Saturday, April 26, 2014
It was too early.
Attack on topnotch journalist and anchorperson #Hamid Mir, in Karachi on Saturday evening (April 19) while his car was leaving the airport was no doubt quite shocking and sad. Every sane person condemns this attack and all other attacks on every other journalists in Pakistan.
According to news he is outta danger now. May he recover as soon as possible.
However, what Geo did was quite unprofessional and irresponsible. They telecast his statement just after the attack which he gave earlier somewhere in which he alleged ISI to be responsible if he were murdered.
It was too early to telecast such type of statement. They should have waited for him to regain his conscious and alleged whoever he wanted to alleged, in a proper press conference. GEO broke the news " In his early statement...............," and then his bro, Amir Mir, said the same thing and scooted out from the scene. If Mirs were telling the truth, they should have stick to it. He should have done a proper press conference and showed that statement whether in black or white, or in recorded form, in which Mir, alleged ISI.
Nothing that sort of happened yet.
His statement was a breaking news than an attack on him, with out understanding the nature of the statement. ISI is a primer spy agency of Pakistan, and alleging them like that with out any proof was clear cut insult to Pak Army. It could have caused anarchy in the country.
His second statement on Tuesday, April 24, read by his brother outside the hospital is totally contradicting to his first one. In 2nd one, he is saying that a few days ago some members of intelligence agencies came to his house and informed him that along with some other journalists, his name appears in a hit-list. This time he didn't mentioned ISI at all, just said he had been receiving threats both from state and non-state actors.
Karachi police have registered an FIR against unidentified assailants.
Why? why FIR is registered against "unidentified" when he openly said in his "earlier statement" ISI is responsible if he were murdered /attacked?
Problem is with our media culture as well. media groups are more concerned about rating and popularity. They don't understand the concept of national interest. Most of the time Celeb journalists have their own mind set and history, sometimes they don't mind acting biased and immature. They have ego problem. They take side with whoever they want and support. In their shows they keeping talking and talking, shouting and shouting, get emotional, sensationalize serious issues, talks without proofs.
No one blame national institutions like we do.
Hamid Mir is one of those journalist who over steps.
A journalists duty is to inform, not to get personal. They have to ask questions, not to put words in their guests' mouth.