Matiullah Jan Holds Colleagues Accountable, Exposes Corruption In Media

Feb 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Dawn News TV, Ethics, Geo TV, Jang, Samaa TV, Waqt TV

We have posted several times over the years that the solution to irresponsibility and unethical behaviour in media lies not with any government interference, but within media itself. Better training, better oversight by editors and industry associations, hiring of ombudsmen, and the type of self-policing that is exemplified by Matiullah Jan’s show Apna Gareebaan on Dawn TV.

On the latest episode Matiullah Jan exposes the corruption within the ranks of media from those who took advantage of government funded Hajj Facility.

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  1. Criticism of Zardari in Pakistan hides a political game By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad 7 August 2010 Last updated at 15:10 GMT http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10901583 Friendly journalists – Mr Zardari’s supporters believe that cancelling the trip would not have helped him. “He would have been remembered and criticised even if there were no floods in the country,” said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday. And indeed, the current anti-Zardari campaign in the media started before the floods hit the headlines. The criticism began after British Prime Minister David Cameron made remarks in India on 28 July where he accused some in Pakistan of “looking both ways”, exporting terror to neighbouring countries. On 31 July, Pakistan’s Geo TV reported that the chief of the ISI intelligence service, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, had cancelled a scheduled trip to the UK because of Mr Cameron’s remarks, but Mr Zardari was continuing with his planned trip. Pakistan’s ubiquitous TV news presenters began questioning President Zardari’s patriotism and personal integrity. The print media was not far behind. While President Zardari’s European tour had been “reduced to a pleasure trip” after Mr Cameron’s remarks, “the army reacted in a timely and dignified manner” by cancelling the ISI chief’s UK visit, an editorial comment in the Pakistan Observer newspaper said. The News newspaper called Mr Zardari’s visit a “pursuit of his own dynastic aggrandizement”. The floods only intensified this initial criticism. Two significant developments took place on Thursday. Firstly, Bilawal Bhutto denied he was planning to address the Pakistan Peoples’ Party rally in Birmingham, one of the main reasons for Mr Zardari’s trip. Secondly, Prime Minister Gilani informed journalists that the ISI chief had not, in fact, scheduled a visit to the UK in the first place. Many quarters insist Bilawal Bhutto’s “cancellation” of an appearance at the Birmingham show may be the result of a rethink on the part of Mr Zardari’s advisers to minimise political damage. But what about the confusion over the story about the ISI chief’s visit to the UK? The initial report on Geo TV had come from mysterious, unnamed sources. And even more mysteriously, the army’s media wing – which normally keeps a hawkish eye on the news, correcting reports at the first possible stage – had not stepped in to clarify the report. The ties between the military and the media are strong. The military often use the media to protect its hold on the giant corporate empire which it has built. In the 1980s the military did this through open censorship. Since the 1990s it has evolved subtler ways. It controls almost all access to big stories, and has therefore been able to raise a corps of “friendly” journalists who now control most key jobs in Pakistani media due to their “contacts”. President Zardari’s supporters suggest the media could have made up the story of the ISI cancelling its trip to the UK in order to spark an anti-Zardari campaign, which intensified as the scale of the flood damage became clear.

  2. 35 journalists on govt’s ‘hit list’

    Exclusively for Jang Group [under Nawaz Sharif DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 05 June 1999 Issue : 05/23 Government] http://www.lib.virginia.edu/area-studies/SouthAsia/SAserials/Dawn/1999/05jun99.html#35jo
    35 journalists on govt’s ‘hit list’

    WASHINGTON, June 1: The Committee to Protect journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization, is conducting an investigation into a “hit list” prepared allegedly by the Pakistan government. “We are looking into it,” a CPJ spokesperson said, confirming that the list contains the names of 35 prominent journalists. According to the CPJ, the names were: Irshad Ahmed Haqqani, Rehmat Ali Razi, Anjum Rasheed, Suhail Warraich, Sohaib Marghoob and Roman Ehsan, (Jang Lahore), M. Ziauddin and Ansar Abbasi (Dawn Islamabad), Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Javed Jaidi, Nusrat Javed and Mariana Babar (The News Islamabad), Rehana Hakeem and Zahid Hussain (Newsline), Ejaz Haider, Khalid Ahmed, Jugnu Mohsin and Adnan Adil (The Friday Times), Mahmood Sham (Jang Karachi), Rashed Rehman (The Nation Lahore), Amir Ahmed Khan (Herald), Imtiaz Alam, Beena Sarwar, Shafiq Awan, Kamila Hyat and Amir Mir (The News Lahore), Abbas Athar (Nawa-i-Waqat Lahore), Kamran Khan and Shehzad Amjad (The News Karachi), Azam Khalil (Pulse), Mohammad Malik (Tribune), Imtiaz Ahmed (The Frontier Post Peshawar), Ilyas Chaudhry (Jang Rawalpindi), Naveed Meraj (The Frontier Post Islamabad) and Syed Talat Hussain (The Nation Islamabad).

