Freedom of Sensationalization

April 12, 2010

Geo TV

Pervaiz Musharraf takes the credit for freeing media during his rule, which eventually led to his downfall. A number of News channels are aired twenty four hours a day. Not so surprisingly each channel is backed by certain political figure. News TV channels in Pakistan are not for the faint hearted, horrid images are shown on TV screens regularly. Not only media has any legal bindings even code of conduct for that matter.

Freedom has its own responsibilities and media in Pakistan should realise it by now. Century old techniques for increasing the receivers by sensationalising news are being used and abused every minute on live TV.  Extent of Yellow journalism is staggering, it’s not just one paper a day, its live twenty four hours a day which can make any normal person sane.

It is an old saying that goes like that; if you give monkey a match he will burn your entire house. I do not expect any reforms or even formation of code of conduct for channels for Pakistan. At least all these channels should be forced to abide PG viewing time from 6 am – 10 pm .

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