The curse of yellow journalism in Pakistan

Mar 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The following piece by Malik Ayub Sumbal was originally published by European Journalism Centre on 25 March. An excerpt is produced below. For the full article please visit http://www.ejc.net/magazine/article/the_curse_of_yellow_journalism_in_pakistan/

The rise of sensationalist media and yellow journalism in Pakistan has led to the emergence of a debate in various circles in the country about the accountability of the media and the journalistic profession.

Yellow journalism is generally defined as the tabloidisation of journalism – the adoption of reporting practices focusing more on sensationalism than on research. In Pakistan, yellow journalism refers mostly to the exploitation and manipulation of issues of national interest for the vested interests of corrupt journalists.

Corruption has become an integral part of Pakistani journalism. The monopoly corrupt journalists exercise over the profession constitutes a challenge for all media practitioners, because their influential positions make it hard for others to do their jobs properly.

The media is ideally perceived as the fourth pillar of the state (alongside the judicial, legislative and executive powers), but in Pakistan, most people have come to distrust the media and those who practise journalism.

The sensationalist aspect of newspapers and private news television channels and the problematic role they play in society raise increasing concern among the public.

Presently, Pakistanis are demanding that star anchors of various current affairs programmes and other journalists be held accountable for their actions. The media in general and yellow journalists are criticised on various platforms, Internet forums and television programmes. People also resort to wall chalking against the practice of yellow journalism and media exaggeration in the streets of major cities…

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Malik Ayub SumbalMalik Ayub Sumbal is a freelance journalist based in Islamabad, Pakistan, with a professional experience of more than seven years working for a number of national and international newspapers, magazines, journals, wire services and television channels. He is presently working as an investigative reporter and analyst for various English news radio stations, television channels and newspapers worldwide.

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  1. Tragic Death of a young Employee “Azam Khan” of Channel 5 (Khabrain – Zia Shahid) and apathy of the Owners of Media Barons, Judiciary and Alleged TV Anchors

    Apna Gareban – Media Owners Exposed As Media Worker Commits Suicide — Ep 09 — Part 1/5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01QO3LTVTnU&feature=channel_video_title

  2. Apna Gareban – Media Owners Exposed As Media Worker Commits Suicide — Ep 09 — Part 2/5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYeG1LopGfM&feature=channel_video_title

  3. Mother of “Azam Khan” and apathy of those who at the drop of hat try their best to bring in “Islamic Revolution” through TV TALK. Apna Gareban – Media Owners Exposed As Media Worker Commits Suicide — Ep 09 — Part 3/5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2jmImTaKc4&feature=channel_video_title

  4. Most amazing is the criminal silence of Superior Judiciary on the non implementation of Wage Board Award

    Apna Gareban – Media Owners Exposed As Media Worker Commits Suicide — Ep 09 — Part 4/5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMIlHCIM3S4&feature=channel_video_title

  5. Media Barons have hijacked the Superior Judiciary. Criminal silence of Superior Judiciary on the non implementation of Wage Board Award

    Apna Gareban – Media Owners Exposed As Media Worker Commits Suicide — Ep 09 — Part 5/5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RUezqXYmxI&feature=channel_video_title

  6. Suicide of Media Worker, Suo Motu Notice, Contempt of Court & PCO Judges. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2011/03/suicide-of-media-worker-suo-motu-notice.html

  7. Are Court Reporters Impartial – Part – 1 (Apna Gareban Matiullah Jan DAWNNEWS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_FooDuR7xs

  8. Are Court Reporters Impartial – Part – 2 (Apna Gareban Matiullah Jan DAWNNEWS)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20gCIcVGVUg&feature=related

  9. Are Court Reporters Impartial – Part – 3 (Apna Gareban Matiullah Jan DAWNNEWS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q50L87plP-I&feature=related

  10. Are Court Reporters Impartial – Part – 4 (Apna Gareban Matiullah Jan DAWNNEWS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJxpA3ATjgQ&feature=related

