A few months back, the whole of the world around, witnessed a very strange rather shockingly unpatriotic behavior of a Pakistani media group which has been allegedly trying to make itself influential in every national and political affair of Pakistan by using all fair and unfair tools. It is true that the said media group succeeded in achieving most of the goals set for it by some anti-Pakistan forces but in spite of its best efforts it could not succeed in defaming the Armed Forces of Pakistan and the premier intelligence agency the ISI. The nation showed worst reaction when this media group tried to drag the ISI in the murder attempt on a senior journalist attached with this group. Not only the common public but also the cable operators throughout Pakistan expressed solidarity with the ISI and the Armed Forces of Pakistan by banning the transmission of the TV channel belonging to this media group. The government of Pakistan took serious judicial action against this group by imposing fine on it and by putting restrictions on its transmissions of this channel for a certain period of time. But all these actions could not pacify the public rage and wrath. An unannounced type of boycott of the newspaper and the TV channel belonging to this media group is still being observed. Unfortunately instead of mending its objectionable ways and manners, this group did not learn any lesson from the public reaction and kept on harping on the same strings. It neither changed its policy nor reviewed its strategy. Furthermore in protest against the public reaction, government’s action and against the reaction of the cable-operators, the hi-ups of this media group started portraying this group as a subdued victim. The employees of this media group are being compelled to play a vibrant role against the reaction of the nation. Some of the very popular and competent journalists, who had been working with this media group for a long time, have now joined other media groups because these senior journalists and anchors were not willing to put aside all traditions of neutrality and impartiality which are the basic characteristics of journalism.
It is the demand as well as the requirement of the whole nation that the PEMRA must make it sure that every media group follows a homogenous policy introduced by the government. Freedom of expression is no doubt very important but in the name of this freedom, no channel and no news paper must be allowed to spread an air of mistrust through prejudiced views and oblique-angled-vision. All media groups must realize that it is their responsibility to promote a positive image of this country as well as of all national institutions. Portraying our own national institutions in a negative way and giving the national scenario a gloomy look with sad colours would never be called patriotism.