO NEWS? THAT THEY REACTED WITH IN MINUTES? ALLAH HO AKBAR.


  13. Pkhan (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    These Media organisations are Biased, they are cooking the story, just an EXAMPLE TONIGHT for tonight’s reporting, from the QAFALA OF CJ, at one point GEO REPORTED that when they were entering in to LAHORE POLICE BLOCKED THE ROAD BY A BIG TRAILER, with in minutes same reporter comes in AND SAID THAT BECAUSE GEO REPORTED ON TV THEY HAVE REMOVED THE BLOCKADE? WERE THEY (POLICE)watching the GEO NEWS? THAT THEY REACTED WITH IN MINUTES? ALLAH HO AKBAR.


  14. Pkhan (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    These Media organisations are Biased, they are cooking the story, just an EXAMPLE TONIGHT for tonight’s reporting, from the QAFALA OF CJ, at one point GEO REPORTED that when they were entering in to LAHORE POLICE BLOCKED THE ROAD BY A BIG TRAILER, with in minutes same reporter comes in AND SAID THAT BECAUSE GEO REPORTED ON TV THEY HAVE REMOVED THE BLOCKADE? WERE THEY (POLICE)watching the GEO NEWS? THAT THEY REACTED WITH IN MINUTES? ALLAH HO AKBAR.


  15. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

    PKHAN you are always so accurate!

    Read this “pathetic” attempt by DAWN, http://www.dawn.com/2007/05/06/top1.htm

    to discredit the government with “false” “accusations”, implying that the gov used “force” upon these “terrorists”.

    “Mass arrests, road blockades and baton-charges and teargas shelling by police failed to stop lawyers, political activists and the general public from welcoming Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in various cities during his journey in a motorcade to Lahore from Islamabad on Saturday at the invitation of the Lahore High Court Bar Association.
    ” ….

    Im looking forward to Mush blaming this whole affair on “Forign enemies/forces” trying to destabalise the country &/or some minister coming out & declaring that all these lawyers are actually RAW/MOSAD agents!.

    “ALLAH HO AKBAR” to THAT my friend!.


  16. wasiq (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 4:56 am

    the flickr.com seems to have changed its policy about frontal nudity recently after being taken over by yahoo.com….i received stern warning for something much less offensive…


  17. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 6:45 am

    Flikr NEVER allowed frontal nudity.

    Although “Artistic Nudes” have always been allowed.

    If you find something inappropriate or against flikr policy, you can “report it” & it would be flagged for review.


  18. wasiq (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 8:51 am

    Flikr NEVER allowed frontal nudity.

    @red_munk…..did you care to check the link given by “S and M”……?????


  19. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 11:11 am

    Yeah & according to the rules, most of them are considered “Artistic Nudes” (The focus is not on nudity but how the photo was taken).

    Oh & I dint see any full-frontal nudity.

    Did you?


  20. wasiq (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 5:10 am

    jis ki lathi uss ki bheanss….for the very same reasons i did not argue with the flickrs.com when they removed my artistic nudes from the account and changed the public to private….

    Btw, the link by “S and M” has been removed by the moderator so this discussion ends right here right now….GOOD NIGHT!



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