Govt pressuring news media to give extensive coverage to case of gross incompetence that has nothing to do with PTI

In an across-the-country, cross-media effort, the government has reportedly been exerting pressures on the nation’s TV news channels, newspapers and their respective digital outfits to give extensive coverage to the rare case of gross incompetence that cannot be linked to the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI.)


“I got the call from the information minister and then also from ‘information minister’ Shibli Faraz,” said Azhar Abbas, Executive Director, Geo News. “He said that surely our journalistic credibility cannot have any issues covering an event that has actually taken place.”

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“I told both of them that of course it wasn’t a problem,” he said. “It was only later that I realised it very much was a problem because they wanted it covered top of the hour, every hour. I mean, yes, it is an important international story, but not that important for Pakistan specifically.”


“Yes, I mean the blocking of the Suez Canal has reverberations in global trade and is bound to have effects in Pakistan,” said Zafar Abbas, Editor Dawn. “But we can’t keep covering it all the time, but they just wouldn’t let it go.  The lede, second lede and the third lede of the front page is what they insisted on.”


“They even wanted us to take the views of people on the street and for us to frame the question in a manner that made it clear – even though it obviously didn’t need to be made clear – that the PTI government had absolutely no role in this.”


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