Poll: Media Destabilizing Pakistan, Threaten Freedom

Nov 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized
Third of Pakistanis Blame Media for Political Instability

Third of Pakistanis Blame Media for Political Instability

A recent Gilani poll (Gallup Pakistan) found that almost one-third of all Pakistanis (31%) blame media for political instability in Pakistan. These findings have two important implications: First, the media is creating confusion and chaos during a time of war; Second, by discrediting themselves, members of the media threaten the freedom of the press.

Pakistan is currently in a state of war. A few days ago, TTP suicide bombers attacked the regional headquarters of the ISI in Peshawar. Despite the fact that TTP claimed responsibility for the ISI HQ bombing, media outlets continue to focus on conspiracy fantasies at the expense of actual reporting. By distracting politicians and the public from the real issues facing our nation, media conspiracy theorists destabilize the country during an already fragile time.

Additionally, by discrediting themselves with wild conspiracy stories, members of the media are undermining their own profession. As Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani, Chairman Gallup Pakistan and Gilani Foundation correctly noted in his report:

These findings surely cause a concern among those who value media freedom because the freedom of media rests on and emanates from popular support rather than the barrel of gun. The findings highlight some introspection as well as the issue of image making, After all ‘image makers should also address the issue of their own image’.

One of the basic building blocks of a successful democracy is the freedom of the press. In order to make proper decisions about the important issues of the day, free citizens must be able to trust the information being reported by the news. If there is a breakdown in the trust between the people and the news journalists, there quickly becomes a breakdown in democracy. And, as we have experienced under Gen. Zia and Gen. Musharraf, without democracy there is no free press.

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  1. i totally disagreed with dat compliments by gov. that is totally wrong findings i guess. i used to watch mostely programs on different networks. media is going greak and my massege is to go on and on and keep up the good work… specially some of the famous anchors which i think doing a good job even in different advers circumstances created by gov. y do people hesitate to loud their voices aginst mr zardari… we all know his political and (?) background… my massege for all the true pakistani’s is to loud their voices before its too late..
    thanks

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    0314-5385636

  2. In latin they say..”quis custodiet ipsos custodes” who will watch the watchmen OR who will guard the guradians?..
    Though whenever there evolves a system/process in this country that apparently seems to make positive changes,i.e. a

    solution, a voice against what is going wrong..is somehow gets infected afterwards …

    These patterns are quiet predictable now yet ignored by masses an d followed successfully…patterns of first gaining trust and then evolution of this trust in to a POWER.. that ultimately inherits the sores of what It was a cure once…

    WHY ? because Freedom has always misinterpreted, defined as one’s own definition and understanding of this concept
    and then carried along by its followers…practicing it in their respective fields….

    SO being a irrational citizen i think Freedom must not be understood as how an individual/group of individuals live/act freely out of whole society..it shouldn’t be like a pride of lions in a jungle…or it should be???
    Is Freedom a power?? isn’t a right coupled with responsibility…

  3. @raja You ask “y do people hesitate to loud their voices aginst mr zardari…” But I don’t understand brother. Who hesitates to speak against Zardari? If I walk outside, all I hear is people talking against Zardari. Tell me, brother, what good does that do? Mr. Zardari is not perfect, but who will do better?

  4. Please update your post as Gallup has updated their poll > 57% disagreed!

    “Gilani Poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan would like to make a correction in the findings released in November 13-2009. The error caused by a mix up of figures in the report is greatly regretted and the team has offered a serious apology. The poll whose findings were reported asked a national sample: “Do you agree or disagree with the statement, ‘Media is responsible for political instability in the country’?” 31% agreed, while 57% disagreed and 12% did not give a view.”

    “Unfortunately the figures were mixed up showing 57% considering media responsible for political instability. The error surfaced in an internal process of verification and the institution considers its responsibility to correct the error. The chairman and the research team have expressed serious regrets for this very unusual mistake. The team has immediately adopted additional measures of verification at the reporting stage to prevent the occurrence of such error in the future. The error is greatly regretted and the correct figures are reported as below.”

  5. Thanks! We have made the corrections to the post. If you have any more tips, please feel free to drop us an email at pakistanmediawatch@gmail.com

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  7. I am 100% sure that media is full responsible to promote and support terrorism in the way which they are doing. In every country Government gives the direction, what you will do and what you will not do. Every one knows in America the media is independent and free but still they are not going beyond the limits and directions by government, especially when you are in the war situation.
    Off course you can criticize President, Politicians Government, policies or who ever but you can’t show or tell about sensitive matters which can produce panic, fears, depression especially when you are in war. Thousand of American died and wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan but media never shows any live or still coverage because they can’t cross their boundaries. We will apply the same formula in our country to set the boundaries where they will play.

