Thank you to the Supreme Court for keeping the media busy!

Published: August 13, 2012
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The so-called fourth pillar of democracy — media — that it has only focused on the ongoing executive-judiciary row and has neglected everything else.

Thank you very much, Chief Justice. Had it not been for the Supreme Court the media — journalists, television anchors, columnists and many others related to the vocation— would have been struggling to find something newsworthy during the Holy month of Ramazan.

Though our national character is known for being laidback, the month of Ramazan brings with it some additional lethargy, where no one is ready to do whatever he/she is supposed to be doing.

Perhaps, everyone is witness to the fact that when you go to get something done, people at the helm of affairs are seen taking extra credit for doing their job. And sometimes, if the task involves dealing with more than one department, it is advised that the task be taken up after the month of Ramazan. Hence, for a media person, finding a juicy story is not less than any other challenge in this month. But with the Supreme Court of Pakistan working during the summer and taking up high profile cases, including the prime minister and other notables of the country, it has provided the media industry enough fodder to keep it going.

It is Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who keeps journalists busy from nine to five, and no one dares to skip the proceedings and remarks passed by the judges, which make headlines for the print media, tickers for the electronic media and topics for the anchorpersons to hold entire talk shows on.

But this reflects the sorry state of affairs for the so-called fourth pillar of democracy — media — that it has only focused on the ongoing executive-judiciary row and has neglected everything else. Take the case of the painful power outages during the excruciating summer season. The magnitude of loadshedding has not changed during the month of Ramazan, despite promises by the government and there are blackouts even during sehri and iftar. I have personally witnessed this when I visited my village last week.

The discussion over the energy crisis is not possible without a thorough investigation due to which it is neglected and court proceedings — a ready to use material — are given preference in every medium of the media. I feel sorry to say that it is news when people come out on the streets, take the law in their own hands and damage public and private property but it is not news when there aren’t violent protests.

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Qamar Zaman

Qamar Zaman

The author is a reporter for the National pages for Express Tribune.

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