  11. Are Court Reporters Impartial – Part – 5 (Apna Gareban Matiullah Jan DAWNNEWS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GgE7XQR-xI&feature=related

  12. Jang Group & GEO TV misguide & malign JUDICIARY (Column Kaar 16 October 2010) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFKing5PMSY&feature=channel_video_title

  13. Apas Ki Baat 28th March 2011 – Jang Group/GEO TV VS Punjab Government on Raymond Davis
    http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydjs84tWiwE&feature=player_embedded#at=486

  14. Contempt of Court in Media after Court Decision on Raymond Davis.
    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2011/03/contempt-of-court-in-media-after-court.html

  15. During the course of the proceedings, the acting AG informed the SC that despite the court’s orders, some TV channels were still conducting talk shows on the NRO. The chief justice again directed TV channels not to conduct talk shows on the NRO which is sub judice. “TV channels should not debate the matter which is sub judice: otherwise, we would issue an order in black and white in this regard,” the CJ remarked. REFERENCE: Court unhappy with NAB By Sohail Khan Thursday, December 10, 2009 SC concerned over Swiss case record’s safety Enquires about Zardari’s $47m According to a news report in The Nation on 8 December 2009: The Chief Justice advised the media not to discuss the matter with regard to NRO in television programmes until the case was disposed off. However, he said media could report the proceedings openly.
    By: Zahid Gishkori | Published: December 08, 2009 ٹی وی مباحثوں میں این آراوکیس پربات نہ کی جائے،چیف جسٹس
    اسلام آباد (جنگ نیوز) عدالت عظمیٰ کے چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدری نے ذرائع ابلاغ سے کہا ہے کہ وہ قومی مفاہمتی آرڈیننس (این آر او) کے بارے میں درخواستوں کی سماعت کے دوران ٹی وی مذاکروں اور مباحثوں میں این آر او پر بات نہ کریں تاکہ تعصب کا تاثر پیدا نہ ہوتاہم ٹی وی چینلزاوراخبارات کو یہ اجازت ہوگی کہ وہ اس کیس کے حوالے سے رپورٹنگ کریں۔ پیر کو 17 رکنی بینچ کی سربراہی کرتے ہوئے چیف جسٹس نے کمرہ عدالت میں موجود ذرائع ابلاغ کے نمائندوں کو مخاطب کرکے کہا کہ ہم کوئی حکم جاری نہیں کر رہے۔ ذرائع ابلاغ این آر او بارے درخواستوں کی سماعت کی رپورٹنگ کرے لیکن جب تک مقدمہ زیر سماعت ہے اس وقت تک ٹی وی مذاکروں اور مباحثوں میں اس پر بات کرنے سے احتراز برتا جائے۔ (Jang) NOW READ AS TO HOW JANG GROUP VIOLATES THE JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS BY COMMENTING ON MATTERS WHICH ARE SUB JUDICE! Hamid Khan (SCBA), Lawyers & Biased Notice of “Contempt of Court”.
    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2011/03/hamid-khan-scba-lawyers-biased-notice.html

  16. Judicial Dictatorship in Pakistan & Contempt of Court by Pakistani Media.
    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2011/03/judicial-dictatorship-in-pakistan.html

  17. Geo is a goon of black mailers and unfortunately following Geo some other channels are also trying to adopt the same style. Geo News TV is a leader in sensationalism and lopsided reporting in Pakistan, and that most other TV channels uncritically imitate Geo TV’s unethical and unprofessional practices in order to improve their ratings. These propaganda channels might have thrived in Nazi Germany but people of Pakistan know them for what they are as this article proves precisely. But it is our misfortune that our people have to suffer them to this extent because PPP governments commitment to freedom. But this commitment to freedom is distinguishing feature between a fascist and a democrat. These journalists have supported anti- public causes since Pakistan came into being whether it was Martial Laws or religious bigotry. But People of Pakistan kept electing progressive political parties. What did these journalists achieve? A comfortable life out of pact with devil. But a life, devoid of nobility, a life empty of truth.

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