  8. One way to look at the Gilani poll result is that “the majority of Pakistani’s (57%) do not believe that media is responsible for political instability in the country, while another 12% are not sure”.

    Free media across the world, particularly electronic media, indulges in sensationalizing as a marketing tool; so does ours. However, some do it excessively and unfortunately end up legitimizing hearsay. This obviously is not responsible journalism. But, all said, the media in Pakistan has done the country good overall and there should be no attempt to curb its freedom through legal gimmickry. Who would deny that, if not for media, the lawyers movement to get the Supreme Court Chief Justice restored, would not have succeeded?

    Nevertheless, the Pakistani media, for the sake of its own credibility, needs to insttutionalize a robust self regulation regime.

  9. i totaly disagree with this point of view that pakistanti media is creating confusion among the community. actualy this is a government compaign to hide their disqualifications, because in these days government is seeing nowhere, government is trying to convert the mind of the people form many problems in pakistan.

  10. Mr. Shaheen Sehbai, Group Editor, The News International, should have been ashamed of himself before quoting a wiretap/bug in his so-called analysis above, indeed it is shameful for an editor of one of the “leading” daily to quote Intelligence Agency Transcript. More shameful is that he is committing a treason [violating article 6 of 1973 Constitution of Pakistan] by inviting a Pakistan Army into politics. Read in his own words:

    Shaheen Sehbai [Jang Group] Invites Martial Law in Pakistan !

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/shaheen-sehbai-jang-group-invites.html

  11. I agree with the reports, i belive their are some anchor like Talat Hussain, but most of the rest are creating panic among people. For example most channal report like this

    ” Quetta main dhmaka suna gaya jagha ka taayun kia ja raha hian” and after an hour of panic the reports are amended as

    “Dhamaka slynder ki patney ki waja say howa”……………….now i think this is irresponsiblity on the part of news channel. Once you got concrete evidance then you should report it, and these kind of reporting are compeling people like me to think doubtfuly the media role.

  12. Freedom of speach without responsibilty is a manice , facts does not need drama, oppinions should sound like oppinions, not declearation though its hard not to be jugdemental……

    I think we actually know where Mr Zerdari & Co stands…..

    I almost lost hope in Pakistani Govt , i am sure the media will make currption ”unfashionable” and yet expensive in the long run…………

  13. It’s an elaborate multi-faceted & corporate media driven con game. Nizami, Khalil-ur-Rehman, Haji Iqbal, Mirza Yousuf Baig, Tahir Khan & many other big names invested in it for the same reasons the Poor Pakistani people invested in Corrupt & Declared American Slaves i.e. Zardari & Co. & their humble foreign policy run as president since 2008. This con game is done. Why has nothing big happened to these traitors yet?

    It is also surprising that some people buy this “Liberal Media” Fairy Tale. Sometimes I wonder if cons like Musharraff, Shaukat Aziz, Mehmood Durani, Mushahid Hussain, Pervaiz Illahi, Wasi Zafar, Sh. Rasheed, Sher Afgan Niazi who used to say we would live in Power up-to next fifteen years as they were living in their fantasy world.

    What’s with the Corruption in power obsession that Zardari & Co. War against Terror have? Effectively they are saying this poor & ignored nation is willing to abolish democracy so the I.R.of Pakistan can be some sort of ‘super-state’ but has become subordinate/submissive or whatever before the Americans. The peoples of Pakistan & Afghanistan do not want political integration. The nations of Pakistan & Afghanistan want referendums. Why do these declared slaves shout always WaT on behalf of the West think the majority should be ignored? Why do these elite of the West & East continue with this integration against our will? What-gives you the right to overrule the will of the no-voting people. Should not the media discuss what is current survey telling the stories about this American Imposed War whereupon more than 83% of this nation is against. Is this not religious duty of MEDIA to highlight such high handedness that who is the real terrorist?

    Dr. Shahid Masood, Hamid Mir, Talat Hussein, Kamran Khan, Nadeem Malik, Asma Shirazi, Mushtaq Minhas, Kashif Abbassi, Haroon Rasheed, Irfan Siddiqui & others are telling the truth! In fact there was also no mandate from the people to the Parliament for the Nepra Laws & Regulations. This is because there is no CONNECTION between the people & their elected Jiyala representatives. Zardari & Co. is essentially saying that a protest vote will be ignored by the Jiyala Cabinet. The elite of Jiyala & Army Generals is not suffering a democratic deficit it is suffering from a complete lack of accountability to the people, why not these Army Generals accept that against their Aggressive Operations Terrorism has been enhanced by leaps & bounds — who are sovereign. The Pakistani English Speaking Ruling Elite is thoroughly anti-democratic in its current form! Is this MEDIA fault if they raise such pinching questions?