    According to reports received by the CPJ, the federal government had decided to establish a special media cell comprising officials from the police, Intelligence Bureau and the Federal Investigation Agency to punish the journalists who have been writing against the government. Ehtesab Bureau Chairman Senator Saifur Rehman Khan would head this cell which would function simultaneously at Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar with its head office at Islamabad.

  3. Long March of Nawaz Sharif & Memory Loss of Ansar Abbasi.
    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2011/02/long-march-of-nawaz-sharif-memory-loss.html

  4. This is shocking behavior indeed. India has a problem of ‘paid news’, pakistan’s, it seems, is that much of its media, despite a reputation of free and feisty, is in the government’s pocket.

    And judging by the interviews, these journalists seem to know full well what they are doing is wrong but did it anyway.

    Absent of the ideas you already offered, I believe web sites like yours an invaluable service to the reading public– to keep the media honest.

  5. Lawyer accuses Geo CEO of manhandling him Published: March 1, 2011
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/125746/lawyer-accuses-geo-ceo-of-manhandling-him/

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) counsel Ali Raza on Tuesday accused the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Geo Mir Ibrahim Rehman of manhandling him outside the Supreme Court (SC). The chief justice also issued a notice to Rehman over the issue. Speaking to the media, Raza narrated the incident saying that he was talking to the acting chairman of Pemra Dr Jabbar when Rehman came to complain against potential Satellite channels being aired on cable television.

    According to Raza’s account, he then advised Rehman that as per the orders of the SC, he should file a written complaint and Pemra would take immediate action over the matter. As a consequence Rehman became angry and allegedly shoved Raza in the chest saying “you are all liars” claimed Raza.

    Raza said that he has brought the incident to the notice of the court.
    Senior lawyer Raza Kazim speaking outside the SC said Mir Ibrahim had assaulted a lawyer and a complaint will be filed against him.

  6. Legal expert on Geo CEO case
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UohWhNnWTGU&feature=player_embedded

  7. Senior lawyer mishandled
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrNg2PIxC24&feature=player_embedded

  8. Dr Tahir Ali Javed (Unification/Bloc PML N) is wanted in USA (Dunya TV 28 Feb 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r14k9LsDOUY

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  10. ’یہ قاتل میڈیا ہے‘
    آخری وقت اشاعت: پير 10 جنوری 2011 ,‭ 16:39 GMT 21:39 PST
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/multimedia/2011/01/110110_abbas_athar_media_taseer_uk.shtml

    سلمان تاثیر کے قتل اور میڈیا میں ان کے قاتل کی کوریج پر سینیئر صحافی اور ایکسپریس اخبار کے ایڈیٹر عباس اطہر سے گفتگو

  11. mateeulla jaan saab jis khizar kalasara see aap gwae daalwa re hen zara us se be pochen naa wo iss satage pe kese poncha jo abe chand baras pele tak aik toote hoi motorbike pe tha…. kahen wo apne brother rahoof kalasara ka brother hone ka faida nahe utha raaa???

    our kahe aap us ko innosent is liye to show nahe kar re ke rahoofklasara aap ka doost hey???
    ????????

  12. aik baat our khena chaun gaa ginn journalist ko dikhaya giya hey aapna kkam our matlab ho too baal kee khal tak utar lete hen…

    buttt sub ke baat aik he sune ko milee ke une ilam nahe thaa, hanif khalid se le kar asma tak,, our dosre common baat in sub ke ye the

    BULAWA’ waa je waa BULAWA BE ATA HEY TO KIN LOGON KOOO?
    HANIF KHALID WO SHAKS HE JO AGAR KISE HOTEL ME PRESS CONF ME JAYE TO WAN PAREY KALAM TAK GAIB ME DAAL KE LE ATA HEY (HWAS NAHE JATE WARNA IS NE MAAL BATORA BOT HEY).
    DOSARA NAM NIHAD MESNA HAFIZ TAHIR, YE WO SAKS HE JIS KE LIYE TO KASHMALA TARIQ CAKE ISLAMABAD OFFICE ME LE KAR ATE THE. WESE YE HAFIZ BUS SHAKAL SE HE MASOOM LAGTA HEY HEY UNDAR SE PORA …

    MEYN LAST ME YE KAUN GA MATEEULA SAB AAP NE APNE FRIENDS KO CHORA HEY BESHAK UNO NE HUJ NAHE KIYA BUT CURRUPTION ME MULAWAS WO BE HEN KABEE UN PE BE AIK NAZAR ZAROOR DALYE GA.. WAQT ANE PE BOT KHUCH DISCLOSE KARUN GAA. AAP KA KHAIRKHAWA..

    mikayani@live.co.uk

  13. Excellent Programe. Salam to Matti ullah Jan

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