Media Maulvis Mixing Religion With News Reporting

Jun 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Tazeen Javed describes the way Media Maulvis are mixing religion with news reporting.

Pakistan is a strange country; the people who garner maximum news coverage are often shady. If January was the month of Mumtaz Qadri, then February and March definitely belonged to Raymond Davis and the man who hogged all the headlines across the globe in May was Osama Bin Laden. Last but not the least was Illyas Kashmiri who was killed in a drone strike in June.

It is even stranger that though all four of them were shady characters – murderers to be precise – the response of the popular media to their deeds, lives, and reasons have ranged from high praise to utter ridicule. While Davis was lynched by our media for killing two Pakistani men, Qadri was praised by a certain section of media as the saviour who, by shedding blood of another human being, has somehow restored balance in the universe and saved the religion, humanity and galaxy. The kind of debate bin Laden and Kashmiri spark is the stuff of legends. People have called them terrorists, warriors, messiahs and everything in between depending on their ‘ideological’ and ‘idiological’ leanings.

But the strangest common factor in all the cases is that the popular media has developed the narrative and catered to the incidents surrounding these characters on the basis of religion. All the discussions and responses on the subject have been based, not on the news worthiness of the issue, but on the perceived religious reasons for the actions of the perpetrators and on the basis or lack of their religiosity.

Qadri was hailed as a hero because he was defending his faith. Even his critics were at pains to point out that he was mislead because the religion was not interpreted in its true spirit by who so ever was inspiring him. The only person, Sherry Rahman, who actually said that this law needed to be amended, had to stay cooped up in her house for the fear of her life. The fact that a man was killed was either ignored or the victim was blamed for his own death. The focus of the discussion stayed on religion and religion inspired laws and how essential they are to the survival of this society. The condemnation of that murder was subdued because vociferous denunciation would have challenged the religiosity of the narrative. Even before the death of the slain governor, one anchor decided to act as the prosecutor, jury and the judge and held a public trial of Governor Salman Taseer. With media pandering to the dictates of the overtly religious groups, presenting secular arguments in mainstream media is neither desired nor is considered safe.

Davis, an American guilty of the same crime homicide, was labelled the devil incarnate because he was an infidel who killed two Muslim men in the land of pure. The fact that it was Federal Shariat Court supported Qisas and Diyat Law that saved him in the end was again ignored. No one either wrote or spoke against the law in the popular media. The fact that perpetrators of the same crime can have different punishments depending upon their social standing and the amount they are willing to shell out to stay out of the prison and that the law actually supports the criminal with a sizeable bank account are largely ignored by our esteemed media persons and anchors.

Apart from these cases, the television debates usually centre on the quest of making the country a “true’ Islamic state instead of a working state. How many times have we seen sanctimonious anchors and so called experts discussing whether a legislation or a verdict by the courts is religious enough or not. Hardly have we seen any debate on whether a course of action is workable or not, which basically gives sanction to bad governance.

Whether a reader is Muslim or non-Muslim, the news should be the news. Religious programming has its place just as other types of programmes, but one should not mix drama or comedy with news reporting and neither should religion be mixed in also. Please…stick to the facts.


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  1. you are RT. as a society we need to balance our salves

  2. Response An electronic media explosion in this country has thrust open the need
    for presenters and experts, and they both are not easy to find. The
    number of news channels, and most importantly, the interest that the
    viewing public seemingly indicates in those mind you, during peak
    viewing hours is unprecedented and unmatched elsewhere in the world.
    Almost the top sycophants like Dr. Shahid Masood, Ansar Abbasi,
    Shaheen Sehbai and Kamran Khan like people are leading the goon of
    sycophants which are giving indispensable loss to national interests.
    Bashing the Govt along with projecting oneself as a peacenik, it is
    the easiest route to establishing the credentials of intellectual
    elitism in the overly expressive socio-political environment of
    Pakistan, facilitated, without doubt, by pervasive media presence.
    This is a society and a culture intent on putting up a show, and
    stealing a march on anyone in the vicinity, even if it might entail
    putting at risk the edifice of the state.

  3. Ameer sahib should be raped and should be made to prove it in a court, then he will know what it means to get raped – insaf do – 24th june 2011 – p2

  4. A woman should not report Rape if she has not 4 witnesses – says Munawar Hassan, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami – Munawar Hassan, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami says, a women who is raped should not tell anyone. The language of the interview is urdu (Hindi).

  5. Jamat-e-Islami/Munawar Hassan Encourage “RAPE” & Declare everyone “APOSTATE”

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