    This is very much what this Obama-Karzai & Zardari- Heritage Foundation ilk does in the South Asia Region. Makes a campaign & attempt to twist Afghan & Pakistan elections through issues that have NO place in elections for representatives. The elections are NOT a place for the Corrupt Leadership. There is more of a need to debate issues that the National Assembly can have input, such as the Army Budget. It needs to be unacceptable to turn the Mid Term elections on its head like this. The MEDIA can not close their eyes on such Burning Issues!

    Baqool Kamran Khan Kalma-e-Haq Jari-o-Sari – Rahay Ga-
    Kaun Hay Haqiqat Mein Terrorist Yeh Samnay Akar Rahay Ga-
    Taliban/Alqaida Ka Haw-wa Khara Kurnay Say Khuch Na Banay Ga-

  14. علعکم
    I have question for Pakistani public is a pakistan is a Muslim country or none Muslim?
    I personally don’t feel if their is any Islam or muslim in Pakistan If you look at the leaders that show there are (Munafek)(hypocrites) so how can people of Pakistan be Muslim,
    Allah Hafiz

  15. yes i am agree with you that media is not doing their work because their work is only give news but they are giving people tension as our one geo chenell made as logon ko dara dara k geo

  16. no its not true. this website is against PAKISTAN and in interest of bastard western media.

  17. @Muslim Bahi – What are you talking about? Your comment does not make any sense. What is not true? And what website is against Pakistan? Certainly not this one. If you think this website is against Pakistan, you need to learn how to read, I think.

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  19. Geo TOP Blackmailer. there is influence of media is increased day by day specially black mailing culture and victimization. I think Urdu media insulting Sindhi people and their mended and culture also. Geo one of the most stupid channel of Pakistan.always target sindh and ignore sindhi peoples problems/ he encourage 12 may 9th April terrorists. so should shame so called urdu media and Geo to victimize only Mr Zardari because he is belong to SINDH.and a Sindhi speaking president. ‘

  20. GEO IS WORKING FOR JEWISH AND INDIAN LOBBIES TO DESTABLIZE PAKISTAN BUT I BELIEVE IT WILL NEVER SUCCEED IN ITS DIRTY WISH.
    GOD WILL SAVE MY COUNTRY. ONLY PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN HAVE THE RIGHT OF CHANGING THEIR ELECTED GOVERNMENTS BY ONLY MEANS OF GENERAL ELECTION. IN DEMOCRACY PEOPLE’S COURT IS SUPREME.

  21. ok

  22. The talk shows in questions in no way has indulged in the political instablility in the country . These shows have given new awareness to the public which were missing earlier.It is true that like many other department, there is always chances of misinterperatation but generally ,all these shows are very useful .I pay my graditude to these anchers like Dr.Shahid ,Najam sethi,Talat, Hamid,Nasim,Kashif and mubsher. shahzad from Attock

  23. Majority of anchors doing just masala shows.. their 1st desire is may be money… in this game many true media men also not able to identify…

  24. I just type:

    Dosray Kay Gunah Ginwanay Say Apnay Gunah Kum Na Hon Gay-
    Media Ka Hay Kam Woh Tu Corruption/Governence Ko Ujagar Karien Gay-
    Agar Jiyala President Fauj-o-Media Say Laray Gay-Tu Akhir Mein Roein Gay-

  25. The media doesn’t know that their channels are seen accross the borders, who jokes and plans accordingly. We are true, that there is poverty, illitracy, dearth and corruption etc.in our country, the terrorism is increasing and no person feels secure. Instead making reforms in the society. We should be not be naked before the foreign countries. There are discusssion on TV in which public has no interest, there is a lack of leadership who talk about NRO and amendment in the constitution. Pakistan and religion are seen in insulting way after seeing the programs on TV. I feel ashamed and get angry, but have no argument.

