Media and Extremism

I believe in the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of media, gender equality and freedom of being given equal opportunities but here I give a pause and go back into time when the whole family including Mom, dad, sons, daughters, cousins etc. used to sit together and watch the TV programs and enjoyed much to their satisfaction. A slight contact between a male and female character in a TV program or movie was considered a huge and unexpected event. But now what to speak of the movies or dramas, even the commercials are not worthwhile to be seen together by a family who believes in fundamental social ethics.


I am not an extremist and always condemn the harsh and violent behaviors, but, can one not see the extremism going on in the electronic media. We are Muslims and we can not deny it and we have to have a balance between extremism and fundamentalism. TV dramas revolve around nothing else than love stories and looks given by the boys and girls characters and romantic dialogues. TV commercials are being supported by Mujra type dances of long duration. For God's sake what we are giving to our young generation, we are encouraging them to use the overnight packages of telecommunication companies and waste their time and energies in chatting with their boy or girl friends, and if one is not indulged in these activities so far, he or she thinks seriously to have a boy or girl friend first and then destroy his or her entire energies in these futile activities.


I must say that if we fail now to have a balance between the freedom and unrestricted freedom we are certainly inclined to step towards a bigger catastrophe.
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  • Sameer

    PPP government believes in freedom of expression and the abolition of the draconian laws framed by the previous governments is the manifestation of this resolve of the government. There is no other opine that independent media is essential for democracy to take root and at the same time I would warmly laud the government which had always appreciated positive criticism by the media. Media is an important state pillar and the main objective of the media is to inform, educate and entertain the society. Now it is responsibility of the government to provide all possible facilities to enhance the capacity of the media to people through various government sponsored training programs, which I think government is doing. The role of regional media is also very important in highlighting the issues and problems of those areas. I am sure that government is fully aware of the problems confronted by the regional press as PM Gillani has assured the Media delegates that the government will take all possible measures to redress the problems faced by the regional press. He told them he will attend the  Regional Convention being organized by APNS and consult the owners of the media houses to resolve the problems of regional press. The delegates thanked the Prime Minister for his support to ensure the freedom of media.

  • Shehla Azam

    The most serious allegation levelled against the Pakistani media is that it is very cautious in reporting about the violence caused by religious extremists. TV channels are dominated by far-rightists and hardcore conservatives. There are very few left-wing journalists. Terrorists are called “militants” or, at the most, “miscreants”. This nomenclature is chosen very carefully. So far, the media has not been able to come up with a well-defined campaign against the terrorists’ extremist propaganda, except for a few occasional songs or advertisements. The media, at the very least, has a very high tolerance for accommodating extremist ideas in its mainstream reporting.

    • Farrukh Saeed

      Miss Shehla Azam,
      All the constructive comments are welcome in response to my writing captioned as "Media & Extremism". But one thing i have noticed that no person has cared to favour the balance of the freedom of the media which i wrote about in my article. Islam respects the views of everyone but being a muslim state it has to draw a fine line between freedom of media and extremism of media.



    اپیل:میڈیا کے نیوز چینلز پر خبروںکے نام پر بے حیا ئی کی ترویج کی بھر پور مذمت کی جائے ۔عوام نیوزچینلز وینا ملک کی بے غیرتی اور بھارتی فلمی دنیا کی کہانیاں سننے کے لئے نہیں دیکھتی۔چینلز پر کوڈ آف کنڈکٹ اور اخلاقی اقدار کا خیال رکھا جائے۔جو نیوز چینلز ضابطہ اخلاق کی پاسداری نہ کرے عوام اسکا بائیکاٹ کرکے اسے اخلاقی حدود میں رہنے پر مجبور کردے۔گندگی جس کونے پر ہو اسے وہیں ڈھانک دینا چاہیے تاکہ اسکے جراثیم اپنی موت آپ مرجایئں ۔ خبروں کے نام پر برائی اور بے غیرتی کی تشہیر کرکے پورے معاشرے کو آلودہ کرنا خود بڑی بے غیرتی ہے۔