Jihadi Non state Shareholders
According to the above report, mysterious and unidentified actors pose the biggest threat to press freedom. Among the threats to the lives of journalists are non-state actors and outlawed militant groups, which happens in consonance with
state authorities. The pathetic state of unannounced impunity for those who attack the media can be derived from the fact that not a single killer or attacker of media persons has been brought to justice.
According to official versions, at least seven journalists were murdered and 15 others injured in 2019 in the line of duty. Five of the seven fallen journalists have been identified as Urooj Iqbal, Mirza
Wasim Baig, Mohammad Bilal Khan, Ali Sher Rajpar and Malik Amanullah Khan.
The pathetic state of unannounced impunity, for those
who attack the media, can be perceived from the fact that not a single killer or attacker of journalists and media persons was probed, let alone brought to justice.
Draconian new Law to assist Prosecution and Bribery
The regulations, issued by the federal government
on Wednesday, empower authorities to fine or ban social media platforms over their users’ content. Companies such as Facebook (which owns WhatsApp), Twitter and Google (which owns YouTube) will be required to remove within 24 hours content
Pakistani authorities deem “unlawful.”
Specifically, the companies are tasked with providing decrypted content and “any
other information” about users accused of posting “blasphemous” material or content “related to terrorism, extremism, hate speech, defamation, fake news, incitement to violence and national security.”
These regulations will require social media giants to establish representative offices in Pakistan within three months and appoint a point person to answer complaints
filed by relevant government officials.
Pakistani authorities, under the new regulations, will be empowered to block services and levy
fines of up to $3.24 million. It is feared that this shall lead to extortion as well as bribery, while factual reporting shall take a backseat.
Chinese Media Management
For 02 months every year, starting 2016, China’s foreign ministry has hosted
around hundred foreign journalists from leading media houses in Asia and Africa. They have been given the red-carpet treatment: apartments in one of Beijing’s plush residences, the Jianguomen Diplomatic Compound, where a two-bedroom apartment
costs 22,000 Yuan (Rs 2.4 lakh), a 5,000 Yuan monthly stipend for some (Rs 50,000) and free tours twice-every-month to different Chinese provinces. They are also given language classes and at the end of the programme, they are given degrees in international
relations from a Chinese university.
In case of Pakistan, they have kept the matter in hands of Bajwa, who has been foxy in implementing
Xi Xinping’s desires, especially in preventing correct analysis of CPEC and related abuse of Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Sind. It is since 2017 that this crackdown on independent journalism has picked up unprecedented gore, experts say.
and international civil liberties advocates have denounced the regulations as a heavy handed attempt to curb fact finding, silence political opposition and curtail freedom of expression in Pakistan.
In a statement, the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) criticized the Pakistani government for enacting “in secret” the social media regulatory measures, demanding they should
immediately be rolled back.
Pakistan is playing the Xi’s game of creating a blanket on facts of “going on” in
the world and on its designs in CPEC. When China pushes its CPEC economic overdrive and begins with process of economically dictating Pakistan aka economic colonization of Pakistan, it wants the regulated media falsities to be spread in a coherent fashion.
This shall ensure the fact of Pakistan working for the Chinese economy does not come to fore, in front of its population.
be fought by people of Pakistan, in one way or the other, however, the downward spiral to ethical journalism in Pakistan is state initiated, and is likely to go from bad to worse in future.
20 Feb 20/Thursday
Written By: Fayaz