  26. some channel of Media Destabilizing Pakistan, kuch talk shows,,, kuch anchor persons… yellow journalism mai bharpur kirdar ada kar rahe hain… they are cheater

  27. agree with the reports, i belive their are some anchor like Kamran Khan,they create panic in Pkaistan and make money among people. For example most channel report like this .Pakistani media destroy Pakistan so much . If you compare Indaian Media ,Indain Media creat good Image of India in the world but the truth is this they so many problem more then Pakistan. Pl Pakistan ko bacho pakistani media say

  28. This is not true, well some time media play bad role but over all media bring out most of Pakistani nations problem and show what greedy politician are doing with my lovely country Pakistan

  29. yes i m agree that media is not doing his job properly. some presenters are look like a polictical leader and they are representing a polictical party. they are making clash between the parliment and judiciery. but now politicients and judiciery are mush reponsible as they are not in past.

  30. […] American Presence in this beloved region even Talat Hussain, Nadeem Malik of Aaj TV Javaid Ch. …Poll: Media Destabilizing Pakistan, Threaten Freedom …A recent Gilani poll (Gallup Pakistan) found that almost one-third of all Pakistanis (31%) blame […]

  31. It’s is true, well some time media play bad role but over all media bring out most of Pakistani nations problem and show what greedy politicia.
    I believe their are some anchor like Kamran Khan,they create panic in Pkaistan and make money among people. For example most channel report like this .Pakistani media destroy Pakistan so much.

  32. Media can only show whats going on, you can not blame media for the corruption, looting, killings and all other injustices in the country.
    We must appreciate what Pakistani Media is showing to the nation and educating them.

  33. Pakistani media is playing very important,positive & constructive role in this so called advanced society. It is only com pain against media that it has developed political instability. Only it has been found that some people in media have been remained partial.

  34. Unfortunatly this is a sad reality. The Media has the power and resources to bring so many positive changes .. but its just feeding negitivity and hype to the Pakistani’s … Its very easy to sell those .. but whats difficult to do the right thing ..

    We in Pakistan don’t need such negativity … if they claim to be so Pro Pakistani’s then they should give atleast 3-4 hours daily to highlight positive initiative by people .. start segements to educate minds of people in a positive way , create awareness …

    The bottom line is that these are anti Pakistani elements which just are here for earning $$$$ by hoook or by crook …

  35. This is not true, well some time media play bad role but over all media bring out most of Pakistani nations problem and show what greedy politician are doing with my lovely country Pakistan
    yes i m agree that media is not doing his job properly. some presenters are look like a polictical leader and they are representing a polictical party. they are making clash between the parliment and judiciery. but now politicients and judiciery are mush reponsible as they are not in past.

  36. this is a sad reality. The Media has the power and resources to bring so many positive changes .. but its just feeding negitivity and hype to the Pakistani’s … Its very easy to sell those .. but whats difficult to do the right thing ..

    We in Pakistan don’t need such negativity … if they claim to be so Pro Pakistani’s then they should give atleast 3-4 hours daily to highlight positive initiative by people .. start segements to educate minds of people in a positive way , create awareness

  37. sir
    yes i m agree that media is not doing his job properly. some presenters are look like a polictical leader and they are representing a polictical party. they are making clash between the parliment and judiciery.

  38. Mera khayal hai ke jo bunda bhee media ke sath munsalik ho us se ek Halaf lena chahiyay,ke,Main theek ko theek aur ghalat ko ghalat kahoon ga\gi,jahan dusroon ko meri madad ki zaroorat ho gi,wahan main un ki madad karoon ga\gi aur agar main madad na ker saka\saki to un ka nuksan bhee nahi karoon ga\gi,aur agar kisi se koee ghalti hui to us pe perda daloon ga\gi,na Qaum Parasti kaoon ga\gi,aur na hi Qaum Parasti kernay doon ga\gi,aur na hi Firqa Wariyat phelaoon ga\gi,aur na phelnay doon ga\gi,agar aisa hota hai to kya koee media wala ghalat soch sakta hai.Waris Ali Pakistan Navy.

  39. My Name is Waris Ali.

  40. pakistani media ko iss barey main khayal rakhna chahiye k wo pakistan k khilaf koi khbar na chaly

  41. sir
    Yes i m not satisfied with media role. media play over acting in their field.
    every one try to set back the other. for this they forget their job.

  42. Dearest Media Owners
    I would like to know ‘ARE YOU REAL PAKISTANI’ or Are you Working as A Goods Pakistani ……. Every Anchor said Pakistan this and that in Pakistan, you all are never said my/our country ====== may i right ??????? whole world are pace places but Pakistan is very dirty country, Pakistani Peoples are not Good, they are tarorist, women are creating problem, women are facing problem, As you (Media Peoples Said) my country PAKISTAN IS A GREAT COUNTRY Remember Media Anchors ALLAH IS LOOKING ALL OF YOU , ALL OF YOU REMEMBER your back Ground Before you Joint the Media and kNow and how much money do you have ,

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